We recently took a break from the heat and went up north to the Mogollon Rim to go camping for a couple of days. It was so nice to get away from the heat and to spend some time relaxing and not worrying about life. While we were there we cooked some great food, went on four wheeling rides, had camp fires and picked blackberries.
The forecast was that it was going to be rainy on the Mogollon Rim for the whole time we were there but it ended up being pretty nice, the weather would be clear most of the time and showers would come through and move on. We were prepared for it to rain, and it was wonderful. We were happy that rain meant we could have fires safer! (Although we were keeping dry wood under a tarp.)
I planned out the meals before we left, and had most of them prepared ahead of time. I love tin foil dinners, usually they consist of onions, hamburger, seasoning, carrots and potatoes. I also decided to mix it up a little bit and make a shepherd’s pie tin foil dinner. We cooked a few meals on sticks too. Have you ever had a steak cooked on a stick over a campfire? They are to die for! (See my Camping Menu and Recipes)
Up on the rim they do allow motorized vehicles, but only in certain areas. There are plenty of easy to drive roads (we took a huge 5th wheel trailer out there) and a couple of trails that you are allowed to drive on as well. Get a map before you go, they even have ones available to download onto your phone to use with the GPS. We had tons of fun site seeing and scouting out some future campsites and future trails to check out later. We saw some cool animals and so many beautiful sites.
The kids would tend to wander off while we were at the camp, after following them one time we found tons of wild blackberry bushes and we started picking them. They were fun to pick, and were great snacks for us and the kids.
The other really neat thing the kids found when they were out wandering was ladybugs. My husband thought I was crazy but I loved them! There were millions and we were able to see them up close and they crawled up our legs and arms. They flew everywhere and landed all over us.
Something else that we did (until my legs got tired) was seesaw! We found a couple of fallen trees and set them up as a seesaw. The kids loved it and were sad when I was too tired. My excuse was that I was doing all of the leg work!
We had so much fun, we were able to go during the week so we hardly saw anyone else. The whole trip we were all saying how perfect and beautiful it was. I can’t wait to go back, but only after a I have few more showers!