A holiday in Rimrock

Last weekend we traveled north out of the blistering city and  into the mountains for a 4th of July weekend with family.

It was amazing how a couple of hours outside of the city can make such a difference. It was so much cooler we decided to go for a hike (in the middle of the day!!)

We stopped at Montezuma's Well, which is a natural limestone sinkhole in Rimrock, AZ. It's also an archeological site that has ruins of dwellings of the Sinagua people.

This is Oscar at the beginning of the walk.  All along the trail were huge nests of harvester ants (big red ants), anyway they bit Oscar pretty fiercely.

Poor guy had to be carried back to the car.  He hung out in there with Naomi, who was very involved with her book.

Mike and I by the well at the top of the trail.

The well from above.

From there we hiked down to the creek that feeds the well.

Chloe near the creek.

Hiking down to the creek.

Mike from below.

A better picture of Mike.

On the walkway next to the creek.

From the creek we hiked back up to the well and took the trail down to the water.

These ancient stairs weren't exactly welcoming.

Hiking down to the well.

The hike down had some amazing views!

This is an ancient dwelling by the water's edge.

After Montezuma's Well we went to a family gathering for July 4th. 

Mike's Uncle Ray and Aunt Jill hosted us all (that's their labradoodle, Max,with them). They were kind enough to treat Oscar's bites with some benadryl, who bounced back immediately!

Mike's baby cousin, Joyce was walking all over the house.

It was a great day out of the city. From Jill and Ray's rooftop we ended the evening watching fireworks from the nearby casino.


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