The High End Of Bell Trail

About a week ago, Bill and I hiked the Historic Bell Trail in the Coconino National Forest. The day we did that hike, we were not fully prepared to stay out long enough to hike all the way up the mountainous cliffs that take you to what is called “the crack”.  The reason we were not fully prepared that day, was because we did not have enough water to make the 10 mile round trip hike. Now we are prepared to take on any hike we want. Because, we purchased these handy-dandy back-packs, that include a 2 litter water reservoir. The water reservoir has a hose attached that allows you to bite and suck a little tip on the end of the hose so you can drink all the water you want while your hiking. It allows you to hike hands free, making the hike much more enjoyable. And, the backpack is large enough to allow you to include your lunch, and any gear you need… Way cool!

So yesterday off we went, on a 10 mile round trip hike up the bell trail, in search of the bell crack, that Bill really wanted to see.


This was a very difficult hike. Because, the majority of the hike involved climbing up, over, and around some very steep and rocky cliff trails.

I mean to say, I had to really dig deep, and suck up all my courage to do this hike. Not only because of the difficulty factor, but I am also very much afraid of heights.  OMG, the things I do for Bill… YIKES!

The payoff, other than being able to say we did it…, was the beautiful up close views of the gorgeous red rock mountains.

We stopped about two hours into our hike, found a nice rock to sit on, and enjoyed our picnic lunch and all the water we could drink… Then we hiked on to see the bell crack which, by the way…,  after all it took to get there, I didn’t even get a picture of it! But that’s a whole other story that’s probably better told while sipping wine around a campfire… 🙂

Finally, after two and a half hours of hiking, climbing up and over rocks, boulders, and just about anything else you can think of along the beautiful, but rugged trail…, it was time to make our way back down the mountain and back to our car. I was hurting all over, and told Bill I felt like my toes were bleeding. He said “I’m not feeling too good myself, but I can tell this isn’t going to be about me right now”. I laughed, but I was thinking to myself, that’s right baby, you’re the one that wanted to see the bell crack… Ha!

Well let me tell you, as much as I love to hike, I was one happy girl after four plus hours of hiking, to have my feet firmly planted back on solid, level, ground!!

Today, both Bill and I are sore to say the least, but Bill is even more sore than me, because about an hour before we reached our car, he slipped in some gravel and fell flat down landing on his hip that was already sore from a previous fall when he tripped over our car dolly!  So after that happened, I told him it could be all about him now… 🙂

Stay Tuned!

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bill
    May 17, 2017 @ 22:44:33

    Wow that sure was the most difficult hike that we have ever taken. You were correct, we should have built up to a distance of 10 miles. When I fell on my hip, that was not quite healed from the last fall, that done me in and I knew today was going to be a sore, stiff day. We still had a great time and a lot of laughs.

    Love you Bill


    • beyondcinderella
      May 18, 2017 @ 00:20:21

      Yes, Bill, we should have built up to that 10 mile hike… But on the bright side, we did it, and I am proud that we made it up and back down that difficult hike. One good thing we did do was make sure we had plenty of water… And, you are right, we did have a LOT of laughs along the way… Love you. XoXo


  2. Tom
    May 17, 2017 @ 23:41:03

    I have a Camelbak backpack, too. I don’t use it much, but it’s come in real handy. Great pictures!


    • beyondcinderella
      May 18, 2017 @ 00:16:58

      Thank You Tom for your comment to my blog. I always love hearing from the folks that read my blog. Oh, my, this Camelbak backpack made a huge difference as far as our comfort, and our ability to stay out longer than we could have before. We love to hike, but we also know when you are half way out of water when hiking, you need to turn back. We always follow that rule. Better safe than sorry. Love and hugs to you and yours. XoXo


  3. gotham girl
    May 19, 2017 @ 03:19:39

    Oh, hope the hip is healing! Wow…you outdid yourself! Glad you like your camelback. I have a little one and have always loved it for long adventures! xoxo


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