3/15/18

Our Family Vacation

Hello, lovely friends!
You may have noticed it's been a little quiet around here
and that's because I was away on vacation with my loved ones.
I scheduled a few posts to come up while I was away
and I wanted to thank all of you for visiting and commenting.
It was a joy to come home and read your sweet words.

My husband, son, and I had the delight of traveling to Arizona,
a place both my husband and I love.
There is such magnificent beauty to behold in the dessert and hills.




While we were in Arizona
we stopped by the Four Corners,
visited Page and enjoyed the Cathedral Slot Canyon tour
and Horse Shoe Bend,
stayed in Payson where we hiked to the Tonto Natural Bridge,
went to Roosevelt where we hiked up to the cliff dwellings,
and stopped by Scottsdale where we enjoyed a couple of 
Colorado Rockies Spring Training games.
My oh my, what a splendid time we had!
Join me, dear friends, as I share our adventure with you.
**WARNING! Lots of beautiful pictures in this post.**




First, we stopped by the Four Corners.
To be honest, it was rather anticlimactic,
but at least we can say we have been there - HA!




Next is the Cathedral Slot Canyon.
Because it was still the off-season we enjoyed the tour to ourselves.
Before we got to the canyon we stopped at the Four Sisters.




The rock formations are supposed to resemble heads
or profiles of four sisters.




Just getting to the slot canyon was a treat in itself
as there is beauty everywhere.






The slot canyons are very impressive
and quite a treat to walk through.
There are some places you have to *cough-cough* suck it in
as the trail is rather narrow.
Here we are at the entrance of the slot canyon.




Let's walk through,
shall we. . .










This is looking down 
on the canyon we just squeezed ourselves through.




And when we finally made it to the Cathedral Canyon
this is the glorious sight that greeted our eyes as we looked up. . .
amazing, isn't it?




On our way out of Page
I saw this Taxi/Police car that made me laugh
so I thought I would share it with you.




Before we headed to Horse Shoe Bend
we also stopped by the Glen Canyon Dam.








Now it's off to Horse Shoe Bend!




The view was breathtaking!






Now let's go to the Tonto Natural Bridge.
We hiked into this beautiful place
and had the opportunity of walking underneath the bridge.




The hike started off nice and easy. . .




And pretty soon we found ourselves 
surrounded by rocks and boulders.




This is the view looking up
as we hiked.




After a little while
we came to what we were looking for. . .
the natural bridge.




The water underneath the bridge 
was so clear and beautiful.




After enjoying the beauty
we continued on our adventure to the other side of the bridge.




This lovely view was at the opening 
of the other side of the bridge.




And finally here is the Tonto Natural Bridge 
after we hiked through it.
Beautiful, isn't it?






The next day we went to the cliff dwellings
near Roosevelt, Arizona.
It was a perfect day.




This was the view from the trail we took
to get to the cliff dwellings.




Here is a little information
about the cliff dwellings.




Almost there. . .




It was truly amazing
to be able to walk through the cliff dwellings.
It's hard to imagine what life was like back then
and to think about the hardships these people faced.








One last look at the cliff dwellings
from the bottom of the trail.




We also enjoyed some Colorado Rockies Spring Training games.
My grandpa used to love going to the spring training games
and the last time I went with him I was about 12-years-old.
I have such fond memories of that time as I watched the game with him
and was able to get a baseball autographed by many of the players.
My son is a baseball lover so in memory of "Poppie" we took him this year.
We truly had a blessed time.




My son was able to get a few autographs 
from some Rockies players.




Along with a few autographs from some Diamond Backs.
We went early and had the opportunity 
of watching them during batting practice.




And then there was a very special moment for my son. . .
we left the game a little early in hopes of seeing a few Rockies players leave the field.
We learned that they don't come out after the game to sign autographs,
but while talking to an employee of the ballpark Ian Desmond came out.
He was running in the field and looked right over at us.
My son waved to him and he waved back.
Then. . .
he came over to shake hands with my son and have a little chat.
We were the only ones there and it meant so much 
that Ian took the time to make one little boy happy.
Ian Desmond (#20) is the player on the right side in the picture below.




I want to make memories
all over the world.
- Unknown -




And on the way home
we stopped to see the dinosaur tracks.




Thanks for visiting, sweet friends.
Your comments are always a blessing
and I appreciate the time you take to leave them.

