So now that the holidays are over, we have decided that it's time to start exploring our new state (or new to everyone but Ken!) And boy, was this a weekend of adventures!
On Saturday morning, we took the kids a few miles down the road to the White Tank Mountain Regional Park. We choose the Waterfall Trail for our first foray into hiking. It's a short 1 mile loop. Armed with binoculars, camo vests, water and granola bars, we set out!
The kids were particularly intrigued by the "Beward of Mountain Lions" sign. They kept asking when we would see the King of the Mountain. Ken assured them that there was no danger of seeing a mountian lion given how loud they were being!
And they were off!
And they allowed the kids to see the Petroglyphs up close!
Ken explains about saguaro cactus.
And we wrap up the hike with a "kid soda" (aka Root Beer) and chocolate. Cheers!
In addition to cleaning the garage, the kids helped Ken sweep up a bunch of leaves that had accumulated around our neighbor Claire's house. We had a hard time convincing them that jumping in a pile of leaves on concrete wasn't a good idea!
Sunday morning after church we decided that we should head to Prescott, a short 100 mile drive, for lunch! The ride there was uneventful. We had lunch at The Palace Saloon, an awesome saloon that was built in 1901. I'm not sure what the kids liked more - the "cowboy doors," aka swinging doors, or the plastic glasses with flashing lights that their Shirley Temples came.
After an awesome lunch, we headed home the long way. When we came across dirt road to Wolf Creek, Ken couldn't resist. We had a great time bouncing along the road for the first 8 or 9 miles. It was sunny and warm and the view was wonderful.
Ken helped the boys get unstuck and we decided to turn around and get out of the snow and ice. And what should we come across on our way out but...
a tree that had fallen across the road in the 30 minutes or so since we had passed this exact spot! Fortunately, there was another explorer who had come up to the tree and he had a rope! First Ken had to help free the end of the tree.
Then they used the rope to pull the tree off the road.
Having had enough of the woods, we headed back to civilization!
Based on our experience on the forest service roads this weekend, the kids have decided that we need 2 types of kits when we go exploring. Here they are:
* Saw (they wanted to cut the tree!)
* Rope (because when a tree falls in the forest, it can block a road!)
* Shovel (for digging teenagers out of the snow)
* Granola Bars (everyone got a little hungry)
* Water (and thirsty)
* Camping stove (for heating water)
* Oatmeal (in case we ever have to spend the night)
* Blankets (same as oatmeal)
* Snow Jackets
* Snow Boots
* Snow Gloves
* Sled (Corbin said for moving rocks, Connor said for sliding down hills)
So that was our weekend of adventuring in Arizona! I wonder where we'll end up next weekend!