These are some of the 1032+ identified petroglyphs at V bar V ranch. The historical site is located right off I17 at the southern exit to Sedona. It’s east of the freeway by about 1 mile.
The V bar V was one of many ranches in the area. The family preserved the petroglyphs and donated the land. Red Rocks pass (same pass used around Sedona) can be purchased here. Its a level trail that is about 1500 feet from parking lot to petroglyphs. Morning sun will get you best pictures. And don’t wait till afternoon the hours are limited. They are open Friday thru Monday, 9AM to 3PM
“Clearly, you can see it is a cycle of killing. The arrows are death at their own hands as they bowed and surrendered more and more to the white man.” Jenny looks at her Grandfather.
“Honey, it wasn’t that simple. Half the tribes used us to get rid of their rivals. We took land they weren’t using and set up farms and cities.” Grandpa points at the ring with his cane “This is a bone colored ring with a couple of arrows and blood. Hell, you could make something better with some paste and paper.”
“Grandpa! He is a world renowned artist. They brought this here to commemorate the opening of Indian Hills at Columbus Circle. It’s a real piece of art.” Jenny looks at Grandpa like she has seen a holy relic
“It’s a piece of work, all right! But you’re shopping at a place named for the guy who ended the Indians way of life.” Grandpa looks around at the glass enclosures and brightly colored banners. “Yep! Those Indians sure would like all this spread out here.”
Written as part of a challenge called Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, details are available at
There had been several attempts to dismantle National Monuments by big oil for years. But alas, someone put pen to paper.
Washed down in syrup
Another liquid fizz
Lingering need for more
The world versus me
They haven’t got a chance!
Teflon hero immune
To cause and others
Right by self-interest
Center attention resides
Places build up within others
Written on banner
Held hands high
Little Big Horn awaits
If you only know
Sharing isn’t caring
Leavening the field
Dragging you down here
Blame and hate
Chains keeping you down
Across all views
Problems involving everything
Excited drawing blood
Hoping pain caused
Damage little concern
One more million
One more collection
Things horridly glorious
Poor only want nothing
All that shines
All that glitters
Attention span withers
Dreams awash vision
Mind dances fancy thoughts
Incredible drowse embraces
My work drifts away
Soul joins the shadows
Flesh dripping taste
Candys last linger clings
Forbidden flavor always best
Touch builds memory
Desire creating scene
A long time ago there were eight capital sins, corrupted souls got lazy and combined aspects of a few. Besides 7 sounds better as deadly sins
Officially it’s Memorial Day in the US. But it was once Decoration Day. The origins of this run deep. The Union troops first celebrated the holiday on May 30, 1868. But their were ones before that.
April 26,1866 was the first offical celebration of the Civil War dead in the south. The gravesodd the Confederate troops were decorated with ribbons and buttons. It was a symbol of homespun touches. The south want left with much. Most of the people in the south eye fast from rich before the war.
There small marking on Anniversary of major battles were common for both Northern and Southern graves. This was a war that no one thought would ever come. It’s a war that started with only a Northern Army and Northern Navy. The South were farmers with little industry. Every able bodied man who wasn’t a plantain owner fought in the South.
The Northern Armies were full of troops that well to do people paid others to take their place. In the North, a grand horse race track called Saratoga opened in the height of the war. The Southern people raced to Richmond to riot for bread. The honor of the fighters for the South was not lost that all but Gettysburg was fought in their homes, their fields, over their crops.
Both sides died in a war to force the country back together. From the beginning when families watch on the side lines outside Alexandria. To the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse. These men lead to a celebration to honor all those lost in battle under Stars and Stripes
My soul has washed up on
time’s beach out of place
My eyes pale and change green to blue
I remember things I have not seen
I’m certain the corner ahead
hides my past from view
Shadows cone to greet me
with flashes previous
Falth whispers ” meant to be ”
ears assemble pieces together
Thousand puzzles with no image
descend into view
Tallowed like a glove, they all fit ideally
Their embrace frees fear to conquer anew
It could be madness or immaculate
that fills me now
A mirrors image either way to inner journeys beyond maps
I was destined to arrive here eventually
Fields of dreams tucked in beds under
I’m a fulfilled spirit walking amongst
wishes and prayers
Under a star filed blanket I pause to reflect the
History taught me about time and place
Nature slipped my place through time
I understand divinity is destiny
A first blush these aren’t the ruins you go to visit. Actually this is what find look like before they are cleaned up and repaired and signed. The rock outlines and fences spread out across 4 acres here. There are changes in styles of rooms and positioning with other rooms. Over four hundred years people lived here. They used rocks as foundations and covered them with branches or skins and wooden frames.
In the picture above, the sapling pine sits where a door was. There is an oval ring where a house stood about 1150 AD toward the end of their stay here.
It’s on the Houston Mesa Rd off of North Arizona 87. There’s a weird feeling to the place. You could spend more time here than you realize.