Saturday, September 3, 2011

Flagstaff Trip

Morgan needed a backpack picked up that he had left in Flagstaff. Phoenix was continuing the record of the hottest summer ever. So, Dee and I got in the car and drove up to the cool weather. We retrieved the backpack, dropped off some homemade cookies and jam to Nate's friend, Guard, at NAU, at at a Chinese buffet, and then set out on the road to Snow Bowl.

When the kids were younger, we used to camp along this road. It was rather primitive, but there were other campers. It was fun to take a walk every day and to find quite large pieces of obsidian (Apache Tears) along the road. Once we were on the path walking when a Northern Arizona summer rain hit. We started hiking back but soon became drenched. A kind pickup truck came by and drove us to our site.  It seems, though, there weren't as many obsidian available. (In fact, I found this handful in one location...all for my grandbabies!) Plus, the kids really don't have much of a memory of camping there, so maybe it was longer ago than I had recalled.

We drove all the way up to the lodge and ski lifts at Snow Bowl. We could have ridden, but I am not a real fan of we just started back. 

We found this need pull off/parking lot with a few trails, so we took a small hike. The weather was cool and moist. The clouds were covering the sky, but only brought intermittent raindrops. 

Note to self: NEVER let anyone take a picture of you blowing out anything...EVER!

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