Our day began early as there were a number of items on the docket. Showers were taken or deodorant liberally applied (in Brody’s case). Elizabeth had found a church in Flagstaff which was a Federated Church combining the Methodist and Presbyterian denominations (way back in 1916). This was a combination of the denominations in which Elizabeth and I had grown up and it was nice to see them getting along so well. During fellowship time, we asked their members about the ecclesiastical structure of the church (or lack thereof), but didn’t get a clear answer. We did find that their members could choose on which denomination’s roll their names would be listed. The service was wonderful, with Brody being one of two kids for the children’s sermon, a trumpeter utilized in the anthem, and a message on the Rules of Christianity. Being guests, we each received a package which included cookies which was very welcomed by the children.
After church, we drove a few blocks to the Lowell Observatory; look for tomorrow’s post for details as to why…
We needed to check out of Woody’s RV Park by 11:00, but after researching the area we decided to stay Flagstaff for a couple of additional days. With this in mind, I found a more economical place to park, but decided to give Woody an opportunity to match their price and retain our services for two more days. Sadly, I could not persuade him to back down on their fees, so we moved on. Apparently Woody is able to pay the bills by filling about 5% of his RV sites. Good luck getting those rutty roads fixed, Woodster! So we moved on to Black Bart’s RV park – a catchy name until you research the name and find that he was a notorious criminal/poet. So we’ll all pray that our belongings remain in the RV for the next two days.
The afternoon trip was to Walnut Canyon National Monument. I could say so much, but will leave it up to the kids:
Arden – “Scientist and Archaeologist alike both use Carbon 14 dating to determine the death date of living things that were originally alive. Another word that people would mostly be familiar with is Radiocarbon dating; they’re both the same thing. When a living organism dies the body immediately stops bringing in Carbon 14 and radioactive disintegration takes over. Knowing this aspect, scientists use other calculations and create a test to accurately dictate the time of death of an organism. Wood and bones often go through this test. Hence why coroners can discover the time of death of a dead body.”
Scarlet – “The living conditions in the Wupatki (Walnut Canyon) varies every season. Winter lasts from December until March with shortened days. Also, snow is packed in pots then put out in the sunlight to make water. Spring starts in March and ends in June. There is little moisture and much activity. The Hopi Indians start conserving water and find places to farm. Summer lasts until September. A sign of summer would be more water. There is much farming and much labor. From September to December, fall takes place. Lots of food is collected and little water remains. The Hopis’ main focus is bringing in crops and preparing for winter.”
Brody – “Today I learned that when they had fires, they had small holes that the smoke would go through (vent). I learned that their ancestors were the Hopi Tribe. When Sunset Crater exploded it killed their crops and animals so they couldn’t eat and hunt and they had to go away. I also learned to share with others”
All narratives have something to do with the cliff dwellings lining the walls of these beautiful canyons. In the end Brody and Scarlet were sworn in as Jr. Rangers.
We returned home with enough time for Elizabeth to make a delicious vegetable lasagna. Brody and I biked it to the nearest Walmart to get eggs and whipped cream for our dessert. No, we didn’t eat eggs with whipped cream, Elizabeth made a pumpkin cake which is cooking as I type. Mmmmmmmmmmmm!