Slide Rock Park. The name pretty much says it all, but you have to be prepared to freeze in order to fully experience the wonder of the park. Rated as one of the Top Ten Best State Parks in the United States, the park offers a little bit of history, picnic areas, swimming, and freezing cold water. And for $10 per vehicle to get into the park, the fee is completely worth it.
The land at Slide Rock Park was originally settled on by the Pendley family, who first staked their claim to the land in 1907 while on a fishing trip. At first it was difficult to get water from the creek for crop irrigation, but Frank L. Pendley Sr. figured out a way to build an irrigation ditch to water the apple trees on his farm. In 1912, several other orchards were planted on the homestead, providing varieties of apples until the farm ceased operation in 1984. The park was purchased by the Arizona Parklands Foundation in 1985 and turned into a State Park for all to enjoy.
Slide Rock Park is probably a fun experience for most, but without actually sliding down the rocks in the water or jumping off the cliff, the experience is like any other.
Curt braved the rocks first, finding the perfect spot for a slide, being very careful because the rocks just outside where the water is flowing are extremely slippery. He got out of the water exhilarated, wanting to pitch a tent at the top of the hill and slide through the cold water every morning instead of drinking that first cup of coffee to start his day.
Laura took her turn next, getting turned around in the middle of the slide but recovering before hitting the plunge pool at the bottom. After emerging from the water, it’s not actually very cold because your body is numb at first. About the time you start to get feeling back is when it starts to really get cold.
Curt also jumped 30 feet off the cliff into the 15-foot water. The plunge into the deep water took his breath away; then had to climb back up the rocks, a chili little climb.
Not everyone that goes to the park decides to slide through the cold water. Some enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds the area, going for short hikes through the park then get cheap entertainment watching other people go down the slides.
More adventures tomorrow.