Just a little bit of everything

I did so good the first year of blogging keeping up with things and posting everyday. Lately though, I feel like I barely sit down and if I do, I don’t sit down with my computer. Then my computer got sick. I mean some kind of crazy virus that didn’t allow us to log in. My boys freaked out. I had no idea what to do. Thankfully my youngest Denton found what is called a FIXME STICK. It plugs into to your USB port and then cleans your computer. Again, thankfully, it worked! We can now log in and use the computer.  So here is a little bit of an update about what has been going on.

 

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Town Celebration have started! Rose Festival Parade in State Center.
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Thanks to Squeaker for having 5 more babies! They are growing and adorable, but need to find new homes. Soon.
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We have been getting everyone out regularly to exercise and eat grass.
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Thank heavens we didn’t get all the stupid Musk thistles last year. I was worried we wouldn’t have anything to do.
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Raspberries have gotten ripe with all the heat and rain in early June.
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Speaking of rain, got caught on a walk and was waiting for it to stop. So took a couple pictures of the beautiful drops.
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Dolly was indeed bred. She had one large buck, our last Blaze baby.
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And just duplicated herself. Seriously, they are identical.
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Took Piper with me for company one day. She loves exploring and was exhausted by the time we were done.
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I took Landon for company too. But I made him work. He’s pretty good help when he isn’t complaining.
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I have seen more wild life this year than any I can remember. Baby deer, big deer, pheasants, turkeys, coyotes, wide variety of birds, and even a few babies!
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I love these flowers. Instead of trying to take mom flowers that have wilted by the time I get back to her, I send her pictures of her bouquet. 
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Another cool nest we found another day. Couldn’t believe how neat the nest was wound onto the plant. 
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The garden is growing, but so are the weeds. Grrr…
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Our Wednesday nights are busy with Guinea Pig Agility classes…
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and Rabbit Hopping. This is not hopping so much as breaking. Miss Kitty lays out like this when she has had enough!
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The kids are busy training their animals for fair. Raider the lamb is not loving his halter!
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Our 8th annual Petting Farm at Collins Days Celebration. The 4-H kids did a wonderful job with their animals and posters for it!
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There were a bunch of pictures of the parade, but here is our new sign for the club carried by two of our members. I truly love these kids and what they do.
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Finally, I took Landon last Sunday and dropped him of at his Naval League Cadet Corp Basic Training Orientation. For a WEEK. No phone calls, no letters, no contact, unless there is a medical emergency. Since we are about half way through Friday and his graduation is Saturday at 0930, I assume he has made it through. I have missed him terribly and can’t wait to see him and hear all about it. I am so proud of him but this mommy likes having her kiddos at home with her!

So that pretty much gets us through the month of June. It’s been busy and I hope I have a chance to get back on here again before July is over, but if not, be well and enjoy the beauty that is all around you!

 

 

Adventures of Memorial Day Weekend

Well, I had big plans for the weekend. They mostly consisted of tilling my garden, planting as much as physically possible and mowing. But the torrential rain we got Saturday about noon really set me back. No tilling meant no gardening. I did finally get most of my mowing done. But, since I couldn’t do what I wanted I found other ways to keep busy!

Saturday…

 

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Piper checking on the overly dramatic Raider the Sheep after his banding.

 

Started to morning by banding all the boys, goats and sheep, and giving them their second CDT shot.

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Button with Laker and Royal(standing) Dodger being a little dramatic.
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Indi with Ziggy (back) and Xavier (front) who wasn’t dramatic at first and then holy cow goat!
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Scarlett’s kids Jacy (left) and Jeff (laying down) wondering what the heck happened here?

Once we got that done I ran to town for some groceries. I was still planning on tilling the garden about 1. Then the rain came. Hard fast moving rain that dumped about .9″ on us. Gee just when my garden was almost dry enough to work in. Sigh.

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After some minimal pouting, I turned around and this. How can you be upset about rain when there is beauty like this behind you?

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So I brushed these guys out and double checked new tattoos and nails and switch them to the outside pens. Then I kind of wandered and checked everything out.

Much to my surprise the pigeons have started laying eggs! We got two, but one had a tiny crack. They are so cute.

Sunday…

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Madelyn had gone camping with some friends, so the boys and I decided we should have our own adventure. We sent to Buffalo Wild Wings and ate, which was probably enough excitement for the day to them. Then we head on west of Ames to the Ledges State Park near Boone. They weren’t sure what to expect. At first, I think they were fairly convinced that they were going on an adventure like we do at Mom’s house. With creeks and ravines and some trees. They like those adventures, sure, but I think they were hoping for something new.

