Sunday, October 13, 2013

jeep..

we were thrilled to get a groupon for a jeep tour... if you have a chance make sure you do one!  It was breathtaking up in Sedona...
I love stories... here is one about the man that lived in this cabin... (the parts in blue are me adding what I heard on the jeep tour)
Earl Francis lived on top of this mountain in the 1960s. He was a man who enjoyed his freedom, not wanting to be tied down to a 9 to 5 job and the burdens of society. He once said, "A man can be free in the mountains. He doesn't have to punch a clock or take orders from a boss." 
He staked a small gold and silver mining claim nearby and was able to make just enough money to get by. He built a small rock walled home, made jewelry from precious metal and painted landscapes of his precious mountains. He carried it piece by piece from an abandon cabin down the hill...
In 1964, at the age of 33, the US Government judged his homestead claim unacceptable due to it not being "profitable.  Because he was making moonshine :).. Francis said it was profitable enough for him to survive, "There's a few dollars' worth I can scratch out. But I like it better that way than if there was enough to make me rich. At least I don't own nobody and nobody owes me."
He spent over a year fighting the government, but ended up losing his case. His claim was declared null and void and the government ordered him to tear down his home. In 1966... He decided o sell it to another man and have him deal with the consequences...He was murdered and to this day it is the only unsolved murder in Sedona...
After the tour we headed out for some good ol' country cookin'! 
We had us some Rattlesnake, buffalo and cactus fries...
 Sedona is so adorable right now...
 then of course, off for a hike... we just had to...
Keep lovin' life!
ps. thought you might wanna know I'll be doing a INSTA giveaway soon, so follow along to see... lets just say it may be caffeine related ;)

24 comments:

  1. you two are so dang cute i can't even. geeez.

    and a jeep tour sounds like fun... heck, everything you do that i've seen on here sounds like fun. y'all are fun people. :)

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  2. This is a great post. What a sad story. There is such a paradox with the US Government. Sometimes I get frustrated with the love/hate relationship I have with it. Very intriguing, this story. I love the pictures. I want to do a jeep tour now. I agree with the above you guys are for sure, fun people. Love it. You're great- so glad we've met. Take care,

    Shauna xo

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    1. I totally know what you mean!… It's hard sometimes to respect but we're called to do so… Thanks for the encouragement!

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  3. This looks like so much fun. I have wanted to rent a jeep for a while now. They look like such much fun. Sedona is absolutely beautiful.

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    1. Do it girl! You won't regret it :-)

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  4. SO cute!! Love these pictures girl!

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  5. These pictures are awesome. your blog is fab.

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  6. ah, your adventures seem so amazing! such inspiring photographs.

    lindsey louise

    hellomrrabbitblog.com

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  7. i want to be where this place is. the photos are fantastic.

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    1. You totally should! It's in Sedona Arizona... start booking your trip now ;-)

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  8. How fun! What an absolutely beautiful place to explore in an open jeep! So perfect!
    xo TJ

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  9. oh a cabin in the mountains sound like the life!!!! what a fun trip and happy memories you are making :)

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  10. This looks like an amazing time! I love your pictures as well, you guys look like so much fun!

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  11. what a wonderful day, and an interesting history (that story was great, sad ending and all).
    jomischief

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    1. It is a sad story… But very cool how they could live off the land… Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Care- I'm so glad I stumbled upon your lovely blog, and my goodness, the photos from your jeep tour and your IGs are amazing. Can't wait to read more <3 Amber

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    1. I'm so glad you did too! Thanks for coming by saying such sweet thanks :-) it's great to have people that appreciate The beauty of nature…

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  13. How beautiful are these pictures- looks like an amazing time! :)

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  14. Wow - it looks like you had an amazing time! You are such a great photographer. And such a crazy story about the man who lived in the cabin... I wonder if I would ever be able to survive in the woods like that.

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  15. Great pictures!! It looks like you had an amazing time! I have to try out this some day! ;)

    Feel free to visit my blog as well if you wish! <3

    Diana
    www.ManhattanImageandStyle.com

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  16. WOW how amazing is this?!? Don't you just love Groupon?! We don't have anything like this here, but I'm definitely going to find a way to go on a Jeep tour!

    Beautiful photos!!!

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