In short, we love it. Love love love it. We chose it on a whim (as is becoming standard for this trip), and slid in the last available spot after an incredibly beautiful drive from Flagstaff toward Sedona. Staying two nights was the best decision we've made in the last few days, because you have no idea how long it takes to get this van packed up (logistics post coming soon). The double-night-stay left us with a full day of nothingness, which we fully took advantage of.
A creek runs through the campgrounds, which means Brian had plenty of time to catch a rainbow trout while I tangled my line, caught a rock, slipped and knocked all the bait in the water, caught a stick, tangled my line again, and caught some bark. Cheers!
Just a little guy, threw him back.
Who's laughing now about me registering for National Parks UNO? No one.
Grilled hotdogs, eggs and bacon and percolated coffee, & the highlight, the DesGranges family special tacos.
You don't know whether to read in it or make love to it.
-Hiking / Geocaching-
I'm going to assume most people haven't heard of geocaching, so here goes.
Basically, it makes hiking about 1,000 times more interesting. The jist of it is that people all around the world hide little containers all around the world and then record the GPS coordinates of those spots. They load those onto a website, and then other people go download the coordinates and try to find the "caches." They're sorted by difficulty and terrain, and sometimes contain hints, directions, or photos. They exist all around cities but out in the boondocks too - basically anywhere someone decides to stick one. You'd never even know either - we've found them in Austin in the creek behind Seton, outside of Joe's on West, on Rio Grande in West Campus, and in the park behind Trudy's. Surprise! Thanks to an amazing iPhone app (redundant?), we're able to search for geocaches anywhere near us and then use the phone's GPS system to navigate our way there.
The best thing about geocaching is that it usually takes you to some little spot you've never seen before. And it's sort of like a modern day treasure hunt! Except at the end, there's a little canister that contains a log of names/dates and some cheap arcade-type prizes. You can take something if you leave something (honor system).
We left a die in each cache.
Today one of the ones we went searching for took us up 800 feet and to great views of the canyon.
Finally found it under some rocks. Brian's logging us in.
Close-up of the goodies. Nothing really worth taking but you never know.
The log said someone left $5 at one point. I'd take that.