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Grandpa Day, AZ
mini location map2018-07-02
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Grandpa Day, AZ 
Grandpa Day, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2018
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A little road trip with Lily and Isaac. We headed out at 0dark-thirty. I figured we could fish a couple hours at Green Valley park in Payson and mosey on up to Tonto Natural Bridge by 8:00am when it opens. Isaac schooled us on the fishing with a 3-0 tally. We managed to be the first visitors at the State Park and got to see a nice herd of Javelina before hiking some of the trails. We hit the short but cool Waterfall Trail first then headed to the Pine Creek Trail to hike down the creek and connect with a couple others and make a loop out of it. The plan was SAFETY first, have fun, pick berries, play in water, climb out before it got to hot and eat lunch up top in the shade. We were also going to save some berries for a wildberry shortcake dessert. Issac took an early spill but landed it in a nice pool of water. Lily and I scored it pretty high for technique. We each picked some berries but found out later Isaac consumed all of his on the hike.We added another hike later to resupply. We saw a total of about a dozen trout altogether. The (slide rock) under the bridge is still scary and the bottom wet section is pretty slippery. Isaac and Lily played in the creek after the deck and got nice and wet for the hike out. Lunch and dessert went well. We finished up with the Grandkids doing some worksheets and getting Jr. Ranger Badges. Good times!! :y:
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