Well, we got a little busy with a short stint at playing “normal life”. We tried on Flagstaff for size, and it fit well for a short time, but the road was calling our names so we hit the trail just as the snow rolled in.
The RV isn’t quite as cozy at 17 degrees and paychecks weren’t big enough to warm us up either, but we met some great new people and were taken care of by two dear friends, Mike and Tiffany.
When we weren’t working as a landscaper and preschool teacher in Flagstaff, we took some time to explore the daytrip areas just outside of town. I’ll keep down to our four favorite spots.
4) Kelly Canyon
This beautiful public land is just miles from downtown. It’s forested, in an Arizona sense of the word and boasts lots of space for outdoor activities not welcome in the city. It’s got a good shooting spot, filled with splattered bullseyes and an array of tv’s and other broken appliances good for target practice. We liked to go up here after work and take my not-so-trusty Arizona wheels out for some good muddin’. We explored lots of dirt roads, a few I would call more “trails” rather than “roads” and even found an abandoned cabin!
3) Two Guns, AZ
The desert is great at preserving the past. This gem used to to be a KOA style campground accompanied by a really crazy tourist trap along historic Route 66, all apparently built ON THE APACHE DEATH CAVES. What’s a death cave, you may ask? Well, the Apache Natives used the slot canyons as shelter to hide from warring tribes. They were discovered and burnt alive by fires intentionally started at both entrances to the caves. All dead. All very bad juju.
So, in the ‘50s or ‘60s, this guy decides he’s immune to the curse of the land. He builds a very white, very fake version of “Native ruins” along with a coyote exhibit, with real, live mountain lions that he caught himself and locked up using CHICKEN WIRE.
Long story short, this guy was eventually eaten alive by said mountain lions, surprise, surprise. I don’t even feel bad for him. Stupidity and arrogance is a dangerous mix.
2) The Grand Canyon
A bit obvious, but for good reason. The Grand Canyon is in fact, very grand. Luckily we went midweek, so it wasn’t too busy. My mom and my brother joined us, so it was a nice family trip.
Pictures don’t do it justice, because it just isn’t possible to photograph the depth and size of something so incredibly massive.
1) An "Edge of the World" Engagement
The drive out there, scenic gravel road for 30 miles into the forest. The view at the end, breathtaking. AND THEN he got down on one knee and made it the most memorable moment in my life. How stinkin’ perfect and adorable is that? The "Edge of the World" is appropiately named. The huge cliffside opens up to a picturesque bird's eye view of beautiful Sedona, AZ in its entirety. He put a lot of thought into choosing a spot that was both beyond beautiful and also a place that I had never seen before. It was perfect. I love this man, and now, it’s official.