Larkin and Grayson big adventure continues from where we left off in 2019.
Instead of Arizona, Utah, and Nevada, we plan to invade New Mexico on this trip and test our altitude stamina! We’ll be staying at the 5-Star Bergstrom Bed and Breakfast in Los Alamos, NM and use it as base camp for a week of daily hikes and all round adventure!
Upon researching, I found the variety and amount of available hikes too massive to decide which ones to do! Raven’s Ridge or Deception Peak? Both will take over 12,000 feet and are rated “hard”! But there are many more to choose from that will warm us up for one of these two! Acid Canyon, Diablo Canyon, and Tsankawi Ruins are certaibnly enticing and I hope we can knock em’ out early!
For a full list of possibilities, check out the “hopeful to do” trails at this Alltrails.com link!
The summer of 2019 brought an adventure trip to Arizona with Larkin in celebration of her graduation from Ole Miss and new job with North Pontotoc Elementary School.
Larkin and I departed Memphis on Friday, July 19th and returned the following Friday. Upon arriving Phoenix, our convertible Mustang rental was awaiting to take us on an adventure of a lifetime. Words, nor photographs, can express the absolute beauty of our six travel days. The fact it was with my “Sparkie Larkie” only multiplied it’s beauty and sheer enjoyment!
Within this post, and likely ones to follow, I will attempt to describe our days of amazement!
Day One: Phoenix to Sedona
Alamo Rental Car had a late model charcoal gray convertible Mustang waiting for us upon our arrival. We immediately threw the top down and headed to the nearest Walmart to gather supplies needed in the coming days. After shopping we headed North towards Sedona where we had reserved and AirBNB campsite to sleep under the stars!
It’s been about a year since I finally let Pop’s truck go. It hung around on life support for years and, gratefully, kept the spirit of my dad around since his departure back in 1993. I always felt one of his grand-kids would enjoy it’s use but, frankly, I enjoyed it so long that it became abused and trashed from my less than spectacular maintenance of it’s being! It been places other vehicles would never dare. It’s transmission and engine were rebuilt to lengthen it’s longevity. It was lost and compromised by a drug addicted mechanic and left in a Mantachie field! It’s had glimmering horse sticker’s lovenly attached to it’s windows. It’s been backed into on a couple of occasions by the original owner’s granddaughters. It’s hauled compost, hay, dirt, brush, firewood, leaves and gravel to a variety of destinations. It’s been knocked around while hunting, commuting, school delivery, and transporting kids … and truthfully was hard to let it go. While my kids did not know my father, this old 91′ Dodge Dakota connected them with someone who Bess and I loved just as dearly. I guess that’s the reason it was hung onto for so long well after it’s usefulness.
I am sure the Craigslist purchaser either broke it down for parts or refurbished it for resale. It is but a memory at this point, but will always remain a good one!