Montezuma’s Castle: Living 100 feet up a cliff face

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Montezuma's Castle, just off I-17 south of Flagstaff, AZ.  @2013 ANVidean

Montezuma’s Castle, just off I-17 south of Flagstaff, AZ. @2013 ANVidean

On the way back from Northern Arizona University, where my daughter took a college tour recently, she and I stopped to play tourist at Montezuma’s Castle.

The Native American ruin lies just over 30 minutes south of Flagstaff, and a short jaunt down a narrow road into the desert. You think you’re in the middle of nowhere when suddenly the Visitor’s Center parking lot looms ahead.

Hand-packed mud holds  the walls together. ©2013 ANVidean

Hand-packed mud holds the walls together. ©2013 ANVidean

Another ruin, probably housing 100 people, in greater disrepair lies at the bottom of the elevated dwelling

Another ruin, probably housing 100 people, in greater disrepair lies at the bottom of the elevated dwelling. ©2013 ANVidean

Along an easy 1/3-mile loop trail along Beaver Creek, you can witness how native Arizonans lived in a structure built 100 feet up in a cliff face. They made use of all the materials available to them: a natural cave, stones, soil, Arizona Sycamore trees, and nearby water to carve out an amazingly robust and protected life for themselves.

Humans are truly ingenious, are they not?

I totally suggest a visit, and a chat with the knowledgeable ranger staffing the center there.

What other impressive sights can you recommend in Arizona?

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Word-of-mouth photos: Communing with springtime in Phoenix

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He spent a moment sizing me up, then returned to a more important task.    ©2013 ANVidean

He spent a moment sizing me up, then returned to a more important task. ©2013 ANVidean

The Desert Botanical Garden and Phoenix Zoo rank high among my favorite Phoenix-area walking sites, especially in the springtime. I picked out a few charming camera captures to share with you.

Go find some for yourself… and feel free to share in the comments below.

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Ann Narcisian Videan
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Roadrunner. If he catches you, you're through! ©2013 ANVidean

Roadrunner. If he catches you, you’re through! ©2013 ANVidean

Entrance to the DBG with glass sculptures by Chiluly. ©2013 ANVidean

Entrance to the DBG with glass sculptures by Chiluly. ©2013 ANVidean

The Phoenix version of snow... cotton from the Cottonwood trees. ©2013 ANVidean

The Phoenix version of snow… cotton from the Cottonwood trees. ©2013 ANVidean

Beautiful songbirds grace the DBG.     ©2013 ANVidean

Beautiful songbirds grace the DBG. ©2013 ANVidean

The wildflower trail at the DBG...perhaps my favorite destination in spring.     @2103 ANVidean

The wildflower trail at the DBG…perhaps my favorite destination in spring. @2103 ANVidean

Lazy lizard wonders what I'm doing on his path. @2103 ANVidean

Lazy lizard wonders what I’m doing on his path. @2103 ANVidean

Not winning any races today, tortoise.   @2103 ANVidean

Not winning any races today, tortoise. @2103 ANVidean

Coeur d’Alene: Rhythms & Muse’s hometown in pictures

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

The following photos, taken by author/singer/songwriter Ann Narcisian Videan, helped inspire her Rhythms & Muse novel and music CD. The flashbacks sections of her story take place in 1970s Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where Ann spent her junior high and high school years.

[The book is available at CreateSpace novel eStore (best value to author), and Amazon.com (convenient). Music CD and MP3 files are available via CreateSpace CD eStore and on Amazon.com, which also provides audio samples of each track.]