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They thought it was very beautiful walking through and finding stairs. They were sure by this point that we had seen the ‘ledges’ that were actually just little ravines.

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His face when he actually saw the Ledges, completely priceless!

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The excitement level ramped up a bit here. While we still had to hike a ways, they couldn’t wait to see what it actually was like down there!

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It was beautiful. I had driven here before but never taken the time to walk around. It was beautiful and a perfect day.

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I am almost certain that Landon has done or said something that upset Denton here!

 

Of course they had to get in the water and played and explored here for about an hour.

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The swallows nest along the ledge are crazy. It looks like they barely fit.

 

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Third time up these stairs, my energy is fading, theirs seems to be growing!

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They were very excited to get to the top and see what was up there. Ended up mostly trees, but there were some beautiful sights on the way.

 

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Looking back to where we had been.
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Straight down.

Over all it was a great afternoon together. We finished by heading through Dairy Queen for a smoothie and headed home to clean up and relax. Which is when I finally got the mowing done.

Monday…

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Started bright and early at the Rhodes Fire Department Annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast! Yum! Then I had to go to town for our business to get everything finalized for the Rhodes Memorial Day celebration. Then we got ready and headed to Collins to meet at the cemetery for the event there. I missed taking a picture of the awesome fly over a local pilot does! It was very cool and I got caught watching!

Then after we all ate dinner at the bar in Rhodes with the local legion, we all headed back to mom’s for our family fun! Started by getting supper ready and cooking and then headed out for an pasture adventure.

 

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Littlenephew made it to the top of the big big hill.
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Throwing rocks.

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Niece#2 was actually considering pole vaulting the creek!
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Niece#3 was happy to help her sister out in this poor idea!
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I wonder what Denton and littlenephew are discussing?

 

 

Just missing Niece#1, Niece#5, BigNephew, Sisinlaw and Brother, but quite the crew. My heart is full. After a Creek long adventure, we headed back to check food and play our usual game of kickball! No serious injuries, but Sister did come out of retirement and she might be a little sore today!

We celebrated Niece#3’s birthday and had way to much food and a lot of loud discussions, but there is no where I would rather be!

Thank you to everyone who has and will serve for this blessed life and beautiful country I get to call home. Freedom is not Free.

 

After all the sickness

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As I told you that all the bottle babies had been fighting some kind of sickness. I think we have it under control. After the vet had been here the 2nd time to treat Drizzle for bloat, I cleaned everything out and then sprayed them down with bleach. After they dried, I built new hay feeders and grain feeders and bedded them down.

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I am hopeful that this is going to help take care of whatever it was. Everyone seems to be on the mend. I am slightly disappointed that they lost weight as we had weigh in for the fair last weekend. They are of course a little on the small side. I really hope they take off and do well.

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The chickens got a clean floor as well. They didn’t seem to like the Clorox, but I don’t know where the sickness is coming from so they will have to deal with it.

 

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Mixing bottle baby milk.

 

In the meantime, my days have been filled with a familiar sight.

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Bottles and more bottles. Since I am still home most days and can, we have been feeding three times a day.

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Denton has been feeding Raider the Lamb most days. I usually feed Drizzle.

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Landon takes care of Buster. They get pretty panicked and are out of control most feedings. Even though they are eating three full bottles three times a day, you would never know it by their behavior!

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I did happen to be able to sneak up to the pen on evening after they had eaten and get a picture of them being calm. I don’t think that Lamb will ever know he isn’t a goat! They can be so sweet!

 

After being gone

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Scarlett Buck Jeff

Well, I will start with before I left actually! A couple days before we went on vacation Landon discovered that Scarlett had a baby!

I went out and checked and since she was still pushing, waited and it wasn’t that long and…

 

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Spotty doe! Her name is Jacy.

 

Yup! Twins. I was relieved because they had a couple days to get going before we left for a week.

 

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Jacy in the back, Jeff in the front

 

Then since we were going to be gone to save people the trouble, we moved Scarlett and babies, Indi, Button, and Tawny to 7th Heaven Acres so that Niece#4 and Sister could care for them and check the other 2 does that are due any time. Tawny went along for the ride because after being in with the bucks for over a year and still not getting bred means she needs to go to the sale barn.

 

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Scarlett and babies settling into their vacation home.

 

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Indi, Button, and Tawny settled into to their vacation home.

Sister had a goat that need to go to the sale as well, so she was kind enough to take Tawny for us that week.

