The second half of our day had us driving through Sedona, north along Oak Creek to Slide Rock State Park. The park was originally the Pendley Homestead (1910), a 43-acre historic apple farm in the Oak Creek Canyon. We enjoyed a picnic in one of orchards under the shade of apple trees. A lovely spot!
We learned that the completion of the canyon road in 1914 and the paving in 1938 were strong influences in encouraging recreational use of the canyon. Pendley built rustic cabins in 1933, which are still standing, to cater to vacationers. As we walked towards Slide Rock we passed the store, the Pendley Homestead and barn. From near the barn we walked down many stairs to the famous Slide Rock, a 1/2 mile stretch of slippery creek bottom. There were many places to swim, wade and sit and enjoy all the fun. The slide itself is an 80 foot slippery shoot that is worn into the sandstone (red rock).
The sun was getting low in the sky, but it was fun to explore and watch all the people. The water was 60 degrees! Crazy people!
What a great way to end our fabulous summer. We made so many new friends at Cedar Breaks National Monument and look forward to reconnecting with them next summer. Our time with Bill, Sharon & Joyce was so memorable and unique. We ended our summer reconnecting with Don & Eileen at Dead Horse State Park. Always so glad to get to hang out with them.
Our friends at home called to say that the weather has cooled off and for us to come back home. We look forward to getting back home and catching up with everyone. Five months sure does fly by quickly when we are having so much fun and "Living Our Dreams"!