Monday, March 24, 2014

Over-nighting in Young

Life has been hectic recently.  We needed to unwind.  What better way to do that than to camp and bebop off road.  We loaded up the dogs and trailer and with friends following behind, we headed towards Young.  We had it in our head that we wanted to camp at Reynolds Creek again.  Reynolds Creek had other ideas.  All of the camp sites that would accommodate two trailers were taken.

Bummed out, we kept on over the mountain.  Several bike trips ago, we took a break at a road that we wanted to explore.  So we soldiered on and found Cherry Creek Road (NF-203).  It was getting late, kids and adults were getting hungry, so we took a forgotten road to a bluff to set up camp.




We set up the new Tag-a-long tent onto the awning, laid out our new rug and settled in for some relaxing….while Pete and Mandy set up their Taj Ma Tent complex.


I sat down to read a magazine.  Finished reading and turned around to see this:


When in Rome….we napped for a little while.  When we woke, we explored the area around our campsite with the dogs.


The kids and I enjoyed a nice sunset while Mike bugged Mandy to start dinner.  Oven baked biscuits with chili, while camping.


Elly was terrible all night, refusing to sleep.  So after a restless night, a quick breakfast (thank you again, Mandy) and a lengthly clean up, Mike convinced Pete to take Cherry Creek Road out.  


Cherry Creek Road was 36 miles of awesome.  Gorgeous scenery, great road and perfect weather.  


Of course we stopped at the first stream crossing.  Rommel swam for a few minutes, the kids played, and Mike and I wandered, finding a cabin tucked in the woods.



Several streams crossed the road throughout our drive.  We spooked Ol' Bessy at one and chased her down the mountain.




Several hours and not as many miles later, we stopped for lunch.  Thank goodness for leftovers because I was not anticipating eating lunch on the trail today. 




After making mental notes of several potential future camping spots, we descended out of the tress and back into the brush and saguaros.


We criss-crossed the creek several times.  The vibrant greens of the trees thriving on the tiny creek popped off the tan and brown of the hills and mountains.



The road evened and smoothed out.  We stopped to air up the tires several miles from pavement.  The dogs settled down for a good nap on the way out.  We were blessed with a beautiful sunset on our drive.  A wonderful way to end the day. 

We arrived home later than expected but it was worth the extra time on the trail with my wonderful little family.  

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Good Guys Spring National

Good Guys came back to Arizona.  And of course we had to go.  We worked Friday, had a wedding on Saturday, so we spent most of today (Sunday) walking the grounds.   This time mom and Mackenzie joined our motley crew.

Right at the gate we noticed far less people.  The D team was behind the wheel on the auto cross course.  And there was about ¼ of the cars as there were the last time we were here.  While it made for less eye candy, it wasn't nearly as overwhelming.

This time I only took 180 pictures, and focused more on details than on whole car shots.

Chevelle stripes

Blue Camaros



We noticed that the Graham owner had the same issue we have with the KTM.  
Q: "Who makes it?"
A: "Graham"
Q: "Yea, but who makes it"

I love me some hood ornaments.  I liked the Pontiac so much it will be featured twice.


WOODY!!


And, as you all know by now, I have a soft spot for teardrop trailers.

Some people take custom to a whole new level….

Oldsmobile

The owner of this car, leant it to a friend to auto cross.  It lived up to its name as during a spin out it ate a cone and took it along for the rest of the run.

Here's my hubby, excited to be allowed inside the Bondurant Corvette

Lots of beautiful custom paint…



GO ARMY!!!

The owner of a 1920 Dodge truck got a giant Liberty dollar in the mail.  Of course he immediately put in on his fire wall.  

These two beauties were hanging out together.


I can't say I was sad there were less cars today.  The sun was very hot today, and we were still on our feet for six hours.  But all five of us had a good day.  And day spent with family and cars is a good day.  






Friday, February 7, 2014

North Mountain Hike

I've been feeling fatigued lately, which I attribute to a sedentary office job. I've also been reading a book called AWOL on the Appalachian Trail (more on that later…). On the way home, during a perfect February afternoon, I decided I was going on a hike.

I dropped Mike off to Pete's to do boy stuff and took off with the dogs to North Mountain Park. Today was our first outing. I don't know the lay of the park, so I just parked and did a flat land hike with the dogs.

We did a three mile round trip hike, then played on the rocks for a bit.




I played with the settings on the Olympus.




I planted my butt on a rock and watched one of the most killer sunset's I've seen in a while.  Its been cloudy most of the week, and that leant itself to an amazing sky.




I was being whined at by both of the dogs.  It was getting late and they wanted to pick dad up.  So reluctantly I left the park for dinner with friends.  

This hike was just what I needed.  Fresh air and a clean mind.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Who Says You Can't Camp in the Winter? Day 3

The wind picked up overnight.  Elly survived without having to defend camp from the ferocious fox stalker.  Our breakfast was quick as packing up camp would take a while….for ½ of us anyway.  Mike pitched in while I exercised the dogs before our journey home.  And pulled more cactus needles from Rommel's feet.


On the road, we ran into some adventurers of the retired age group.  They were thrilled with our camp rigs.


We saw cows.  Or as Elly thinks, big dogs.


Once past the rough stuff, we landed in a parking area and made sandwiches before hitting pavement and heading home.

Even with the windy days and cactus riddled paws, we had a great weekend.  I've been needing a weekend away.  Unplug, turn off the phone, forget TV and Facebook, shut out work woes and just exist outside to clear my head.  I didn't think about work - much.  I didn't miss my BlackBerry, or iPad. No one felt the need to fill the silence with needless talk.  Conversations were worthwhile and meaningful. The quiet times were welcomed.

We were thrilled to really test the teardrop.  It performed wonderfully.  I was impressed with how agile it was off road.  Mike was happy with how nicely the Jeep pulled it.  I'm over the moon with how easy setting up camp is.  With a few personal touches, it will be perfect.

And the best part of camping: