Friday we left Flagstaff, where we stayed from Monday through Thursday night. It was raining on and off throughout the drive back towards Phoenix. We drove through Sedona, ate lunch at a little off-beat cafe and even stopped at a thrift store and an estate sale… why not? Right? (I scored myself several old blue mason jars to add to my growing collection.)Anyways our main destination for the day was Montezuma’s Castle National Monument… It is a pretty neat place!
The boy in his boots… the Bekah and her purse. (She purchased that purse while doing a little shopping in Flagstaff… according to her it is “the cutest purse” she has “ever seen”!!!!)
And my Anna.
Checking out the castle.
Incredible… kind of eerie to think that lives were lived here, babies born…
I have a serious thing for vacant buildings. Always have. Every time I see a vacant store, warehouse, home, or even lot… I have a small ache and even a lump in my throat as I think about lives lived… How people had intentions for what they built. Dreams for the future. I could go on and on about all the thoughts that have been stirred as I have seen vacant places on our travels across the U.S. and even just locally. I’ve told Josh often that if I had a super power it would be… to be able to stand in a place, any place, and be able to see it at any other time in history. I mean, wouldn’t that be cool?!
Anyways. Let’s just say that Montezuma’s Castle takes the term vacant building to a whole new level.
And Leah love. Dimples and all…
Fun model of what the castle looked like with a village inside.
Every National Park and Monument has different age requirements for their Junior Ranger program. The age minimum was 3 here but the rangers said that Micah could take part…. So we were pretty excited! And Micah? Well, we will let the pictures speak for themselves… (Ok… maybe a few little captions, just for fun.)
Taking their oaths as Junior Rangers.
And now pictures of the “certification”…
Micah “Here’s my paper!”
“I’m such a big boy!”
Micah:“Am I doing it right?”
Anna: “ SERIOUSLY! How many pictures do we have to take?”
Micah: “It looks like I’m going to be here for a while… my hands are getting tired…. maybe my chin would work…”
Micah: “Yep! It works.”
Rebekah: “I think my face is frozen in this position.”
Micah: “I am pretty awesome.”
Micah: “YES! THAT’S ME!!!! MY NAME!!!”
Micah: “See my badge, Mommy!? See it!”
Micah: “I am so proud.”
We headed out for one last night in Phoenix, of course with a stop for Sonic happy hour slushies. (It’s a road trip must.)