We took a trip today up to Slide Rock. It was beautiful drive and a beautiful day. We packed some food and some drinks and joined a bunch of other folks who had a similar idea on Memorial Day. The mountain views were gorgeous and moving up to about 4000-5000 feet in elevation wasn’t bad at all.
Slide Rock Park is a great park just north of Sedona, Arizona. The popularity of the place is due to the creek that runs over some slick rocks. The water temperature was hovering around a “balmy” 52 degrees on this particular day.
I have to admit that I wasn’t crazy about going into that cold stream. But, I had to set the pace for the rest of the fam. I couldn’t wimp out. So, I jumped in and slipped and slid my way down the rocks.
To say that the water was cold would be an understatement. I felt like I couldn’t catch my breath. But, after a few moments my body grew a little bit accustomed to it. Not enough to do the slide more than twice. And, not enough to soak in the water the rest of the day. I let the kids have “fun” the rest of our time at Slide Rock. I laughed so hard that my side ached when I watched their reaction to the cold water.
I am amazed by the simple pleasures in life. I loved today watching all the families enjoy themselves together alongside of the creek. I had a blast! Simple stuff really!
Watching my kids freeze in a creek, listening to them sing in the car, viewing the beautiful varieties in creation, getting stuck in traffic, coming home and grilling a few hamburgers, and finishing the day by holding my wife’s hand while we watched a good, sad movie. I know, I am a hopeless romantic! But, I believe God gave me these moments today. And I am going to hold onto every one!