We rarely see them on our property. During the month of May they are fairly common in the national forest. We found this one walking across the driveway in November and decided to keep him and release him in May as he would be unlikely to survive over the winter. His name is Terry the Tarantula, he was a fun pet for awhile but seemed quite happy when we released him back to the wild.

2014 05-24 Goodbye to Terry the Tarantula (41)


Nothing quite grosses me out as much as a millipede. They can move really fast and have all those creepy legs, yuck!! I’ve been told they are harmless but I’ve never touched one to find out. Ewwww!

2013 09-30 Giant Millipede at cabin


Or crayfish, they are a very invasive critter. We did a girl scout event with a local ranger and were shown how one crawdad can multiply and take over an entire pond, eating every other living thing in it. That is why they are illegal to transport live in the state of AZ.

Girl Scout Weekend - Olivias Crayfish (2)

Hail Storms in July

Every year we have had the cabin, we get a crazy hail storm on or within days of the 4th of July. It hits fast and hard and looks like an insane snow storm. We really look forward to it, such a nice treat!

2013 07-04 Hail Storm (10)

The Backyard

Our 2.5 acres sits on a hill but most of the property, while sloped, is great for exploring. We just started making some trails and hope to eventually add some picnic areas and a big fire pit. The picture on the left is the trail we made which starts at the lower deck. The picture on the right is halfway down the property and is a deer trail. We often see fresh poop but rarely are we quiet enough to see the deer.

Trail - just off lower deckYard - Deer trail halfway down property

At the end of the property is a ravine, you can’t see it from the cabin but our kids love to hike around and explore it. I took the picture from the start of the ravine looking back at the cabin. You can just see the tip top of the cabin poking above the trees.

Yard - Looking back at house from start of ravine

It’s hard to tell but you can hike down in the ravine (it eventually dead ends but you can go down to Black Canyon Spring in about 10 minutes, unfortunately 99% of the time the spring is dry). Just be mindful of other property owners as you are hiking through private property. This rock outcropping is the only real drop off on the property and it is one of my favorite photo spots, you can hike just below it and take a picture facing up.

Yard - start of ravine

It’s the spot we took our VRBO profile picture (which probably needs updated, it’s over a year old now and the kids look soooo young)!

Zach, Rob, Megan and Kim