I loved our vacation in
At 7,000 feet, this small
town is in the high country, surrounded by pines and rolling mountains. Arizona
Arizona’s small Rockies,” says the counselor, my mountain man.
He just loves it up here.
Commonly seen are people sporting dread locks (even children), adults on skate boards being pulled by dogs and the happy hobo asking for a handout.
It’s the type of place were if you forget to wear deodorant, you actually fit in better.
Our trip was very relaxing.
The weather was dramatic, with storms rolling over the mountain tops every afternoon.
Rain, mist and thunder in the distance is how I’ll remember my time here.
We swam at night in the hotel pool under a sky full of stars.
We ate ice cream after that.
Lots of ice cream.
, I don’t play by the same rules as I do at home. Flagstaff
And we stayed up way too late watching the Casey Anthony verdict and discussion.
I had a hard time sleeping after that whole fiasco.
I kept checking on
and held her in my arms as she slept. Eden
On the drive into
, we stopped in Sedona. Flagstaff
And did some cliff jumping in Oak Creek Canyon.
At about 20 feet high, even Mayer took the plunge.
One time was enough for this little guy.
Day 2 found us in
, scaling cliffs and checking out ancient dwelling built in the rocks. Walnut Canyon
I can't stress enough just how high these cliffs were.
Mind you, coming here was the counselors idea, you know that destroy and conquer mentality.
This was not the ideal place to take 5 young children in a thunder storm, but with lots of "Slow down, hold my hand" and "Get away from the cliff!", we survived.
Please don't judge me for my hat. I already feel old enough!
It was a great place to throw rocks.
And just wait until you heard them hit the canyon floor.
Day 3 found us at the
4th of July parade. Flagstaff
My favorite entry?
You guessed it. I think I was the only one actually cheering when the Goodwill truck drove by.
Day 4 found us at Sunset Crater.
If this place was 118 degrees like Phoenix was, it would have been hell, but at a cool 75 degrees, it's breathtaking.
More cliffs, more high mountains and more rain coming in.
This was the type of vacation where if you're kid puts his pants on backwards, it's all good.
At this point, thunder was common and Mayer stopped asking if the thunder was a dinosaur.
This mountain range was a high grade and a difficult climb. To keep Mayer motivated, I told him he could slide down it when we were done.
Day 5 found us at the park, under a gray afternoon sky and a gentle breeze and Payson hitting pine cones with a bat. I realize this may have been an entirely different trip if I didn't have 4 boys.
“Suck it in,” the counselor said to the boys, knowing back in
it was a whopping 118. Phoenix
Back home, we missed the haboob (A haboob (Arabic هبوب) is a type of intense sandstorm commonly observed in arid regions throughout the world) that came into
and caused dirty havoc. Phoenix
I left the counselor with the kids at the park and shopped at Goodwill.
Day 6 found us touring Flagstaffs famous haunted hotels. The counselor found information at the visitor center and read about the ghosts that are seen and heard.
Payson loved this, while
decided to wait in the lobby. Chandler
Day 7 and we drove back into Sedona to visit Slide Rock. The water, oh the water, felt so good.
And more cliff jumping.
Arizona is full of crazy cliffs. One place we didn't go?
The craziest cliffs of all: The Grand Canyon.
Maybe next year.
And Eden decided to start walking while at the train station.
Isn't that just like Flagstaff; a place to have my baby start walking in the rain while a gigantic train rolls by.
Sweet baby, she's wearing her designer Lucky Jeans I found at Goodwill.
I hope you all had a great 4th of July.