Down and Dirty!!

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We were very excited to start driving from Matt and Melissa’s cabin in a nice clean Razr!

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Matt and I were excited to pick them up!

Today we rented two Polaris Razrs and had the time of our lives driving through the Kaibab National Forest. The Razr is easy to steer, does not require gear shifting, and has seat belts. There are 4 seats and room for coolers in the pack. They are especially fun to drive as they have a tight turning radius, high clearance, and an amazing amount of power!

 

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We climbed this huge hill using four-wheel drive and the lower transmission case!

On the flat straightaway, our Razr went 60 miles an hour! It is amazing how fast you can cruise. The power was evident by how steep we could climb! We put the transmission in lower case and put it in 4-wheel drive and we climbed up an amazingly steep hill. The Razr just chewed it up like butter!

 

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Melissa took a fantastic selfie photo with Charlene!

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Melissa took a great photo of some excited people driving in the forest!

However, there is one key downside about renting a Razr for 8 hours: YOU GET UNBELIEVABLE FILTHY! I enjoyed getting each piece of dust on me, but after driving all day, typically behind the dust created by Matt and Melissa, you get filthy. We had such fun laughing at how dirty we became! I feel like I must be in middle school again. I cannot remember having so much fun getting so dirty!

 

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Look at those dirty girls!

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We got “dusted” and enjoyed every minute of it!

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There is so much dirt coating our skin, it looks like we have changed skin color!

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It was an adventure trying to wash off all the dust!

 

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Great Wildlife!

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Today we joined Matt and Melissa and their family and visited Bearizona. Jacob, Macy, and Ben were the stars of the day. It was a tremendous amount of fun to be with them as we saw all kinds of animals.

 

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Great Horned Owl

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Lonesome and looking for a friend.

The raptor show was probably my favorite. I especially loved seeing the Great Horned Owl! The birds were quite impressive.

 

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Ben enjoyed petting the goat.

It was also fun to watch the kids in the petting zoo area.

 

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Matt found a friend for life!

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The love of a father and daughter is a very special thing!

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There were many deer to enjoy. This one was licking his lips for a tasty treat!

I also enjoyed seeing the bobcat and the ram too!

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The bobcat was on the prowl!

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The rams were impressive!

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!