Love and hugs to you!
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66 comments

Mildred said...

Hi Stephanie, Oh how I enjoyed your gorgeous photos. Truly breathtaking scenery. That is such an awesome story about #20 taking the time to make your son's day. I know that meant so much to each of you.
Have a blessed afternoon.

The French Hutch said...

Oh goodness, how interesting and beautiful! The scenery in this part of the country is beautiful. This is the kind of vacation my son and DIL and grandson enjoy. Taking off in the Jeep like you. What wonderful memories you made. I enjoyed all of your photos and I’m scrolling back for another look..........

Miss Val's Creations said...

What an amazing trip Stephanie! I would love to visit this region someday. The slot canyon would make me claustrophobic but I would love it anyway! The rock formations are incredible. The taxi/police car is a riot. Someone has a great sense of humor! It is fascinating to think that people once lived in such a dry area as those dwelling. Isn't it great when ball players are so friendly with the kids? Love that!

Debbie Harris said...

Oooh Stephanie! You post brought tears to my eyes as I read your precious time with Poppie at the Rockies Spring Training. Those are forever memories etched in our hearts.
Your vacation looked absolutely wonderful and you guys captured some great photos of everything you were blessed to enjoy.
I'm afraid I would really have to "suck it in" to walk through those rocks, wow!
The dessert is quite gorgeous, isn't it?
I look forward to returning home and hearing all about that special day our little one had with the Rockies.
Thank you for sharing God's beauty and your vacation with us~
Love you~

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a wonderful vacation with your sweet family, Stephanie. I enjoyed being taken along through your pictures, and seeing all the special spots that you got to see. How sweet of Ian Desmond to make a point of coming over to chat with your son. You've created such wonderful, treasured memories. Thank you for sharing with us. Love to you!

Elizabethd said...

What a fascinating vacation you have had. The rock formations are truly amazing, and I cannot imagine what life must have been like in the cave dwellings.
So glad you had such an enjoyable time.

Debby Ray said...

Wow...what beauty! I have never been anywhere like this before and I certainly enjoyed your breathtaking photos! One day, I would love to take a trip out west and see these lovely sights with my own eyes but thank you so much for sharing them here. You all surely looked like you were enjoying yourselves! Hugs & blessings!

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh my what wonderful pictures. You captured everything so beautifully. Oh I laughed about the taxi/police car! Cracked me up. What a beautiful place to visit. So glad you all had fun and enjoyed yourself. Nothing like making lots of sweet and precious memories as family. Glad you shared your time with your friends. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Roosterhead Designs said...

Hello Stephanie~ What a wonderful vacation! and so well documented on your blog!appreciate that & Thanks for the grand tour. Beautiful.
I love AZ too ; ) Hugs to you, karen o

Sam Newton said...

Oh dear Stephanie,
How I LOVE "tagging" along with you and your family via your photos to places I've not been. And what an absolute treat for your son to have #20 take the time to come over and chat with him! Just priceless... That is something he will always remember!
Don't forget... Shutterfly where you can go to make the best 8X8 books of your travels. I did that for several of my trips... Russia, Belgium and NF Cousins Retreat, etc and then you get great discounts!
Thanks again for including us, your extended friends on your travels...
Love and Blessings always,
Sam

magnoliasntea said...

Great photos of your vacation stops. I'm really fascinated by those cliff dwellings. I can't imagine living there though. Thank you for sharing your lovely trip with us.

Dianna said...

What a very special time you and your sweet family had while you were away. I was especially blessed that you made a point of taking your son to the spring training games and your memories of how you spent time with your grandfather when you were age 12. And that Ian took that time to come over and chat with your son is just precious.

Madison Marie said...

What a lovely trip!!! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful photos. :) I am looking forward to going to a baseball game this summer!

Madison | Breakfast at Madison’s

Rose L said...

My husbands grandfather was very well known in Phoenix, and there is a memorial to him for all he did in AZ. http://www.waymarking.com/gallery/image.aspx?f=1&guid=816c7059-4aef-4cfa-9acc-561a5c53fac9&gid=3
I have never been to the canyon but seen photos. Glad you had a good trip and went when not so horribly hot.

Simply Linda said...

Ohhhhhhh how jealous I am, smiles...we lived in Yuma when my husband was in the Marines....Arizona is a lovey place to visit, my friend.

