Yesterday we woke at the crack of Holy Crap It’s Early O’Clock with plans on going to Slide Rock Park in Sedona. Slide Rock is a natural water park with a giant swimming hole and a rock water slide. It’s something the kids have been looking forward to for a few weeks.
We trekked to the park down an insanely winding mountain road, pulled up to the parking attendant, and were told we had to swim at our own risk because there was a high bacteria count in the water.
Apparently Lindsay Lohan was bathing there.
Thee kids were crushed, and Kevin, Kari, Mrs. Earp and I discussed our options. Kari suggested we headed through Sedona to Crescent Moon Ranch. They have some kickass hiking trails and a swimming hole…
It did not disappoint.
Crescent Moon is blessed with a few crystal clear streams and a rather larger swimming hole (above). The water was crazy cold at first, but once the sun got going, it was fantastic. Kyle and Erik eventually got the courage to jump off the rocks (top), and they spent much of the day leaping and somersaulting into the pool.
Kevin and Julia spent time in the water, as did Kevin and Kari’s son and daughter, but when Kevin wasn’t swimming, he was hamming it up for dad’s camera. It was another great day in Arizona, and tomorrow Erik gets to fulfill the top spot on his bucket list: we’re going to the Grand Canyon.