Sunday, August 10, 2008

Campin' with the Hamblins

This past weekend Daniel and I took off work on Friday and went a camping with my parents. We ended up meeting them at Mormon Lake near Flagstaff Arizona.

We didn't get there until about 9:00 P.M. so we had fun trying to put up the tent in the dark. It was nice to finally get away from work and get reacquainted with nature.

On Friday we visited Jerome, a mining town taken over by Hippies. We checked out the shops and then the local ghost town. They had a few old original buildings like a dentist, shoe repair shop, and even an old sawmill that still works.

Pretty much the place was an old dump. It was a place that the locals would dump their old rusty vehicles. We saw an old police car, a delivery truck, fire engine, etc. I wouldn't suggest paying the $5.00 per person to get in but we made the most of it!

The best part of Jerome was the FUDGE! They had a little store that had homemade fudge. It was yummy. I even converted Daniel into liking the plain vanilla fudge that has been my life long favorite flavor.

Later that day we visited Montezuma's Castle and the Tuzigoot ruins. We were able to climb up to the very top and look over the valley. There was no question of why the natives chose here to populate. There was a beautiful river running by and a spacious valley for their gardens.

On Saturday we visited the Sedona area. We went on a hike in the cottonwood canyon. I it was a nice easy hike but the sensory was great!

As we were driving down past slide rock on our way out of the canyon we hit a little traffic. We saw that a dog was running back in forth stopping the cars. The poor thing looked so scared. People were trying to catch the dog but that just scared him more. He ended up jumping over the medium. To our horror we realized we were on a bridge and the dog just jumped over the edge. =( Poor thing!

We then visited Cathedral Rock and Sunset Crater. We got the opportunity to walk on the lava flow which was really cool.

In the evenings we played cards and roasted marsh mellows. On Saturday night we were sitting around the campfire talking when all of a sudden a skunk found it's way into our camp. My Dad jump up and startled the skunk who turned around and lifted his tale and............... ran away. We were so lucky he didn't spray.
We had a blast!


Natalie Strong said...

Sounds like you had fun. Wish I could have been there to share the fudge with you.

Amy E. said...

Sounds fun-I was having flashbacks of my 5th grade ELP trip where we went to Tuzigoot and saw Sunset Crater.