I'm on spring break (ha, funny, its not spring here, lol) and we were suppose to go to Canada (80 miles to the west) however, we have had one winter storm after another...sigh...it might have to wait until summer.

I really enjoyed your trip/photos.

Chas' Crazy Creations said...

What an amazing trip! Those are some beautiful pictures you took and I can't wait to go to these places - they are added to my bucket list! So glad you had a wonderful time my friend! Sending hugs!

Karen said...

I really enjoyed this. I used to get magazines with pics like those, but it seemed much grander with your personal tour and I could see how large those cliffs really are.

Elizabeth said...

These photos are exquisite, Stephanie {{smiles}} I've never been out West before, though it is on my list of places to visit. The landscape is so vastly different from anything I've seen in person before...it would be a real treat to see it in person. The Cathedral Canyon that you shared about is just magnificent, and the hike sounds just delightful! I do believe that trips, where you spend loads of time exploring creation and just being in nature, are my favorite...such beauty to behold!

So good to be reading your lovely thoughts again (I took a long break from reading blogs, so it's nice to be back!)...always a blessing to stop by! I'm always so encouraged when I visit your little corner ♥

May your day be a beauty!
~Libby

sarah said...

What a wonderful place, really quite remarkable. The world is full of wonders, isn't it? I must confess my breath stopped for a moment when I saw that photo of your son by the edge - I do not like heights and am nervous for other people even in photos shared long after the fact, when they obviously made it quite safey back from the edge :-) Welcome home, many blessings to you.

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

Welcome home Stephanie! Your trip sounds like it was just wonderful and full of adventures! I did that with my sons when they were younger and have lots of good pictures to prove we were there! My son, who is now 39, still enjoys going through my pictures of different trips we took with him. He loves revisiting those memories, so I'm thankful I took lots of pictures. Everyone used to get upset with good old mom for making them pose for so many pictures (my kids would moan and groan.. oh mom, more pictures?)... but now they are thankful I took them. I don't know if I would have been brave enough to walk through that Slot Canyon! Especially those super narrow areas. Yikes! I think I saw a YouTube video awhile back with a father and his two sons running through there during a flash flood... it was coming up right behind them and absolutely horrifying! The Horseshoe Bend looks amazing too... how fun would it be to go around there in a big raft? Scenery is so much BIGGER close up and in person. I've been to AZ once, but only the north part, and Utah once, but would love to go to both of those states again as I missed so much. That was about 40 years ago! By the way, who took all the wonderful pictures of the 3 of you??? Just curious! xoxoxo Marilyn

krishna said...

Beautiful....you remind me my Sedona trip 5 years.. enjoyed the picture a lot.. Love n kisses..

the quiet cottage... said...

Oh Stephanie, what a wonderful vacation you have shared! The photos are just beautiful... what beauty our God has blessed us with! :) Thank you so much for taking us along... maria

Mari said...

What an absolutely beautiful vacation! I loved seeing all the places you visited and seeing you and your family too. If you had to suck it in to get through, I would be in trouble! :)
We are planning a trip to Utah next fall and I think we may be seeing some similar sights.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Wow, that sky is just stunning! What a great vacation and you captured it perfectly. I would love to walk through all of that beautiful scenery in person but I definitely could not walk through those narrow passageways....I have a touch of claustrophobia :-(

Margie said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos form your memorable family vacation. Good to know that March is a good time to visit the desert sites--it looks like you and your family were the only ones there!

Susie said...

What a wonderful family trip. I wish I could hike like you. My feet would not make it . :) I love that your son got to see the players and get autographs and have a nice chat with Ian Desmond. That was so kind of Ian. You have a great family. Blessings to all, xoxo, Susie

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

What amazing sites you saw! Those are definitely sites I don't see in the Midwest. I really hope to visit Arizona some day. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photo's.

Lea said...

Oh, my, what a memory making trip, one your son will remember forever.
Beautiful pictures of a wonderful time!

Jann Olson said...

Looks like you had a wonderful trip! Hubby and I love to travel to AZ as well. Love hiking, but it's been a while since we did a slot canyon. We just returned home Tuesday night from vacationing in TX for two weeks. We drove past the 4 corners. Didn't stop because we've already been there twice.
hugs,
Jann

Tamago said...

