Willow Lake Ruins, Enchanted Canyon Petroglyphs & A Sweet Farewell to Prescott
Yesterday we decided to explore the Willow Lake area, which is also within the vicinity of the Granite Dells in Prescott.
Having spent the previous day at Watson Lake, I was curious to see the difference, if any, in the energy there.
And indeed there was. I could sense it right away and even the landscape had a variance to it.
Part of the difference may have something to do with the area around it being more developed and homesteads across the way on the south also within view.
But there also seemed to just be a different energy that wasn’t as inviting to me. The lake itself didn’t seem as pristinely kept and even the RV within walking distance from it felt different.
For not knowing the area, I felt again we were always being guided to the area that would be most supportive for us, as we really liked the energy of the park we were in and that it was within walking distance from Watson Lake.
Regardless, there was still beauty there, ancient history and energy.
That is what drew us to check out, knowing there were some ruins to explore here.
And so it was a day of retracing ancient footsteps….first exploring the significant archaeological site of the remains of village ruins that were occupied A.D. 900 to 1100 on the north shore of now Willow Lake.
Right before stepping into the ramadas that protect the ruins, we found a gorgeous giant moth (like 4-5 inches) right outside like an ancient guardian. Neither of us had ever seen a moth so huge! And it was really beautiful in coloring, as well as had this very thick soft looking body with feather-like antennae. Prehistoric indeed.
After connecting with moth we entered the ruins.
These are called pit houses because they are built down into the ground and the holes you see include holes for the poles that were for roof and floor support, storage, and fire pits. They apparently were inhabited first and then later turned solely to storage houses, but while inhabited they built wooden platform floors over the ground so that they could use the underneath part for storage (creating a basement-like effect).
It’s unclear why the inhabitants left, but that the settlement declined gradually, perhaps due to changing climate, drought, and other environmental changes.
It’s very interesting to read the information at the sites, which I included a little bit here for you.
We just made it in time to view the ruins as they are only open on Saturday from 10am – 12pm and after we left they were closed off.
We then hiked around the lake just a bit to explore the terrain, discovering some different cactus, including these sweet snowflake looking ones.
And then enjoyed our picnic lunch I packed by the site of the ruins under a ramada.
Then we continued our day of ancient discoveries by driving to find the petroglyphs we had seen on a map when we first arrived to the area.
They are in an inconspicuous place you wouldn’t know to look unless you specifically were trying to find them, as a whole development has been built upon around it with homes, leaving the petroglyph area smack in the middle with a hiking trail around it.
After finding the site we climbed the rocks to view what are known as some of the most treasured petroglyphs and American Indian remains.
These Indian Rock Petroglyphs in the Enchanted Canyon subdivision contain over 100 petroglyph elements including etched names and dates of early visitors from the 1800’s and early 1900’s.
They were very cool indeed and the most detailed I’d ever seen, but the more involved ones you did have to climb up higher to be able to see.
After I’d climbed down, Dave continued exploring the rocks to see what else he could find, as I decided to take the other path of the trail to see where it would lead.
I went a little ways and felt I’d gone as far as I wanted and got ready to turn back when I looked down and what do you know….once again I discover a heart rock in my path.
Loving the ancient energy and where this journey is taking us, integrating the old with the new, and deepening into our embodiment as human beings.
After coming back for a shower and to give Cosmo a bath, we decided to head into the town square of Prescott. I hadn’t been there for years. We explored some of the galleries, including the coop galleries there, and one crystal/metaphysical store where we picked up some incense including one called “Fairy Dreams”.
And then decided on pizza for dinner where we discovered they just so happened to have vegan cheese and next door a shop that had vegan chocolate chip cookies. 🙂
Our waiter was a young guy no more than 20 and it happened to be a particularly stressful night for him, which he kept apologizing for. He was handling big orders and a lot of tables, told us about one woman who had her dinner and then told him she had no money and asked him to pay for it, and so on. I could feel his stress and we of course were in no rush so made it easy for him.
There ended up being a mix up with our pizza, which took longer and they ended up giving it to us free. And in the end, as we were walking by him to leave the guy said in passing how sorry he was, AGAIN, telling me it would be better next time he promised and that he has “served me before.”
As we got outside I told Dave what he said and he said, yeah, he must be talking about another lifetime in which he “served” you, as he laughed and I laughed hearing that from him, as we both knew it was not in this life, since I’d never seen him before or eaten there.
We then enjoyed the movie, “Zootopia,” which is such a cute movie about a female bunny who decides she can be anything and becomes the first bunny cop in Zootopia, ending up changing the world for the animals.
In one of the galleries in town I’d been taken by a sculpture of a jack rabbit and wouldn’t you know that when we pulled up back to our RV park, a little cotton tail bunny ran in front of the car.
There has been a lot of rabbit energy here.
And so we ended our evening and time here in Prescott on a sweet note.
It has been a lovely few days and great finding a Whole Foods we stocked up at. Dave was especially excited to find vegan donuts there.
There’s also a Trader Joe’s and Natural Grocers market here. So it’s an easy place to find some good food if you’re traveling through.
The whole city was in bloom and I was loving the white and pink blossoms on the dogwood trees so much.
I snapped a photo of the white blossoms against the blue sky of day and the pink blossoms against the dark night sky.
I love flowering trees so much! It reiterated that when we settle down into a home again down the road, I will definitely have some on the land. Pure magick they are!
Today we leave the area and head off to the Sedona area where we’ll be for the next two weeks. Very much looking forward to that, as it is always significant to return there at specific times.
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