There’s a lot to write about after all that we’ve stuffed into the last 4 days…but it all starts in in the stone age.
It was my wife’s birthday this week (we won’t talk about how old she is) and since I wasn’t going to be on the John Muir Trail we wanted to take a trip together. We settled on a short camping trip to the Grand Canyon and got all of the necessary things in order so we could head out mid-week.
There were a lot of big things in play this week that made the trip exciting. First it was Merelyn’s birthday and this was all about her having fun. Second, it was a test of my busted foot to see if I could handle a little easy hiking so I could start getting out again. Third, I have really been after shooting at the Grand Canyon since getting back into photography last year and this would be a great chance to catch Summer storms in the canyon. Last but not least, we rented a teardrop trailer for this trip to see if it was something we might consider purchasing in the future. I’ll get into most of that stuff in separate posts, but this post is about Merelyn’s birthday in Bedrock.
If you haven’t cruised up 64 just outside of Williams, Arizona towards the Grand Canyon then you’ve probably never heard of this gem of Americana. Bedrock City was built in 1972 as an homage to the 1960’s Flinstones Cartoon. It originally had live actors, a stage show and a variety of interactive displays but these days feels more like some surreal amusement park ghost town. But that’s what makes it awesome!
We had a late start getting on the road and I told Merelyn she got to pick our campsite for the night since we weren’t going to make it to our ultimate camp destination in the National Park until the next day. She did a quick look on Yelp and saw Bedrock City and we just had to check it out. I mean seriously, what good is a vacation if you can’t make a spontaneous, impromptu stop at a defunct amusement park based on a beloved childhood cartoon? Isn’t that what adventure is all about?
This place lived up to every possible expectation we could have had. It was fun, scary, strange, amusing, exciting, creepy, playful, nostalgic and bizarre all at the same time and we loved it. I limped and hobbled along in The Boot trying to keep up with Merelyn as she explored every building and posed with every display. The place is deceivingly huge with buildings everywhere including Fred and Barney’s houses, a general store, post office, movie theater that actually plays the old cartoons, a police station, hospital, school and various other assorted buildings including a huge brontosaurus slide.
It was her birthday and she got to choose the type of adventure we would have and from her ear-to-ear grin I don’t think she was disappointed. We started our day in Bedrock and ended it at camp in the Grand Canyon. The next few days were a perfect balance of excitement, exploration and relaxation…perfect vacation if you ask me.