The Forest is Beautiful!

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We are getting ready to head out to ride in the forest!

I learned something valuable today. If you look up fun in the dictionary, it says the definition of fun is riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in the National Forest in Northern Arizona. It was so much fun!

 

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Northern Arizona is so beautiful!

I have ridden an ATV one previous time a number of years ago in Rocky Point, Mexico. That was wonderful riding in the sand. However, there is something extra special about riding in the National Forest near where I grew up. In high school we would often drive around on dirt roads near Flagstaff. I remember those trips fondly. Today was re-discovering that memory by riding on dirt roads that weaved around through Ponderosa Pine forests, meadows, and lakes. It was gorgeous and I kept thinking about so many memories growing up.

 

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Gorgeous scenery with the pines, lakes, and gorgeous sky!

We had a new variation by riding ATVs. Matt road his powerful ATV (that can go 70 miles an hour) and I rode Melissa’s (that can go about 40 miles an hour). We started out cautiously as I was learning how to balance around curves, shifting gears, and climbing over rocks. As I got more comfortable, we increased our speed.

 

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Matt is waving from the top of the forest look-out station.

As we were weaving through narrow, small roads, I had a big grin on my face. When we got going faster, I knew there was testosterone flowing through my veins as we cruising through washes, climbing hills, going over rocks, and taking in the different landscapes.

 

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Amazing views from the look-out tower!

One of the most surprising aspects of the trip were the number of elk that we saw. One group had to have had at least 30. We saw a large buck with a huge rack, standing in the sun, just watching us. It was magnificent!

 

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After riding I was filthy. My beard was no longer grey, but tan from all the dust. My face was dirty all around my goggles!

The time flew past. We were gone for about 4.5 hours, but it sure seemed much shorter. I hope to do that again!

 

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Macy, Matt, and I enjoyed some delicious hamburgers after our ride!

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