Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hole in the Rock

At an unschooling park day another mom recommended that we hike to Hole in the Rock.  She said it was an easy hike that even Dillon (3 years old) could do.

One Saturday in April we decided to check it out.  Hole in the Rock is part of Papago Park which is in Phoenix and Tempe.  We entered from the Phoenix side and headed towards the big hole in the rock.  The kids were so excited.  From the ground, it looks like a long way up.

We began to make our way up the back side of the rock.  Coda was the leader and Dillon and I brought up the rear.  For being only 3, he keeps up so well.  He rarely wants to be picked up and doesn't think anything of doing EVERYTHING the bigger boys do.

We made plenty of stops along the way.  Lizards were running across the path and there were a few desert plants we had yet to see.  Our favorite was this ridicously thorny plant with beauitful bright orange flowers on top.

We made it to the top and walked down through the hole.  It was a beautiful clear day (like most days in Phoenix) and we had a great view.  Well, maybe I was the one who enjoyed the view, the kids were more into rock climbing.  

 After our hike, we ate a picnic lunch and then headed to a nearby town to cool off.  Many parks in the Phoenix area have "splash pads", basically a playground area with water.  This particular day we went to the Espee Park Spray Pad in Chandler, AZ.  The kids have a blast.  Splash pads are FAR less work on Mama then pools, the kids are safe, I can see them and there is no drowning that can occur - I like that.  Nick and I were actually able to sit in the sun, have a few moments of minimally interrupted conversation and watch the kids run and play. 


Photos from Phoenix, AZ here.


  1. Sweet! We were just at the hole in the rock in UT! LOL Your kids are so adorable Steph! If you guys ever travel up this way Ivey and Bethany (and maybe Carter and that point LOL) would love to hang out with them!

  2. Did Tea decide to take the braids out? Maybe this was before she had them put in.

  3. We would love to venture up your way. For now we are going where the work takes us. But we plan on taking some time to be free in our traveling! You will be one of our stops!

    Holly - this was pre-braids. Braids are still in, going strong. :)

  4. I'm so jealous of your wonderful time in Arizona! You guys are the coolest family. My mom's whole family lives in Mesa. It's a pretty great family oriented area. Oh how I yearn for sunshine! Do you have any cheap/free ideas of things to do with my kids in Humboldt?

  5. I love Papago Park. We go there all the time when we visit Phoenix where my grandparents are snowbirds.

    BTW - I'm Jenn and I found your following a rabbit trail of people who live on the road. We are planning to do the same next year.


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