Big things with little cars

Sedona's Willys Jeep Tours

No flexin. Didn’t even look in a Jeeper’s direction as I ‘wheeled the intersection.

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?

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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.

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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.

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And sometimes in sand, spinning all four wheels!

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This vintage 4x4 is great for grappling over boulders... as well as descending tight mountain trails.

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Although it is also useful for the odd agricultural chore.

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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.

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It turns out the ole girl is excellent at fording.

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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!

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