With the Old Man off to see the bright lights and big city Victoria BC it was time for the pups and I to head north of Phoenix to and see what trouble we could get into. Since I was a bit late in my planning of this adventure I did not get my first pick of places to stay, but I made do with what I could find.
The pups and I ended up in Camp Verde, AZ staying near Montezuma Castle National Monument. With the temperatures soaring near the upper 90s I took great advantage of the pool and the use of our A/C. Riskypsy had looked a lot different in our minds when we were planning it with the thought of not working, but with both of working full time the A/C and heater have saved us quite a few times.
While in Camp Verde I found a local vet so Simon could get caught up on his shots and Jayne could get a booster she needed. I had really waited too long to do this mostly because I thought local vets would think I was insane, but when you go with a recommendation from an RV park they know what they are getting for patients. With the pups getting a clean bill of health, I took a bit of time and drove around to the area to see A) a different running route and B)things I would want to do the next day.
This was my first real trip alone where I would go out and explore cool stuff that I thought the Old Man would enjoy. I was a bit sad, but what is a girl to do? After a half day of work the pups and I headed over to Montezuma Castle, which is dog friendly and where the pups became B.A.R.K. Rangers! Being a B.A.R.K Ranger really just means you and your dogs will be well behaved clean up after yourself and stay on the paths. Of course the day we decided to play tourist was the hottest day the area had all year and went on to break records for May. So while it was cool the dogs were invited to check out the sites with me, they were hoping we would find a cool room to hang out in until the sun went down.
After touring around Montezuma Castle I headed north to Sedona by way of the Red Rock Byway (aka HWY 179 North), this was the best part of the day. Sure it was hot as all get out, but the dogs and I saw some great landscapes and I even managed to get them out of the van for a quick little hike and a photo opt. Since it was so hot most of my touring was done while driving and I was ok with that. I could still see the beautiful site of Red Rock and the dogs were happy to be sitting near an A/C vent.
I was playing Uber to the Old Man that same day so the pups and I headed back toward Phoenix so we could pick up the Old Man for a few days before he headed off east. Sitting in a cell phone parking lot in 108F temperatures wasn’t fun, but we were all happy to see the Old Man and with the temps staying hot we choose to hit up a hotel for the two nights he was in town so all of us could sleep well and the Old Man and I could have a date night without the pups dying of heat in the van. Trust me they were more than happy to stay in the super cool hotel room and watch some TV after the day they had.
The Old Man “shippin’ up to Boston” for a whole week means I have a lot more exploring to do on my own further north near Winslow, AZ where the temperatures are better and the mountains are calling my name.