 

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Indi’s buck Xavier

 

They were also kind enough to care for Indi, who decided to kid while were on our way to the airport! I mean why wouldn’t she? I have only been doing barn checks for the entire week before we left through the night.

 

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Xavier and Ziggy

 

I am really not all that upset because she has proven she is an excellent mother and had wild colors again so we are happy. Another buck and doe for us. So we returned from our trip and got everyone moved home and settled back in. It is spring so it’s time to start thinking about fair. Since this is Denton’s last year as a Clover Kid, that means bottle babies.

 

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Buster

 

 

 

We got these two from my friend Deb and they took right off. Unfortunately, Jazzy took a turn for the worse and despite the vet and I trying everything we couldn’t save her. The next day, my friend Michael came walking up to me and said ‘I have something for you’

 

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Dear friend Alishia really wanted to claim him for her own!

 

Not a goat but he had a lamb that no one would claim. They are his dad’s and his dad is on vacation currently so I brought him home to bottle feed as well. Meet Raider the Lamb.

Then we had some excitement at Sister’s farm! Prim, Niece#4’s bottle goat from a couple years ago had her first kids! Triplets!! They are tiny, adorable, and doing great! They all pretty much look exactly like the one that Neice#5 is holding! Niece#4 got 2 bucks and a doe. She was so excited she could hardly breath!

 

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Niece#5 and Leia with Denton looking on. The bucks are Hans and Luke.
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Neice#3 and LittleNephew checking out Polly’s buck

Then more excitement at their farm. Polly, Neice#2’s Alpine doe had twins! A beautiful buck and an equally beautiful black doe! She has named her doe Layla and was unsure of a name for her little buck.

Then we come back to our place for more excitement of the spring! Button was still expecting and she sure surprised us!! Landon called me in a panic. ‘Are there supposed to be 7 babies in with Scarlett?’ Umm, no unless someone had new babies!

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And someone did! Button gave us a variety pack of color in her triplets! 2 does and a buck for us!

 

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Button’s does Royal
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Button’s buck Laker
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Button’s doe Mystic

So far, other than some wonky legs that first day, they are all doing well and appear to be getting enough from mom! I will watch them carefully to ensure that their tummies stay full and they are growing without supplemental bottles.

After the triplets were born, the kidding pen seemed a little full with Scarlett, Indi, Button and 7 babies vying for spots to lay down and eat. Scarlett’s kids were bigger and doing great so I kicked them outside.

 

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Jeff and Jacy

 

They could not be happier! Oh the bucking and kicking and jumping that is going on out there! They are absolutely adorable and so much fun to watch. Indi and her two will probably join them after this next round of rain.

 

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Not a great picture, but Pearl is the black and Diamond is the light

Meanwhile, since I was moving around, I figured it was time to wean these two. Janet and Diana had pretty much already done the weaning, but I would like the two does to dry up and put some weight back on before rebreeding. So these two are in with the bottle babies to eat and grow.

Now that everyone that is currently due has kids on the ground, I only have to find a bottle doe for Denton. I really want him to have the chance to have a doe like Scarlett that Landon raised. He’s pretty sad about Jazzy, because she just a doll, but unfortunately with farming, things go wrong sometimes for no reason at all. This should catch you up on the babies for now. I will get out and get more updates on everyone else soon.

 

 

 

Arizona Day 6 and 7!

Our last day was basically spent relaxing and hanging around home. We took the kids to school and then came back home to lay around the pool. It was warm outside, but the pool hadn’t had time to warm up yet.

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Jenny and Emmett have a beautiful yard and live in a very peaceful neighborhood. It’s actually called a county island because they have not joined the town of Buckeye yet and still have rural water and septic tanks.

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I was so relaxed and read my book and dozed off and on. I loved just hanging out.

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Peaking over the pool is the cactus in their yard along with their palm trees.

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Their pool and surrounding area is really nice. Especially when you can leave it filled all year round.

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I love it and could see how if it warms up more than today how this would be where I spent my time!

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80*. This is what it was like for the whole day. Sunny and 80*. I loved every bit of it.

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Madelyn wanted to be brave, but that water was pretty cold. She just kept thinking about it for the better part of an hour.

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Then…she did it. Jumped right in. She was practically in shock from the cold but at least she could say she went swimming in March on her vacation. I didn’t even get my swimming out. Just sat laughing at her antics!

So our day went. We went to get the kids from school and then hung out doing homework and went to Chase’s practice and then headed home for one last relaxing evening of hanging out with the family.

