Wednesday, July 20, 2011

EJCGC - Episode VI - Slide Rock State Park

Another great day. We drove up the canyon early and went to Slide Rock State Park. This is a really interesting rock formation that creates little natural pools and water slides. Here's a blurb about it from the Arizona State Parks web site:
Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historic apple farm located in Oak Creek Canyon. Frank L. Pendley, having arrived in the canyon in 1907, formally acquired the land under the Homestead Act in 1910. Due to his pioneering innovation, he succeeded where others failed by establishing a unique irrigation system still in use by the park today. This allowed Pendley to plant his first apple orchard in 1912, beginning the pattern of agricultural development that has dominated the site since that time. Pendley also grew garden produce and kept some livestock.
You can still see the Pendley Homestead where apples were packaged and several other cabins. My brother and I spotted some of the tin irrigation ditches that he build in the cliffs above, crazy engineering and rudimentary materials. If you have kids I highly recommend this park, it's a lot of fun. Hank and Juliet swam non-stop for three hours (we're a little crispy from the sun today). Here's a picture collage and a little movie of the kids sliding around. We're going to spend another day in Sedona tomorrow before we depart for Las Vegas, so I'm going to skip posting anything on Thursday. Really tired but very happy.


sherry eggers said...

Auntie Sherry really enjoyed your historical and 'relative' commentary. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

So did Grammy and Grandpa! Double thanks! Loved Hank's diving into the "slide" head first. It looks like maybe he's inherited his mom's daredevil tendencies. You all must be having the time of your lives. Thanks, Janie and Pete! (and Scott).
B and C