We are not the first 'Gronseths' to make it to Arizona, but we are the first from our immediate family.
Dan - I do most of the blogging, photos, artwork you'll see. Came from Wisconsin to Arizona in 1986 after a bicycle trip to the lower 48 states. I've been a park ranger since the end of 1988.
Karen (Bleeker) - Karen came from South Dakota to Arizona in 1989. She has been a teacher and a teacher trainer. We met here in Arizona and were married in 1990.
Erik - Erik came along in 1996. He is pretty smart and likes math, reading, playing the Wii and watching Saturday morning cartoons.
Jakob - Jakob was born in 1999, the last of the 'old millenium' Gronseths - at least amongst our immediate family. Jakob loves people and can seldom stand to be alone for any length of time.
Even though this is not an overnight camping park, we were allowed to pitch our tents and spend the night. Nice to have State Parks sponsor meetings! The spring and bridge were 'discovered' in the late 1800's and the water was diverted to water the grounds and a bit of farming.
Some remnants of a simpler time
An early morning walk to the side/cliff falls we had seen on the hike the day before.
And just beyond that one is this one:
Above the natural bridge, I noticed a herd of javelina. There must have been 20 of them!
They didn't seem too concerned by my presence until I got close enough for them to spook in groups of 4 or 5.