Family time was spent this weekend hiking. With the weather cooling off, it’s the perfect time to get out of the house and do a little exploring. Today, we headed south to Madera Canyon … a place that looks nothing like the rest of Southern Arizona. Think mountains, trees, lots of green and that’s what you find at Madera Canyon.
We packed a little picnic and planned on doing a small hike and then having our lunch. We ended up doing a three mile hike and collapsing on our picnic blanket at the end. Now, three miles isn’t really that tough, but factor in a four-year-old who no longer wants to walk half way through, a very excited dog who has to be controlled and a pregnant lady who can’t go as fast or as far as she used to.
Even if we were a little worn out and tackled more than we should have … it was a great adventure. We spotted a deer. We saw a wild turkey perched on top of an 18-foot tree. There were squirrels everywhere. And the most beautiful butterflies.
We bought a book at Costco last weekend called “Weird Arizona.” It has inspired us to do more day trips on the weekends.
There are so many REALLY cool things within a short distance of our house …. next weekend I want to check out the Santa Cruz Chile and Spice company. They make the chile paste I use for Chile Con Carne and I’d love to see how they make all their spices and such.
We also want to spend a weekend sleeping in the wigwams in Holbrook, Arizona. Shelby really wants a teepee for her bedroom, so we’re hoping to satisfy her teepee desires by spending a weekend sleeping in one. Holbrook isn’t too far from Flagstaff, which is about 3 1/2 hours north of Tucson. It should be grand fun!