Friday, October 24, 2014

Today's Arizona Adventure!

My dad plotted a motorcycle route that, upon further Google Earthing, was mostly unpaved. So we decided to take their F150 out and see how the 4-wheel drive did. It did pretty well. No slippage. Ada slept for a good part of the more exciting bits. She liked the bridge though. Overall, and excellent adventure!

This truss bridge was built in 1924 and had ridiculously wide pine board planks.  
"Ada, show me the bridge" resulted in jazz hands.

I don't think Marc saw her peeking over the edge like this. Heart attack!

An elegant country bridge.

This cottonwood was growing out of this rock.

Most of the trip was on wending dirt roads like this. We passed several really impressive ranching operations but didn't stop to take photos. Occasionally we passes a hunter campsite and once in a while we saw a cow tucked in the brush, but for the most part we didn't pass much in the way of oncoming traffic.

This might be why. This was the next section of the road. I guess they were serious when they said the road was primitive and not frequently maintained. This area, which Marc and Susan went out to explore to determine whether it was passable, was determined to not be. It was essentially the side of a mountainous hill that was slowly eroding. There was, around the corner, a large white rock face that was slowly being sheared off by people's attempts. If only we'd had a winch...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Pumpkin Patch ... Year 3

Today we went to the Freeman Farms Pumpkin Patch. We ran into one of Ada's best buddies, Sophie, and her family while we were there. The two girls had a blast with each other despite Ada being a little under the weather with a cold. We were supposed to be meeting up with some kids from her school, but they all were running a little late so we never really caught up to them. I'm a really patient person, so while we waited for our school friends to show up, we played on the tractors.
And made silly faces in the cutouts.
But we couldn't wait too long because THE CAROUSEL was the excitement of the day. Pumpkins? Pah.
Fiona, Sophie's little sister, took a spin around. That's what she looks like when she's happy.
A picture of me!
Jeffrey and Damon #TrueDetectivesSeasonTwo 

Marc and Susan were there, too! 
Ada had a rainbow butterfly painted on her face by a man in a shark hat.
In the petting zoo area, they had this sleepy pig. He didn't flutter a muscle. Just slept all day and was petted. Heaven for a pig!

Ada loved this deer in the petty zoo area. She was delighted with him and kept saying, "He's so cute! oh, mom! He's so cute!"

Seriously loved this deer.
Finally, we went into the pumpkin patch to find a pumpkin. Ada's selection was a petite little one. When we got up to the register to weigh it, the kid (who we've been assisted by for the last two years!) said, "Oh, that's yours. You can just have that." Free pumpkin!