Doug and I had been planning on taking Tatum to Sedona for a long while. Why? Because it is the BEST place to hike and BEST place to see God’s creative mountains. It would be a Friday when Doug could take the day off.
But, here’s the BEST news. A week prior to our departure, Jocy, my BESTie (see post about…)http://hayhappens.com/?p=2208), called me to say she’d be in Flagstaff during that week. PERFECT! We decided to meet up in Sedona for the day. This way, I could hang out with her and her oldest daughter Audrey; she could meet Doug, and see the TOT. It was all a great plan.
So he came with us in the car as Tatum practiced her webbing, singing “shpow shpow.” The BEST idea, Doug.
We met up at the Visitor Center and instantly met Smokey the Bear. Apparently he’s still alive and well, speaking his message of cleanliness.
Tatum wanted to hold his hand. Posing.
Then Jocy and I had to take a pose….and then the whole clan.
(Hi beautiful Audrey!)Wait, what about Doug?! Did I mention he’s the BEST boyfriend and photographer E.V.E.R!
Ok, enough pictures! We have a hike to take. Oh, but wait…it’s HOW hot in Sedona today? Jeez. We came to get cooler, but it is 95 or something. So much for that idea. We decided to go to Talaquepaque and shop/see the sights. But first, Audrey wanted to show Tatum some of the wildlife. Snake – the bronzed version.
And Tatum? The water. She drenched herself.
We really need to find some kind of a hike. Doug to the rescue again. He knew of a place that had a creek. That way we could at least be cool. Little did I know we’d be cooled off, but definitely not cool, if you know what I mean (you’ll see).
And then I finally rescued her. Mind you, all the others were watching and laughing.
Well we definitely got cooled off. This was so helpful for how hot we were. Glad we could provide the entertainment!
Finally, we decided to head to the Trout farm and catch some fish! Doug again was the BEST navigator, fisherman, and hook helper (not a favorite for any of us).
And….three seconds flat, she caught her first fish. We have damaged her for life in terms of understanding the challenges of fishing.
They cleaned the fish for us, and we took home FOUR gorgeous trout ready for cooking.
We drove home with Tot in back, sleeping and comfortable.
Saying goodbye to my BESTie was not the BEST part of the day. Remembering with her is always so special. We were reunited fifteen years ago (this pic is from 2001!)….and she’s still as beautiful as ever.
Being with my BEST guy, my BEST friend and one of her BEST daughters, and my BEST girl made it the BEST day ever.