I now live less than an hour from Sedona, so what better way to spend a day on spring break than to hike a vintage Tonka out into Boynton Canyon?
This was further out past the road to “Devil’s” Bridge (why does everything have to be the Devil’s?) where I took the Matchbox last fall.
The trail starts out pretty hot and dry, skirting Enchantment Resort by just a few feet in places. But after a mile or so the pines take over and you are greeted by cool breezes from the canyon.
I stopped at a wash and pulled the Tonka out of my ALICE pack for a few pictures. This Jeep is an original ‘62-67 build from what I can tell, and it was passed down to me through the family. It’s a lot worse for wear, but still finds its place in my display case.
And sometimes in sand, spinning all four wheels!
This vintage 4x4 is great for grappling over boulders... as well as descending tight mountain trails.
Although it is also useful for the odd agricultural chore.
I had had enough, and started up the trail again. Some hikers mentioned that there was water at the end, so I was on the lookout. Finally, perhaps two and a half miles in, cooled by crisp mountain air, the crossing appeared. I scouted it before inching in, of course. Nice and solid on the bottom.
It turns out the ole girl is excellent at fording.
But, by that time the sun had retreated far behind the red rocks. The ambient temp dropped from 80+ to perhaps 65 degrees. I had to turn back.
It was a fun day trip!