Meteor Crater

After learning all about outer space we decided to take a field trip to Winslow, AZ to check out the Meteor Crater and it was SO cool.

There is a few things to do while there that are fun and educational. First, you can check out the Apollo test capsule.

Snap a picture with the astronaut.

Check out the discovery center aka museum which is full of amazing facts, pictures, hands on exploration, videos, a short, informative movie and more. It’s not a huge museum but there is so much to explore and play with and learn in there that expect to spend majority of your time there.

This video was not only fascinating but it blew air at your when the meteor hit so you felt like you were there watching it.
They no longer let you hike to the bottom of the crater anymore but if you could this would be your view
Some of the hands on interactions/learning going down

The first glimpse of the crater that they got. By this point, you are about halfway through the museum and we thought they might want to rush through the rest of the museum to get outside to get better views of the crater but they were quickly distracted again by the videos of meteors hitting Jupiter and when a meteor hit Russia in 2013 that we still spent at least another 20 -30 minutes going through the rest of the museum.

When we finally made it outside to view the crater it did not disappoint. There are a couple of viewpoints to go to that give you different views of the crater and all of them have their own pros and non of them had cons.

This is looking through one of the viewfinders into the crater. If you look carefully just below the center of the picture you can see a whole in the ground with a chainlink fence laid over it. This is where a mine is that they dug to look for some of the buried pieces of meteorite . They had several viewfinders pointing to different areas of the crater with a little plaque that explains what you’re seeing when you look through that one.

There was also an option of taking a 30 minute “rim tour”. A 15 minute walk out 1/4 mile and then 15 minutes walk back all with a guide giving you facts galore and answering any questions you have. Very informative. Bring water if you go during the summer months because it is HOT. The tour is included in the price of the ticket.

If you are worried about Covid you should know that they had people sanitizing constantly and everyone was wearing masks the whole time. If you have a child interested in space, they will love this site. Shoot, if YOU love space you will love this trip, my husband and I loved it as much as the kids for sure! Everything I talked about in this post is included in the basic price, we found it to definitely be worth the money we spent.

On our way home we stopped by the Twin Arrows we saw on the side of the freeway on our way to the Meteor Crater. Curiosity got the best of us. It is literally nothing more than two GIANT arrows in the ground but it was worth the stop for some quick fun pictures.

If you go check out the Meteor Crater OR the Twin Arrows, let me know what you think! I really hope you love it as much as we did.

xoxo,
Jenny

Family Hike – Signal Hill @ Saguaro National Park

A few weeks ago we went on a hike to get out of the house while still practicing social distancing. We heard the trails near us were pretty packed so we decided to try Signal Hill out in Saguaro National Park in Tucson, AZ. The hike did NOT disappointment. We did not have a ton of time to spend but we were able to see plenty with the time we did have. If we had been able to spend longer, we would’ve been able to spend hours more taking different trails or having eating a packed lunch at one of the many picnic areas.

We got to the trail around 11am on a beautiful sunny day in March and the weather was ideal. When you get to the bottom of the first path we took a left to head to Cactus Wren Trail.

I highly recommend this path if you have little kids. This trail is not as steep going up and takes you around beautiful scenery to Signal Hill, which path you can then take back down to the main path.

The above picture is heading up Cactus Wren Trail. See, easy peasy.

I know the desert isn’t for everyone but I definitely see the beauty when out here. 😍 We talked about seeing beauty everywhere we go, about how amazing cactus are and the kids practiced some yoga poses because the scenery “brings them peace”. πŸ™

Once at Signal Hill not only can you take in the gorgeous scenery of flowers, blue skies and cacti but the rocks are full of hieroglyphics that are pretty fun to look out and attempt to read.

As great as all of the above was, our favorite part was seeing what we could find in the cactus. Remember as a kid, looking up at the sky during recess and trying to pick out shapes & pictures out of the clouds? Well we did that with the cactus. We found A LOT of Mickey Mouses and hearts, a few clouds and well, thats about it. Turns out it’s harder finding pictures in cactus compared to clouds. πŸ˜† We got really excited about each Mickey Mouse and heart though. The above picture was the first heart that we found. (found by Cambryn…that girl is a master at finding beauty and creativity in everything).

Make sure if you go on this hike you bring water, there isn’t a ton of shade. It’s a great easy hike though and is exactly why the desert will always have a piece of my heart. πŸŒ΅πŸ’— If you go on this hike, don’t forget to look for the hearts and at least one Mickey Mouse 😊

Hiking with kids – Hieroglyphic Trail

If you are looking for a kid friendly hike into the Superstition Mountains then Hieroglyphic Trail is a must. There are two trails in the area, the Hieroglyphic Trail and Lost Goldmine Trail.

We did the Hieroglyphic Trail with these 5 kiddos plus a baby strapped to us so that lets you know how easy it was. It is a lot of walking but it doesn’t get rocky until the very end at which point they are big enough rocks it’s easy to keep the small ones close to you and safe.

The above picture is what the trail looks like majority of the time. Pretty even and very open on either side. While hiking in March there was a pretty consistent stream of people passing but it didn’t feel over crowded. A couple passing us at one point let us know they had seen a rattle snack just off the path a little way ahead of us (behind them) and pointed out where they had seen it. By the time we got up there it had already slithered away but it was a good reminder to always be aware of the potential for snakes when hiking in the desert 🐍

Luckily the rattle snake alert didn’t stop us from enjoying the hikes. It is about a 1.5 miles one way so for our little kids we still took occasional water breaks to let the kids rest their little legs

The desert really does have it’s own kind of beauty. I love it!

I’m known for tripping on hikes but in day to day life, I’m not that clumsy of a person, it’s just that I can’t stop looking around at the beauty when outside that I forget to look where I’m going. I loved the views on this hike.

Once you have reached the rocks you are at the end of the trail and the real fun begins. The kids loved climbing around the rocks. Unfortunately I didn’t get as many pictures here as I would have liked but there are a couple small pools of water leading to this waterfall and one last pool below. You see the hieroglyphics all over the rocks. I mean, the hike is called HIEROGLYPHIC TRAIL and I didn’t get ONE picture of the hieroglyphics! πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ In my defense I was nursing the baby majority of the time we were in this area. You’ll just have to take our word for it until you go yourself, it’s really cool!

If you zoom in on the rocks behind the kids you can actually see some. Really is just best to just go in person though. πŸ€— If you want some more information on the area you can look here.

Happy trails! 🌡