Happy Hump Day all! Since I seem to be on a roll with pictures (& words too!) on Wordless Wednesday, here is recap #2 of our trip to Arizona. The second outing took us on a hike at The Island Trail in Walnut Canyon to see “rock Island” where people lived in rock houses a.k.a. cliff dwellings. Part 2 of our day was to Meteor Crater, the place where a Meteor actually struck the earth 50,000 years ago.
They make the Island Trail sound like such an easy hike, even this sign didn’t stop us.
What they don’t tell you is that this stairs keep going down, down, down……
Then, you go on paths until you reach the bottom of the Canyon….
The scenery is amazing, but, it’s a little freaky to walk along side the cliff with no rails or anything to stop your fall if you trip.
On the way down it’s pretty cool to see the cliff dwellings that you are hiking too…..plus, isn’t down ALWAYS easier than up. It’s totally the perfect distraction lol.
I actually imagined all of Arizona’s greenery to look like this…I know, I live such a sheltered life LOL. Obviously, it’s more than just cactuses and desert plants. This is a banana plant of sorts.
When you reach the end bottom of the trail it is 100% worth it! There are a bunch of “cliff dwellings” with signs that explain life as people knew it back when this was their house.
We totally told my niece that the “bad” kids had to stay in the “small rooms” until they were good 😀 What are aunts/uncles for?!
The black on the ceiling is from the fires they would burn at night to cook food, keep warm, etc.
The dwellings really are amazing…..it’s so crazy to think that people would build their houses on the sides of cliffs to protect them from the elements and the animals.
You get the chance to see several different types of natural rock formations that make you wonder how they were formed.
This one looks like “bear claws” ~ yes, I totally “roared” as I typed that complete with my hand movement LOL.
Hallways? Caves? Cool!
Dorkiness ~ Can you tell he LOVES it when I say, let’s take a picture and we hold the camera even though there are like 5 people who could’ve taken it. 😉
After trying to keep up with my 7 year old niece who literally “ran” back up to the top, we were off to Meteor Crater.
They have a video when you walk in that you can watch and the tour guide explains the history behind how the meteor travelling at 26,000 mph hit the earth and created the crater.
This “small” rock is one of the pieces found near the crater. They say that majority of the meteor evaporated when it hit the earth, but, this rock weighs 1,200 lbs – crazy!
Since Arizona was having crazy weather when we were there, we were not able to do our tour because they thought we would be struck by lightning. The meteor is HUGE as in 1 mile across and more than 550 feet deep.
That’s about all I can say about Meteor Crater ~ it was alright to visit, but, not something I’d say you have to do when you visit Arizona.
My next Arizona Recaps will include Slide Rock Park, Sedona, Red Rock Park (My favorite!) and some Blazin’ M Ranch fun.
You can find Recap #1 of the Grand Canyon ~ HERE!
In other EXCITING but FREAKY news ~ I am getting LASIK surgery tomorrow! Ahhh, I am excited and nervous all in one. I know tons of people go through it successfully so I shouldn’t stress.
HAS ANYONE HAD LASIK BEFORE? If so, please share your story with me.
Not sure if I’ll be back tomorrow night, but, should be back for some more fun on Friday! I am going to attempt to get some sleep and not stress