Last weekend we took a trip north to Sedona’s Oak Creek Canyon to escape the heat with Thurman and Murman. We have stayed in the canyon before but this was our first time at the Butterfly Garden Inn. We knew of the place as we would drive by it when staying at the chalet and we have frequented the market a couple times. We had never seen the cabins before our stay other than the photos online. When we arrived the entrance was in full bloom and the landscaping wild with green vines and cute butterflies meeting our first impression with excitement.
Our expectations were blown away by the entire experience. The cabins were adorable, private and fully equipped to make a perfect stay. There are 18 cabins and we had a cabin designated for dogs, the Julia.
The inside is a quaint and cozy space that includes a kitchen area, bedroom and bathroom. There was not air conditioning rather just the cool air and some fans. There is no TV or radio just the great outdoors. Each window presented the tall Ponderosa Pines and the ground littered with their pine cones. The smell of the pine needles was everywhere.
The cabin was fully equipped with kitchenware, a microwave and coffee. The Inn provides a daily cleaning service and bathroom necessities. If you forget any necessities they provide it complimentary and there is also the market just a short walk away where you can get beer, wine, snacks, and even enjoy a meal on the patio.
Thurman and Murman settled right in and couldn’t wait to get their weekend started! They are always a little bit nervous when we first arrive at our destinations but once we get them outside to check things out and hike around they relax. They are so good on these trips and seeing their excitement and curiosity makes our hearts full.
Once we unpacked we got the boys outside to explore the lovely grounds. Everything is green and shade is abundant. Each cabin has its own unique charm and there is even a phone booth in case cell phone reception is bad. They do offer wifi but it can be spotty which was totally fine by us. We were there to disconnect and focus on the Thurman and Murman.
The Butterfly Garden Inn had a “love lock” fence where you can buy a lock from the market and they will engrave it for you. We had plans to get one with Thurman + Murman engraved but it will have to wait until next time because we were so busy having fun we forgot. Everywhere we turned there were cute butterflies hung on trees along the green walking paths. We loved it there.
Thurman and Murman also loved it there. We had a picnic table in front of our cabin where we took some time to relax, play cards, and enjoy some beer and snacks. The boys had no problem relaxing in the cool shade and taking in the new smells and sites. We bring their beds on these road trips and they find comfort and familiarity in them. They are so well behaved at times we wonder . . .how can it be?
The morning after our arrival we set off for the West Fork Trail, one of Cooper Bean’s favorites. It crosses Oak Creak a dozen times or so hidden inside the canyon and the trees creating a shady, refreshing and cool walk for the boys. They are not getting anything near shady and cool walks back in the valley. Thurman and Murman do not get into our pool unless we put them in there and sometimes that can be challenging. They don’t love the water but you would have never known it as they walked right into the creek every time with little to no hesitation. These two continue to surprise and impress us. We also used retractable leashes on this trip and they loved the freedom and independence, especially Thurman who walked ahead as far as he could with nose to the ground and his tail wagging.
Check out their water crossing skills. We are very proud parents.
The trail is crazy beautiful with red rocks meeting the big canyon walls. Ferns were growing like crazy everywhere making with trail lush and green. There were apples trees and black berry bushes even wild pears found on the trail. Most of our visits to the canyon have been in the fall so this was a whole new experience.
After the 3 mile long hike I was ready for a swim. The Butterfly Garden Inn provides private access to the creek right across the road from the cabins. The path is short and a bit challenging with big boulders and blackberry plants ready to stab and scratch you but it is so worth it. The water is crystal clear and so refreshing. We couldn’t get over the feeling of being this close to nature . . . there was real “earthing” going on! Even Murman thought so as he sat in the creek water to cool his belly and enjoy a fresh drink.
When we got back to the cabin to make the pasta and vegan pesto I had made, the boys relaxed and had dinner with us. Thurman is always a bit fussy over eating, even at home he may skip a meal so when he didn’t eat dinner we didn’t panic but were certain he would eat the next day. We do carry treats with us on the hikes so at least he had some food in his little belly. The beds on our trips are often much higher than ours at home so we have to help them up and down, especially Murman. It feels like another way to love and connect with them and they just love all the attention they get when traveling with us.
Jersey and I have found these little Thurman and Murman road trips so rewarding and fun we are going to push our next adoption out a bit. Let these two also bond more. They have a funny relationship. They really aren’t pals at home. They do their own thing and are often having little pretend fights. So maybe all of this isn’t just about spoiling them but maybe it’s bringing us all closer. It sure feels like it. Until next time!
When you do things from your soul, you will feel a river moving in you, a joy. – Rumi