Exploring the Park

Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
Trip End Sep 01, 2012

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Moorefield Campground

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

It was an interesting night's sleep last night as it was punctuated at the beginning of sleep-time by our teenage next-door neighbor who kept yelling, "yuck" or giggling hysterically as she attempted to settle down and fall asleep. That was not nearly as difficult to sleep through as the man three sites down who spent the better part of the time from 1-4am trying desperately to hawk up something stuck in his throat. Have you ever heard someone who tries to stifle a sneeze and it ended up sounding something like "ha…ha…ha…snit". Well, this was the sound of a man who could not quite summon up the throat and nasal passage power to clear whatever was blocking his pipes. "Who…ah…unh, who…ah…ugh was the sound that echoed through our lovely campground in the dark of night. We even heard his wife/partner walking him to the toilet and in an exasperated voice saying things like; "Just throw up for God's sake!" Anyway, as we tried to sleep all we could picture was this poor man doubled over on a regular basis by whole body lurches!!! All Jess could imagine was the call to come ringing through the campground: "Is there a Doctor in the campground?" It finally stopped, and in the morning other than a few loud snorts and coughs, he packed up and was away at first light. That said, it was the first night in the last two weeks when we had to put on warm clothes and zip up our sleeping bags in order to stay warm and sleep comfortably in the cool air.
The kids woke up at 5 in the morning and after Jess barked at them and told them to stop moving, they miraculously fell back asleep and for the first time on the trip we had to wake them at 7:15 in order to make it to our Ranger Led Tour at 9am, which was almost an hour's drive away. This was depicted as the "most adventurous" tour in the park as it required scaling some 30 foot ladders and crawling through a couple of tunnels in order to experience the Balcony Ledge Cliff Dwelling. It was a great tour, the Ranger was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot about the ancestral Puebloans who had lived in the cliff dwellings. These people are still associated with the modern tribes of Pueblo Dwellers such as the Hopi and Zuni. To those people, the dwellings are still real, vibrant and spiritual places, they simply moved out of them in the 1300's. The kids were very good about listening to all of the information and we took some really cool pictures and all thoroughly enjoyed the knowledge and insight that we gained. After that, we drove to a different section of the park and went into the Museum and saw a 25 minute video that explained in even more detail the history of the people whose ancestral dwellings we had been exploring
Then it was time to drive around the corner for a picnic lunch and the kids completed their Junior Ranger books. This was clearly a park where the Rangers showed little to no interest in the work that the kids completed. He simply flipped through the pages and then signed the books and tossed the plastic badges at the kids. Harrumph. It is interesting to note that the kids remembered the name of the Ranger in Saguaro who took the time to sit down with them and examine and talk about their books. We enjoyed an early afternoon drive to the highest point in the park, some 8,200 feet above sea level and then went back to the campground for an afternoon snack and a quiet play in the tent. On the road again tomorrow.
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cotts on

very jealous, glad that you having fun

h.o.t. on

Thanks we are having a great adventure and we all are doing great.
Hope all is well with you guys!
J and T

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