Do you remember going back to school when you were a child? I sure do! One thing, in particular, I remember about back-to-school was writing a paper entitled “What I Did on My Summer Vacation”.
I took a hiatus from writing to spend more quality time with my monkeys this summer and we had a great time! I love being a stay-at-home-mom…it is the best job in the world! Now that it is Back-To-School, once again, and I thought I would share “What I Did On My Summer Vacation”.
Montezuma Castle and Well:
One place we went was a native american ruin about 2 hours north of where we live called “Montezuma Castle”. A short distance away is “Montezuma Well”. This monument was mistakenly named after the Aztec Emperor, Montezuma. It was actually the Sinagua people who built this “pre-historic high rise apartment building”.
Tuzigoot is another Sinagua ruin. This one is set on a hill in the middle of a valley. It gave the occupants a great defensive advantage. The really cool thing about Tuzigoot is the ability to actually walk through the ruins instead of just looking at them from afar.
Jerome, AZ is touted as America’s largest ghost town. As a child, my parents would drag me and my siblings on long car rides to visit places I didn’t care about 🙂 I am very glad they did. I am now a huge history buff and love visiting any historical site I can find! Now, it’s my turn to drag my kids to these places. Jerome has a fascinating history. It was founded in the 1880’s and millions of dollars worth of copper, gold, and silver was mined out before the closing of the last mine in 1953. In the 1920’s, the population was around 15,000, but after the mine closed, the population fell to only 50 people, and Jerome became a ghost town. As the years went on, artisits eventually discovered the town and revived it. The current population is about 500. It is definitely a tourist trap, but the history, view, and restored buildings were worth the visit.
We did a lot more this summer, but that is for another post. I hope you had a great summer vacation, too!
God Bless 🙂