At the “yet-to-be-named” place where we’re staying, breakfast arrives in a basket outside your door each morning. If you get up early enough (thank you 2-hour time difference), the pastries inside are hot and fresh. After breakfast, we checked out a couple of parks to find the perfect place for a picnic/swim day. The first park, Slide Rock Park, had been near the wildfires so the swimming area was closed due to the runoff from the fires upstream. Although it will reopen in September, it is rumored to be so busy you can hardly find a spot. We did find lots of cute lizards like the one above though.
The next park we visited was “the one.” It has everything we need for the whole family to enjoy a day together hiking, swimming, site seeing and having meals together. My favorite part is that we’ll have our own covered picnic area with private parking and compost toilets. It also has spectacular views of one of the world’s most photographed red rock formations – Cathedral Rock (above).
We hiked around the park and checked out all three swimming holes (although a stream runs through the park and you can pretty much get in wherever you want). After checking everything out we were getting quite hungry so we headed to Oak Creek Brewing Company for a couple of giant and yummy salads – Brian had the BBQ chicken salad and I had the Baja shrimp salad. Afterwards, we walked around the shops in the area and then headed back to our cabin.
The property where we’re staying for the reunion owns a half-mile of creek across the road. Brian and I cooled off before a storm rolled in and we got evacuated in case of a flash flood. We stuck close to home for the night and enjoyed a casual dinner and beers from the camp market. I worked on the reunion schedule and Brian read. I think we’ll be ready to share the details with the McGoldrick clan within the next week or so. Thanks for stopping by!

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