1. Devil's Bridge. I saw it on the internet when I was researching what to do here and I knew I had to do this. The only thing questionable was the kids of course. But we've learned in AK to take them with us anyway and make the most of it (i.e. hikes, camping, fishing, whatever seems like fun but could be a headache with kids). We drove Jeff's Outback and got to the spot where you stop your car and hike for miles or off road and get as close as you can. We decided to put his all-wheel vehicle to the test and off road. Luckily we didn't get stuck or get a flat tire. It was pretty rough and bumpy. Mostly Jeeps that we're off roading it, but we did see a Kia and I'd be surprised if it made it out okay. We got close enough that it was only a mile hike to the bridge. It was a decent trail too. At the end it was steep and rocky, but our kids being the crazies they are, they flew up these steep rocks. Levi took some good crashes, but took it like a tough 2 year old. The packing, hiking, kids, complaining, fighting, singing, peeing in the forest, etc was worth it. I absolutely love seeing amazing natural creations like this was. It's breathtaking and puts me in awe that something can be created like this over years and years. Here are some pictures.
Nice shady nook get a snack and have some water.
Gorgeous day and loved the panoramic view
There it is, Devil's Bridge. AMAZING.
Jeff and Levi on the bridge
"Am I gonna go across that???"
As we came back across the bridge we saw a couple and actually got some family shots. Gotta take advantage of that!
Hiking can take the life outta us kids.
#2: Slide Rock State Park. After Devils Bridge we got some lunch and headed to this state park. All of us were tired, but we knew if we went back to the hotel we weren't gonna see anything else. We headed up the road about 7 miles to this State Park I saw online. Another thing I thought looked like a ton of fun and thought the kids would enjoy. There lots of walking around here but we went right to the natural "water slides"as we called it and spent a few hours cooling off. When I say cool I mean it. The water was freezing or so I heard. I didn't go in. I would've but I'll explain why in a little bit. Another natural creation, a slippery, 30 ft long sandstone chute (a.k.a waterslide) hollowed out by icy waters of Oak Creek.
Had to cross this bridge to get to the state park.
Such a fun time. Now you know why I didn't want to leave Sunday morning.