What a wonderful vacation you had! I enjoyed your gorgeous photos! I visited the same area few years ago. Slot canyon sceneries looked similar to Antelope canyon we visited then. Very dreamy!
I love the photo of taxi/police car. Wonder why that car was made like that :-)
It’s so nice of Ian Desmond to come over to meet your son. That must have been a really special experience for him!

Ann said...

Hi Stephanie, What nice photos of AZ, where I live. It is interesting to see it from your wonderful photo tour. Did you ever go to the Grand Canyon? It is so beautiful - pictures don't capture it's natural beauty. Sounds as if you had a wonderful time.

Cindy said...

What a great vacation! I've only seen some of those places on-line, what a adventure to experience them in person. Thank you for 'taking us along'!

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Wow! Great pictures... I know you had fun! Have a good weekend! Leticia

hobbyloes said...

Beautiful and amazing photos, you've had a nice vacation with your loved ones. I never saw such large cacti, and such wild mountains. We live in a flat country near the sea.

Anna said...

I see you had fun !
The pictures are beautiful !!! Thanks for the warning ;)
Desert has a peculiar but unique beauty !
Have a nice weekend !
Anna

Regine Karpel said...

Beautiful

Vee said...

What a memorable vacation! You have such a sweet family and you all look so happy being together. Your son must have been very happy to see his baseball team in spring training. Now I lived in Arizona for nearly three years and never saw all these marvelous places. I would have really gotten a kick out of four corners. Besides, it was one of my favorite childhood games. Looks as if you had the place to yourself.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I read this post last night just before I went to bed and I dreamed about it. I lived in the Four Corners region (in Crownpoint, NM) years ago and loved seeing your photos of this beautiful part of our country. I have so many good memories of hiking those red mesas and deep canyons. Love the family photos you took too. What fun you have with your sweet family. Thanks for sharing....and for giving me sweet dreams! Hugs, Diane

Janet Karst said...

Your post brought many great memories back for me. My husband and I lived there for 16 years and enjoyed Arizona so much. We have retired in Colorado and are unable to return to Arizona due to my husbands condition. Thank you for taking so many pictures of a place where I will always remember! Again, thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hi Stephanie, oh it looks like you had a wonderful family vacation to Arizona. The canyon photos are so awesome and enjoyed looking at the photos. I hope to visit there someday.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Julie

Debbie said...

Wow!! When I was a teenager I visited four corners, and was able to do a split so that one leg was in each state and one hand in each of the others. It was so fun. The vacation looks and sounds so fun and beautiful, You were able to capture some beautiful scenery!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

What a beautiful adventure, dear Stephanie, and such sweet memories for you all. How exciting that your son got to meet Ian, too. We used to live in Arizona and we have traveled back for spring training, too (to see the Mariner's). There is always so much to see in that beautiful part of the country. Lovely photos, especially the sweet family pics. Hugs xo Karen

Lowcarb team member said...

What a wonderful family trip.
So lovely to see all of your photographs ... the scenery is quite breath-taking.

Wasn't it nice of that player to take time out for your son, that means such a lot.

My good wishes to you and your family.

All the best Jan

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Looks like you had a fantastic vacation - the type that memories are made of. Your photos are amazing - the colours are so spectacular.

Conniecrafter said...

How fun, looks like a very fun trip, although that one trail would have been too much for me to be able to climb. So neat you could share the ball park with your son like your grandpa did with you. Glad you all had a lovely and fun vacation and so neat that you shared it with us

Linda S. said...

Awesome photos of your vacation! Thanks for sharing them. :-) HUGS!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Oh I enjoyed your sharing of your vacation pictures Stephanie! I could have viewed lots more :) I've been to Arizona, but really just driving through, and certainly not to any of the places you got to see. Now that Slot Canyon looked very interesting, but having to "suck it up" to get through would be hard for me, as I'm not fond of small spaces but what an experience for you to do this with your family! Such beautiful memories you preserved, all of you took such great pictures! So wonderful of the #20 player to come out and meet your son too! And exciting for you to relieve your memories of being there as a child. I enjoyed this virtual "vacation" with you sweet friend! Hugs :)

Cheryl said...

Oh, what a wonderful time you had, sweet friend! Memories that will last a lifetime, for sure. So happy you had such a beautiful time together. Lots of love and hugs to you!

