When you think about winter travelers, most people are headed to Florida or Arizona. And once they are there, they usually stay for a while. In comparison, our recent visit to Arizona was surprisingly fairly brief.
We first came into Arizona and paid a visit to the Petrified National Forest National Park. There is no camping here, so we drove the road that goes straight through the park and stopped at a few spots to check things out.
The park boasts of being a pet friendly park, which is unusual for a national park in the US. We found it quite ironic however, since they only have a total of 7 miles of hiking trails.
After our brief visit we continued on to camp at Homolovi State Park. This was our first Arizona state park, and we found it to be quite different from the state parks of New Mexico. Although the camp spots were nicely spaced out and even paved, it was more expensive and the shower house was not near as nice.
We stayed at Homolovi for two nights and managed to get the bikes out for a 10 mile ride. It was the first time having them back out since experiencing our flat tires from the many thorns in New Mexico. The area is home to a herd of cattle and wild burros. Luckily they paid us no mind, although the steers sure did give us the evil eye for a while. Not unsettling at all when you’re on a bike and limited in your speed due to hills and wind!
After Homolovi we headed west and hit a lovely snow storm as we drove through Flagstaff. It totally reminded us of being home in Alaska. But after we dropped a ways in elevation, the weather cleared.
We drove all the way to Lake Havasu City, which we found to be a gorgeous area with a lot to offer. It was easy to see why there are so many seasonal visitors - it was a busy happening place! Friends of ours from Fairbanks moved here a few years ago, and so we enjoyed hanging out with them. While we only originally planned to stay a few days, we were having such a good time we stayed a week.
We took a drive up to a small town called Oatman, which is located on the original Route 66. It’s definitely a little tourist trap, and there is a wild herd of burros that like to hang out in town – most likely because people feed them! I tried to have my picture taken with one, but turns out they didn’t like me very much! Every time I went to smile at the camera they walked away from me!! Josie had quite the time! She was pretty interested at first, and while the adults ignored her, there was a baby burro that came right up to her and was very interested. But Josie quickly realized she was out sized and out numbered. She spent the rest of our visit avoiding and desperately trying to not make eye contact.
Jason and I took Josie on a day hike out at Sara Park. The trail was called The Crack In The Rock Trail and was quite the adventure! It was 5 miles round trip and we were all pretty tired afterwards. I think Josie described our experience best, and you can read all about it HERE.
Luckily we were able to leave Josie behind at our friends’ house for the day and headed out for a Jeep ride. While we’ve had lots of fun out on snowmachines and four-wheelers, this was our first Jeep ride and we had a fantastic time. It was so great to be up in the mountains again! Even if the trail was a bit sketchy at times! Apparently there were quite a few passengers with sweaty hands! I only got nervous once, and that was when the transmission slipped out of 4-low and we went backwards a bit on the angled rocks! It was a great time and we got to see why there are so many Jeeps and side-by-sides around here – there are trails everywhere!
The best part of our stay was of course catching up with friends and hanging out – we’ve been told the next time we come back we better plan on staying longer!!
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