Today we hiked the Hanging Gardens and Horseshoe Bend Trails.
Hanging Gardens was a must do for first thing in the morning. You are hiking on open high desert. The trail is marked with rocks.
We hiked through sand and rock for a mile or so to a beautiful spot with a seep spring where animals come to drink. We saw lots of animal tracks but only spotted lizards, birds and a rabbit.
We finally got to the spring and found out why it is called the Hanging Gardens. All sorts of plants grow out of the wall of rock where the water is seeping through.
What amazing views from far away from everything and everyone. We were the only ones on the trail and we finally saw our first people when we got back to the car.
Up next was hiking out to Horseshoes bend. Â There were LOTS of people at this trail as the view is beyond amazing and daring! There are no guardrails on the overhangs.
I think we were all a bit nervous but Mom and Dad kept a close eye on us to make sure we didn’t fall off the cliff and die!
Mom wasn’t afraid to go out to the tippy edge to get photos.
Some people would lay on the belly and crawl out to look down.
Mom just walked out to the edge. Dad said she should jump up and down on the rocks. Mom didn’t think that was a great idea.
Never run when there are canyons around. The drop would be way too far to survive!
Dad got a cool shot through the rocks.
After our hiking we stopped at the grocery store and then hung out at the campground the rest of the day. We have been trying to make a campfire for a few nights but the wind has been too strong. There was a nice break this afternoon and Mom got a fire doing and we all roasted marshmallows and made S’Mores. Yum yum! Just as we finished the last ones it started to rain and had been drizzling on and off since. We have a tour in the morning and then we will pack up and drive to the Grand Canyon!