The final morning dawned just as beautiful as the rest and we packed and took the kids to school one final time. I nearly cried knowing it will be while before I can hug them again. I even got to give Chase a kiss. Don’t tell him I told you though. It was so much fun to spend time with them and see where they live and all the things they do.

Then Madelyn, Jenny and I went back to the house to finish packing and go through some clothes of Jenny’s for me. That’s the perfect kind of shopping for me.

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Heading out one final time. The area they live is so beautiful. I wanted to take a picture of each and every street and turn so I wouldn’t forget.

Of course through shopping and going through Jenny’s closet, we now had more than we brought so we headed first to the UPS store to ship some of it home. Then we still figured we had left plenty early so we went to a few more antique stores to look around.

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See this? I am doing this on my barn door. If I could make a living looking at old things, that would be my perfect dream job.

Of course we had to have one more splurge of Sushi. I think Madelyn got pictures of it, but I evidentially didn’t. Should have, it was very beautiful and super good! So now that we are completely stuffed, we headed slowly to the airport. Once there and our goodbyes sadly said, everything went smoothly to get up to the gate and after getting some coffee and glancing through the final shops, we sat to wait for our flight home.

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We checked the two locations temperature. 26* different. That’s not to bad. Except I didn’t now at the time that we were heading back just in time for a solid week of grey and rain. It’s funny how you can want to go home so badly and at the same time want to never leave.

Our flight was uneventful and we arrived on time. It was great to see mom pull up and hug her. It was even better to get home and kiss my boys. I will definitely make the trip again. If nothing else to just spend time laughing and talking with Jenny. Oh how I miss that already.

 

Arizona Day 5!

Warning: This is going to be an extremely long post. I only used half the pictures and I think there is 84. I may have to cut it down again.

So Sunday dawned even more sunny and beautiful than Saturday. We loaded up early and headed off to Sedona!! It is definitely one of the most beautiful places I have ever been! This was a much different view than the last time I went with Grandma and Grandpa to Jerome and Sedona. We loaded the side by sides and trailered them up there.

 

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Silly fun early in the morning.

 

We had to make a pit stop as everyone finally woke up about half way there. Jenny’s husband Emmett, his brother JD and his family joined us today!

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The rigs and most of the crew. We continued on and I basically stared as the scenery changed. It was very green up here, lots of grass and wide open pastures, even cattle! I loved the look of the green grass and then a cactus.

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The sun coming up over the hills. The whole way there you are basically climbing. It’s slow but it’s noticeable in your ears. Phoenix sits at 1086 feet above sea level, while Sedona is at 4500 feet above see level.

 

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Unloaded and loaded up ready to go. I am giddy.

 

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Street legal! We could drive right through town in these.

 

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Then we got off the streets and the fun began.

 

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The trails were amazing and surprisingly narrow.

 

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Heading up to our first look out.

 

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Up lots of steep hills.

 

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Let’s hike!
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You just park out of the way.

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Beautiful.

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Emily posing.

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She climbed as far as she can for her pose.

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And finally Chase struck a pose!

 

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Back on the trails to the next look out.

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Bumpy ahead.

 

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What a view.

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The kids had so much fun running and stretching their legs.
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I am amazed at the plants growing just out of the rock.

 

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JD went down the big hill. Our riders (not including me or Emmett) didn’t want to try it.

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Madelyn’s face before we head down the steps!
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The steps!
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JD and Family starting down the steps behind us.
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Long way down. Thankful the brakes worked.

 

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This is a map of all the trails in the area. Due to time constraints we could not even come close to doing them all. We start on and all the pictures before this were on the Broken Arrow Trail. Next we headed all the way up to the top of the map to Slide Rock State Park. After that we went we went on Soldier Pass Trail.

 

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Chase and Jay. Cousin love!

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Slide Rock. Apparently you go up by where those people are standing and jump off the ledge across the river from them and them float down. JD’s wife Emily did once but it was too high and too chilly today.
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The building across the river is the bathroom. There is normally a bridge across it but the water was high and you couldn’t see it today.
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Next we headed out to Soldiers Pass trail.

 

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The crew.
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This was so cool! Except when I found out I was standing directly over nothing. Thanks Emmett!
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It was a little unsettling standing at the edge of this.

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These two pictures are taken just a few steps from each other. See how far back underneath it has broken away?
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This was a beautiful place.

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This is called 7 holes. There is a small crick that runs at times through here and was worn these 7 deep holes out. Over that cliff is 4 more.
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They were fairly deep at places.
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A couple were small but these are the big ones.

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Another stop on the way. Just totally beautiful.

 

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And finally…food! This was an awesome place to eat. Mexican, BBQ, and breakfast all day! Fits us all!

