This is an 800 year old home made out of petrified wood that was reconstructed. They now know there would not have been a window.
This was my favorite because it actually looks like real wood still that is desiccating.
hiking blue mesa
We found out while there we could go exploring in the wilderness and camp out as long as we hike out one mile from the road. There are no trails, you just go out and navigate on your own to get out and back. We thought it would be fun for a night. We didn't go out very far but it was very quiet and couldn't see the road.
Matthew is testing out a new pack situation..
Our bedroom for the evening
The next day we did an 'off the beaten path' hike. They give you directions, but again there was no trail, you just figure it out on your own. We hiked to Martha's Butte, which has a bunch of neat petroglyphs.
Martha's butte behind him
Our next stop was to hang out around Flagstaff. We went to Walnut Canyon national monument (some really cool cliff dwellings) then Sunset crater (erupted about 1,000 years ago), Wupatki national monument (Pueblo ruins, along with a bunch nearby).
Wupatki... followed by others (sorry don't remember the names, but they were all within a few miles of each other)
We did some rock climbing the next day and didn't take any photos!! Oops. We then went down to Sedona for a day. Holy guacamole we had no idea how uppity and busy that place would be. The plan was to stay for 3 days of hiking, we did one and couldn't wait to leave. Just too many people. It was gorgeous and we'd love to go back if/when there are less people. We did a 10 mile hike that was majestic.
top of the hike, I enlarged this in hopes you could see the bridge in the center of the photo.. that's where we started.
Our next stop was the Grand Canyon. Again, a bit busy here but found some good free camping off a forest road. We did a day of driving around to the two museums, not very impressive. The next day we did a 13.2 mile hike down the canyon to the Colorado river and back. I'm pretty sore, but it was SO fun. We ran almost the whole way down, took about an hour break, then slowly made our way out enjoying the views in both directions. The Grand Canyon is massive and impressive. My reaction at first seeing it was "holy $&!^" lol
Next stop is a hot spring to ease our weary muscles. We will be near Las Vegas but passing on going. I've been and Matthew has Zero.. no Negative interest in going. Then off to Joshua tree for world famous climbing and hiking!!