Posts by Cathey East

A Big Springs Blog Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

As this year draws to a close, we would like to wish all of our guests merriest Christmas and the happiest New Year. We are thankful for the time we have spent with each of you and look forward to your return to Big Springs. For those of you who haven’t yet been to Big…

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Family + Big Springs = Time Well Spent

The past month was family time at Big Springs. Our cabins housed numerous families from all over the world, 3 family reunions and a wedding reception. Plans are in the works for many return visits next year. What makes Big Springs such a great place for families and groups? Affordability: Cabins are $65 per night…

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The Story of the Swing

In 1984, we sold our home in Minnesota and migrated to Phoenix, AZ with our two children, then 5 and 9. When we put in our first swimming pool in January of 1986, we decided we needed a swing on the patio. My dad, Al Cebulla, loved woodworking as a hobby. He built the swing…

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The Twilight Moon Over Big Springs

Last evening, it was absolutely beautiful out just after sunset. I was sitting on the swing, just watching the world go by when I looked up and saw the crescent moon. I grabbed the camera and caught these photos while the birds were singing and the stream from the spring was gurgling in the background.…

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YCC Group Spruces Up Big Springs

The YCC (Youth Conservation Corps) “Fredonia Power Crew” from the Arizona Conservation Corps showed up Monday at Big Springs ready, willing and able to work. The first order of business was painting the Shower/Restroom building. They knocked this out in record time. The gravel for the parking lot was not yet delivered, so they moved…

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Big Springs Guests Finish Parking Lot

Big Springs has always had the most amazing guests. Their generosity has been overwhelming time and time again. This continues to hold true as we enter the third season that Big Springs Rental Cabins have been open to the public. MRM Construction Services out of Phoenix, Arizona has begun working on a stretch of Forest…

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What’s New at Big Springs??

There is always something in the works at Big Springs. Last season we began painting accent colors and adding themed décor in the cabins. Four cabins have been mostly completed: Cabin 1 – Recreation/Trails, Cabin 2 – Timber, Cabin 3 – Wilderness, Cabin 4 – Fire. Cabin 5 – Archaeology and Cabin 6 – History…

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Please Be Careful!!

Look carefully at these pictures. What you see is the remains of either a fire deliberately started or hot coals emptied out. Note how close they are to the cabin. Jumpup Cabin was built in 1906 and is one of the two remaining original ranger cabins located on the north Kaibab Plateau. It is constructed…

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What Happened to “My Big Springs Blog?”

  My Big Springs Blog has been undergoing a transformation to make it more cohesive and contain much more information about our site and the surrounding area. Unfortunately, during the transition, the original posts were corrupted. I am in the process of rebuilding and adding content. New features have been added and I will try…

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Our John to John Journey (Part 4)

We continue along Hiway 67 toward Jacob Lake. At approximately milepost 598 is Pleasant Valley Cabin. It is just off the highway at the edge of the meadow. It has been used by ranchers for many years.                                    …

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