How did you like my last couple of blogs? Don’t worry – we are back to normal this week! Your brain is safe. I do love holiday weekends as they normally mean a big adventure, and boy did we see some things! Like my trip to Utah, I won’t be able to share everything in one blog, so look for multiple ones to cover the entire trip.
We opted to head north early on Friday morning in hopes of beating the traffic, and it worked! We sailed right up without any hiccups. I always know we are going a long way when we are on I-17 north and pass Prescott and then Sedona. On to Flagstaff we went to connect to 89 north, which was about 2 ½ hours from North Phoenix.
About 30 minutes outside of Flagstaff is the Cameron Trading Post, and we decided to have lunch here and stretch our legs. Mom loves their gift shop (masks required) and bought some Christmas gifts. They don’t have a dog-friendly restaurant, but mom and dad say it has good food. They recommend it if you have the time and no doggy with you. We walked around the pretty grounds for a while before heading to McAllister’s Pub. We were bummed to learn it is closed permanently, another victim of the COVID shutdown. Burger King had an hour-long line inside because the drive through was only accepting cash, so that left us with the Conoco mart.
We were pleasantly surprised with their selection of sub sandwiches and got a dandy lunch that we could eat while driving. We continued on 89 north until we saw signs for Horseshoe Bend, located in the city of Paige, Arizona. Dad has visited without us; I know, how rude! He wanted to share it with us, so we paid the $10 parking fee.
There are human restrooms available, and dogs are welcome on leash. The hike is just under a mile to the viewing area. It is an easy walk but don’t forget your water. Fall doesn’t bring cooler weather to parts of Arizona for a while.
The walk was slow going for us as we had to say hello to all the other dogs, and several humans wanted to pet me. One gentleman from Long Island, New York, got his picture with me. That made his day. Happy to help! Hey – that’s where my mom is originally from. Small world!
Know that there isn’t any shade other than two overhangs on the way to the overlook. Once you get there, your breath will be taken away with a 1,000-foot drop down to the canyon floor where the Colorado River has carved out a horseshoe in the rock. Way down there we could see kayakers. Apparently, that is a big thing and very popular. As for us, we stayed up top for the photo opportunities. We met lots of great people from all over the country.
We got a little warm hiking back to the car and cranked up the AC for the remainder of the drive. We continued to follow 89 until Bitter Springs where we hung a right onto 89A toward Marble Canyon.
We had driven through here before, and we always said we wanted to check it out. Well, we got a room right there at the Marble Canyon Lodge for a couple of nights. They are dog friendly, clean and extremely quiet. They have a fantastic store and restaurant on site. Mom ordered a meal that would allow her to give me plenty of leftovers. Oh, how I love human food – it’s the best part of hoteling it. Service was great!
The lodge grounds offer lots of shade and ample places to sit in silence, admiring Mother Nature. Marble Canyon sits right at the base of the Vermillion Cliffs, and they change colors throughout the day. We said good night to them for now, but we would be heading their way the next day. Stay tuned to learn about a very remote, unknown and hidden gem of Arizona!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!