We found our own little piece of swimming heaven in Sedona. My family discovered it two years ago during our initial family reunion at my sister-in-law's family's cabin. When we tried to do the "real" Slide Rock, it was closed to help the abused earth recover from a busy weekend. Being Labor Day and one of the busiest summer times, this past weekend was even more swamped! So I am glad we found a sweet swimming hole just half a mile downriver from where we slept each night in complete bliss.
Our "Slide Rock" is a nice, open, flat area that had a deep cutout in the rocks for water to glide quickly through. If the water was warmer than minus twelve, I'm sure it would be fun to sit in it and let the current push downstream about twenty feet. Instead of losing digits I like to hypothermia, I simply took photos. And watched the crazy few who got in waist-deep to enjoy being frozen in early September.
I just about died at the adorableness of my tiny niece and nephew in their Baby Bjorn carriers. They both love them, too...kicking their feet up and smiling during the hike to our "Slide Rock." While at our swimming paradise, we found some interesting bugs that looked like beetles but could swim and go underwater for minutes at a time. We found a cute, tiny frog (that only became cute after it quit surprising T'liese). We watched the boys leave to explore even further south down Oak Creek Canyon. We stumbled upon a harmless snake that was even more startled by fifteen people tromping through his house than we were at finding him! And we enjoyed a beautiful spot of land that felt like it was all ours. It was simply the perfect afternoon with family in the water.