When we checked in at Orchards Inn, the friendly front desk staff provided us with some hiking maps and lots of information, so we were well prepared, thanks to them!
We started our day with a little adventure, as Carter had spotted some binoculars from our balcony. We walked down to them, and from there we found a path, and then a stage! Each spot led us to something else fun!
After that little adventure, we headed back over to Agave89, where breakfast is provided each day for guests staying at Orchards Inn. We had bagels, muffins, and juice, and then we got in the car to drive up Oak Creek Canyon, noted as one of the most picturesque drives in the US.
The kids had fun pretending they were on the Radiator Spring Racers ride, and the scenery definitely looked like it was right out of the Cars movie, but in beautiful, real-life, up-close glory! We loved the Midgely Bridge, so we had to pull over and explore a bit.
We drove the 12 mile stretch up and then back down into town, where we headed to our next adventure, hiking Soldier’s Pass!
We knew we wouldn’t be able to do any hardcore hiking, considering we had a 2-year-old and 7-months-pregnant me! But we ended up hiking about half a mile out on the trail and then back.
I think Harrison had the most fun! Really, I get to climb on rocks and walk without holding someone’s hand, and get dirty??
About 1/4 mile into the hike, we came across the Devil’s Sink Hole. The picture doesn’t really do it justice. That hole was deep!
We held Harry’s hand very tightly and made sure the other kids stayed safely away from the edge. The tree in the picture kind of just looks like a bush, but that’s just the top of a fully grown tall tree, rooted at the bottom of the sink hole!
Soon after that we stopped in some shade for a snack, and then another 1/4 mile along the trail, we found the Seven Sacred Pools!
They increase in size as they go down the hill, and they hold water in them from when it rains. We were glad we found them; we were almost ready to turn back, but then we realized they were just beyond our sight from where we stopped!
We headed back the way we came and were ready for some lunch! We got pizza at Picazzo’s and relaxed and cooled down after our warm hike!
After a rest that afternoon, we hit the hotel pool for a bit! We got all sunscreened up, and then realized the pool was nicely and completely in the shade! Oh well, better to be safe than sorry!
Soon it was time for dinner, and we decided to get some food from the supermarket and find a place for a picnic. We watched the beginning of the sunset while we enjoyed our food.
We finished before the sun had fully set, so we scampered up to Sunset Point, where a crowd had gathered to watch the sunset.
Then it was bedtime, after a long, fun day of adventures! Daniel put the kids to bed while I walked over to the Sedona Fudge Company for some late night goodies!
Click next to see what adventures we had on our final day in Sedona!