Rock Slides and Prickly Pears

Trip Start Jul 15, 2008
Trip End Jul 30, 2008

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Friday, July 25, 2008

We found God's slip and slide.  It is located just north of Sedona, in a park run by the State of Arizona, and goes by the name of Slide Rock.  It is the swimming hole we all imagined when we were kids.  Mix together strong current, smooth rocks, and a little algae and you have a recipe for fun for all ages.  If you are young enough and skinny enough you can fly down the rocks.   If you are old you get banged off the rocks a little bit either when using the slide, or when trying to walk on algae covered rocks.  The aches were nothing that a couple of Motrin couldn't handle.  

        Not Yet                 Down we go                  Splash               

 Many of us have seen Slide Rock on TV or at the movies, and did not realize it.  Jimmy Stewart filmed parts of "Broken Arrow" in this valley, "Drum Beat" with Alan Ladd also used the location, and of course the greatest cowboy of them all John Wayne made parts of the classic "Angel and the Badman"  in the area of Slide Rock.  I made a comment as we were walking out that John Wayne filmed "Angel and the Badman" here to which Sarah replied, "John Wayne probably peed here too."  I wish I knew where she gets this stuff. 

                                                              Slice Rock

As we were leaving, a rare rain storm began rolling in from over Snoopy Rock.  That was about noon.  At around 3pm the rain finally got here.   It rumbled and bumbled for well over 3 hours before it rained.  The clouds were overhead, but it took that long for the rain to come.  I am no meteorologist, if I were wrong that much I would get fired, but my guess is it took so long for the rain to hit the ground because it is so dry here.  It has stormed twice in the past 24 hours so we should consider ourselves blessed to have been here during what the locals refer to as Monsoon Season.  I did not make that up, our Pink Jeep driver Caroline called it that, someone downtown used the term and so did a local weatherman.
                                        Storm Brewing   Storm Coming In

Caroline also told us about Prickly Pear Cactus.  That is the pear shaped flower you see on some cactus.  They harvest the flower and use it in candy, syrup, and most importantly Margaritas.  We went in search of the candy and Margaritas this afternoon.  We found the candy in a store.  It was made into a Chuckles like candy and it was pretty good.  It is sweet so you can't eat many of them.  You will be happy to know I found the Margaritas at a Mexican restaurant called Oaxaca.  You will also be happy to know the concoction works.  Arizona and California pour a much more generous portion of Tequila in their drinks.  If I am driving, one is definitely enough.

                                                                   Talking to Grandma
It is time to pack up and head a couple hours north to the Grand Canyon.  If the scenery here is this good I can only imagine what tomorrow will be like.  We may not have internet access from up there. 

If we don't you will next here from us in Las Vegas.

If we do have access we will type to you tomorrow,
Mike, Pat, and Sarah
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