So that was that for Sedona. We loaded up and headed back to Buckeye to relax a little before going to watch Emmett play slow pitch and I got to meet a bunch of Jenny’s good friends. It was a great way to end a perfect day spent with wonderful people. I can’t thank Emmett enough for taking the time to take us up and ride with us. Our days are dwindling in Arizona. But we were so tired tonight all we could think about was bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arizona Day 4!

So Saturday dawned sunny and beautiful! Finally Chase was feeling better and we get to spend the whole day them! We headed for Apache Junction. Some of you may know my Grandparents used to go to Arizona every winter. They had a place in Apache Junction.

 

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The Clubhouse where Grandpa played shuffleboard and they played cards.

 

We found it. I visited them here at Valley Palms twice. I first fell in love with Arizona when I was 14 years old hanging out with them here!

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This was their first trailer here. It was easier to find than I thought even though I am sure I haven’t been here for nearly 20 years.

Anyway, we basically just did a drive through there to look at it. Then we headed for Apacheland. Apacheland was once a movie set. It has hiking trails, the church Elvis was married in, parts of the old movie set, a real blacksmith, a museum and store.

 

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Superstition Mountain in the background.

We went through the museum store first and looked around there. Then the kids wanted to go on the hiking trail.

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Can you believe they went into mines in these little tiny things! We did finally get a picture of Chase and Emily both facing us!

 

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Superstition Mountain

The hike was beautiful and the day was perfect. I am just in awe of this view.

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On the hike you walk by a variety of things. This is the Stamp Mill. It was used in milling to crush all kinds of things and hopefully then the gold would be separated out. There was also a primitive mill, a labyrinth, and a drilling machine.

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They have the neatest train set up that takes you through the early years of settlement. Chase read about each place and time to us on this tour! They had some pretty neat miniature things on this model train town.

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Our little models were at it again in the stagecoach.

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Final stop at Apacheland, the church Elvis was married in. They still use it for weddings today.

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I thought the cacti that were just outside the door was the neatest part, but if you are an Elvis fan you would probably like the inside.

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It’s filled with movie posters that were made at Apacheland.

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Madelyn had to get her picture taken with Elvis.

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While we were in the church, on of the volunteers recommended we head to Tortilla Flats for dinner. Tortilla Flats is a former freight camp from the building of the Roosevelt Dam and is on the Apache Trail. You can drive the whole Apache Trail but we only went as far a Tortilla Flats.

20170325_122501 The entire drive was magnificent. Every twist and turn was more beautiful than the last.

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Just before Tortilla Flats, is Canyon Lake. You can camp, swim, boat, fish, or hike around it. That would probably be an entire weekend trip all its own. But it was beautiful to drive around.

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We made it to Tortilla Flats just in time for a noontime shoot out between two gold miners and the sheriff. I got so busy watching I didn’t take any pictures of this tiny speak of a town, population 6. Yes 6! They are all employees and caretakers. We went to the restaurant and the food was amazing!

After we ate, we got some ice cream at the General Store and looked around the shop. It was a neat little trek up the mountain. We then headed back down to go to Goldfield Ghost Town.

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I was honestly having so much fun looking around and being with my family, I didn’t get a lot of pictures. We took the train ride that goes all the way around the town and explains what all you are seeing. Then we headed into the mines. You go ‘way’ down under ground and get a peak into what it was like to be a miner. The history and stories that you hear about things like being trapped or trying to save money so the owners only allowed each miner 1 candle each day for a 12 hour shift and they had to learn to eat their lunch in the complete dark so you could have enough candle left to find your way out. I was glad to be back on the surface. Even if I was only maybe 20 feet underground!

Our next stop was at the Mystery Shack. It was a miners shack that unfortunately fell into a sinkhole. He left it because it really messes with your equilibrium. Water appears to flow up hill. When you walk to one side you get there pretty easy but it is a lot of work to get back to the other wall.

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Standing at a 45* angle

 

I got to sit in the chair. You can’t stand up out of the chair. It feels weird to be unable to do something that is so normal. It really messes with you.

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No matter where you go you can get a glimpse of the beautiful Superstition Mountain. There are of course shops all up and down the main street. They were neat, and we stopped in a few and looked around, but by now we were all getting tired. So we packed it in and headed back to the Davis Ranch, or home.

We hung out in the yard watching Jenny’s husband and his brother work on their new shed while the kids played. The evening ended with loading up for an early departure in the morning.

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Not going to lie. Now I am almost to excited to sleep! We leave at 6 in the morning!