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

What a fantastic post. I loved seeing all of your wonderful photos and now I want to take a trip to tour Arizona! We were just in Nevada, Las Vegas, and I suppose we went briefly into Arizona when we visited Hoover Dam, but it looks like we need another trip!

I'm so glad you had such a great time!

Enjoy your weekend,
Andrea

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to share the pictures of this awesome trip. All the places you showed are breathtaking and so different from my corner of the world.

Paige said...

What an amazing and beautiful vacation for you three! Thanks for sharing the pictures with all of us; It is so unlike anything in my corner of the world! And how fun that your son got such a special treat. :)

Carla from The River said...

Hi,
A great vacation!! We plan to go to Spring Training someday too. The Brewers are in Arizona.
Thank you for sharing your photos, BEAUTIFUL!
Carla

Anne Payne said...

Oh wow, Stephanie! That is a fantastic vacation!!! I just love all the photos. I've never been that far west. It does look breathtaking. I'm sure the magnitude cannot even be imagined! Seeing is believing :-)

I hope you have a great week and warm temps. We are supposed to get snow...again. Take it back!!!! :-) Love ya!

Cara Membuat Pupuk Hidroponik Cair said...

what a breath-taking scenery, love it

Chris Lally said...

Stunning photos! Happy faces! Perfect post, Stephanie.
So glad you had a wonderful trip!!

living from glory to glory said...

Hey, So glad you did get that wonderful trip!! And to think that #20 took the time to be a good sport and a hero to your sweet son. The photos were magnificent! You all look happy and content...
Hugs, Roxy

Jazzmin said...

Sweet friend, how enamored of every sight I am as my eyes gaze upon the beauty you have shared! What anamazing and blessed time with your husband and son enjoying the Lord's handiwork♥ Oh what gorgeousness in all of these views... You shared at least 3 places I have been dreaming about visiting in the past couple of years, so until I can talk my parents into a trip to AZ, I will live vicariously through you, hehe. Your photography is breathtaking, dear friend, and the joyous time y'all had is on your beautiful family's faces and is making me smile too as I scroll. It is hard to pick a favorite, but the view you shared from the trail on the way to the cliff dwellings is just...wowwww!
It is also so neat to see your spring training adventures. I always smile when you share about baseball, knowing we share a love for it ☺, and I think I was meant to comment right now because my Dad just turned on the tv and the Rockies are playing the Rangers tonight! So neat!

Thinking of and praying for you often, my dear friend.
Love and many hugs to you always!
Jazzmin
P.S. If I did not already comment to thank you for blessing me with your most recent comment, thank you so much. Anytime I see a comment from you, it makes my day and blesses me so much♥

Lillie said...

What a wonderful family vacation and a joy for your son to be getting all the autographs. Thank you for sharing the beautiful landscapes so different from where I am from.

handmade by amalia said...

What views! It looks like such a lovely vacation, Stephanie, you all look so happy.
Amalia
xo

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

How neat that you came out here! I like all the places you went. I've been to all of them except the slot canyon. It's neat that you like the cacti. I like seeing them, but keeping one of our dogs out of them is a pain. I bet your son loved spring training! exciting for baseball fans, because they get so close to the action.

Carol Z said...

Fabulous pictures! Thanks for taking me on vacation with you. I love the Arizona desert and baseball, so it was the perfect combination.

Wandering Wren said...

Some incredible rock formations there and the colours, how amazing. you know I travel just a bit right? I have never seen anything like this! It looked such a happy family holiday.
Wren x

Christine said...

Wow, Stephanie! What a terrific vacation! Super photos of awesome canyons & well done for taking on that hike!
Thanks for sharing your trip!

Polly said...

Sorry I'm late Stephanie, but couldn't leave without saying WOW what a fantastic trip, and stunning photos, particularly Horse Shoe Bend, the colours and the rock formations. Love the taxi/police car! :-)

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Stephanie, thanks for the tour. I needed that little virtual vacay today! It's been too long since I last visited Arizona, and now I can't wait to go back.

Olivia Bell said...

What lovely pictures! It looks like you all had a marvelous time, I am so glad you got to have such fun! {{smiles}} I loved your family photos, you all look so happy! And how neat you got to take your son to the baseball you went to when you were a child! That is so neat! I know you all made a lot of happy memories. {{smiles}}

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