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Ooh Ah Point overlook on the South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz.

Photo © 2013 Eric Jay Toll.

 

“They look like birds,” giggled my daughter as we rounded a rock outcropping and looked down on our destination another thousand feet down S. Kaibab Trail.

 

This is as easy hike with the kids. Wide and reconstructed in 2011, this popular Grand Canyon National Park hike takes us well below the rim and far out onto a deep-canyon overlook.

 

From "Grand Canyon Below the Rim" published by TravelingDad.com

Image: Ming Adams prepares breakfast in the rammed earth ranch hose. Photo © 2016 Eric Jay Toll. All rights reserved.

 

Her long dark hair drifting over her shoulder, petite Ming Adams strokes the feathers on a plump quietly clucking hen with one hand and reaches under with the other withdrawing a brown egg.

Gently placing it the basket resting on the fresh sawdust floor, she nestles the basket into the crook of one arms, smiles and holds up one of the larger eggs and says, "Breakfast up at the house."

The "house" is the adobe, sustainably-constructed rammed earth ranch home at Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch on 2,000 acres outside of Cortez, Colorado.

 

From  "Fresh Eggs and Ancient Farms" published on TravelingDad.com.

Image: March 2019, © 2019 Eric Jay Toll.

 

The “Chocolate Waterfalls,” actually Grand Falls, Arizona, is located in the Leupp Chapter of the Navajo Nation, about 30 miles northeast of Flagstaff.  While it is an adventure to get there, it’s well-worth the effort to see a unique, natural phenomena. It’s a 90-minute roundtrip from Interstate 40 at Winona. Grand Falls Arizona is not that far from Grand Canyon

National Park, and definitely within reach of Petrified Forest National Park. It’s about a four-hour drive from Phoenix. The nearly 200-foot tall Grand Falls, is often called “Chocolate Falls” because of the rich, brown color from Little Colorado River sediment. From the parking lot overlook, the river flows slowly down shallow terraces, picking up speed, until it powers down a trio of steep drops...

 

From "Flowing Chocolate Milk: A Side Trip to Grand Falls AZ" published on TravelingDad.com.

Image: Riders head into the backcountry at White Stallion Ranch near Tucson. ©2016 Eric Jay Toll

 

The air is still while the billowing cumulus clouds contrast white against an azure sky over the Tucson Mountains.

The quiet is broken with the distant sound of children giggling and shouting, horses snorting, and

the readying clump of horses into the soft Sonoran Desert sand.

The music blares, the announcer roars enthusiastically, and a young rider heads into the arena to cut a  cow from the herd and move it into a corral. It’s the last day of a family trip to White Stallion Ranch, northwest of Tucson, Arizona, where the fantasies of riding the range play out for families on the largest private horse herd in the state.

 

From "Mamas, Come West and Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys (and Cowgirls)" published by TravelingDad.com.

Eric Jay Toll

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