It is already over 100 degrees here in Chandler so we decided to escape the heat and take a day trip to Sedona. We got to Sedona and had an early lunch at Oak Creek Brewery. While we waited to be seated Little Lowell found a spot where he could look over the ledge and wave to people and yell out, "Hello people!"
He was very well behaved at lunch and enjoyed some lemons while dad enjoyed a beer sampler. We walked around the little village that had a fountain at every turn. Little Lowell loved to explore and walk around every fountain. Someone managed to wipe out my stash of change in no time at all.
After lunch we went over to Slide Rock State Park which was originally a private farm with an apple orchard. The main attraction of the park is on the creek where the slippery creek bed creates a natural water slide. Little Lowell was able to slide down a few of the toddler sized slides with dad's help.
This park is perfect for toddlers and has numerous creek beds for them to explore. Little Lowell's favorite activity was to fill up his bucket with rocks and then dump the rocks back into the creek.
There was a small bridge over the creek which he insisted on crossing again and again.
The water was a bit chilly and when it got to cold we jumped out and warmed up in the sun. It usually wasn't too long before Little Lowell was ready to jump back in.
We spotted a few small fish in the creek bed and the rest of the time we were in the water Little Lowell was insisting that he was stepping on the fish.
Little Lowell was very brave and most of the time he refused to hold our hand in the water, but he did relent on the more slippery parts of the creek bed.
The park also offers amazing views of the red mountains. Little Lowell would point up and say "Mountains all around!"
We spent a few hours at the park before it was time to go, but Little Lowell would have been happy to spend the entire day.
On either side of the creek there were several spots for Little Lowell to test out his climbing abilities.
After having fun in the creek we explored the apple orchard.
More amazing views
The last thing we did before heading back was to stop for ice cream. Little Lowell enjoyed his treat and would wave to the people walking by.
He was so exhausted that he took a nap the entire ride home. The next morning he was still talking about the mountains and the fish!