Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Javelinas and Ponderosas
GREETING from Scottsdale!
How are y'all doin? Ya know, I can say y'all around here all I want. We are in what was once the Wild Wild West.
I've gotta admit, yesterday really confused me...I felt like it was Saturday or Sunday all day long, I just couldn't shake it and convince myself that it was Friday and that the weekend was only just beginning!!
So we started off our day with stopping (yes we started by stopping LOL) off at Bell Rock Vista and boy was it crowded - this only further convinced me that it had to be Saturday. It was a stunning day with a gorgeous vivid blue sky contrasting beautifully to Sedona's signature Red Rocks.
Our next stop was in uptown Sedona where I had wanted to take the Historic Trail that starts right in the heart of town!
The trail is paved and marked with several placards explaining the history and arts of the area.
One placard that I found the most interesting was all about:
HOW DID SEDONA GET ITS NAME Sedona was named after Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly (1877–1950), the wife of Theodore Carlton Schnebly, the city's first postmaster. Her mother, Amanda Miller, claimed to have made the name up because "it sounded pretty." Carl decided he would submit an application for a new post office. The two names he submitted were Oak Creek Crossing and Schnebly Station. The application however was returned from the Post Master General in Washington, D.C., with the message that the two submitted names were too long and wouldn't fit on the cancellation stamp. He would have to find a name that was shorter. Carl's brother suggested naming the town after Sedona, and that would prove in the end to be a winner, as the post office became official in 1902.
After our stroll we quickly bopped into town mainly for me to take a picture of this Javallina and to do a bit of shopping
WHAT IS A JAVELINA?
Though some people think javelina are a type of wild pig, they are actually members of the peccary family also known as collared peccary, a group of hoofed mammals originating from South America.
Medium-sized animals that look similar to a wild boar. They have mainly short coarse salt and pepper colored hair, short legs, and a pig-like nose. The hair around the neck/shoulder area is lighter in color giving it the look of a collar. Javelina have long, sharp canine teeth which protrude from the jaws about an inch.
Javelina stand about 2 feet tall and can weigh between 35 and 55 pounds. They are 3 to 4 feet long.
Javelina are common in much of central and southern Arizona, including the outskirts of the Phoenix area, most of Tucson, and occasionally as far north as Flagstaff.
Javelina form herds of two to more than 20 animals and rely on each other to defend territory, protect against predators, regulate temperature and interact socially. They use washes and areas with dense vegetation as travel corridors. Javelina are most active at night, but they may be active during the day when it is cold. (credit: AZGFD.com)
Next up for us was heading into the Coconino Forest nearby Flagstaff to do some Horseback riding through the Ponderosa Pines. *The Coconino National Forest is a 1.856-million acre United States National Forest located in northern Arizona in the vicinity of Flagstaff.
It was definitely a bit cooler once we arrived at the ranch and headed in the Ponderosa Pines Forest.
Looking around you'd never believe or think that we were still in Arizona. When actually the Coconino National Forest is home to the largest stand of Ponderosa Pine trees in the world. Whoa crazy huh - in Arizona! We were at around 8,000ft in elevation.
When you think about it, Denver is at 5,500ft in elevation (2,500ft lower) and everyone rather expects to be cold over there at this time of the year, but when you think Arizona you think HOT desert (if you think like I was did - before visiting - but this is a story for a future throwback Thursday).
We had much fun riding for hours through the forest, and then it was time to head down south and make our way to the Phoenix area and to Scottsdale. And our first stop was to get some yummy treats.
Oh my gosh they were so good. I vowed that we shall go visit and get more treats each day that we are here!!
But after eating our treats it was time to go check in and then out we went again to go visit my dear old friend Nancy and her friend Stefan. We had a lovely time catching up and then the time had come to head to the airport and pick up Dave, who is now here and ready for a fun filled weekend in Arizona with your's truly!
We're about to head out to breakfast now, and then off to Tonto Natural Bridge and Pine Creek.
I'll tell ya all about our day and whatever other fun I decide to have along the way in tomorrow's Daily Scoop.