apache trail drive

last thursday we drove the historic Apache Trail, a 48-mile route that snakes along a chain of man-made lakes on the Salt River. it was a fantastic, sometimes a little frightening, drive!

it was nice that the start of the drive was pretty much right outside of our campground, Lost Dutchman State Park. At the foothills of the Superstition Mountains. i love trees, but I’m pretty in awe of the desert mountain landscape.

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My favorite color is green, so all that cool mossy type stuff on the big rocks really made me happy. Nerd. I know. Can’t help it!
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these photos really don’t do the views justice. this area reminded me a lot of Yosemite11

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about 15 miles into the Apache Trail you come to the first of the three lakes along the Salt River,  Canyon Lake. Canyon Lake twists for 10 miles through a magnificent gorge.

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this was the first of several one lane bridges

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here’s another one. just incase you wanted to see two18

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about two miles past Canyon Lake you come to the “town” of Tortilla Flat. In 1904 the town began as a stagecoach stop on the Apache trail, the first of two stops between Phoenix and Roosevelt Dam. The town burned to the ground in a 1987 fire.

we stopped to take a look and walk around

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was very disappointed the bano was out of order!
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we did notice that we seemed to be the only ones under 60 walking around. guess that’s what happens when you play tourist on a work day. it was kind of nice 🙂22

leave it to mike to find the classics 23

to do list: visit the smallest post office in the us. CHECK! although i just googled and per wikipedia, the smaller post office is in Ochopee, FL ….hmmm, is the below just a tourist trap? Any who, it was nice to walk around. And we enjoyed some yummy gelato!

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back on the drive30

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someone is very creative!37

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we stopped at the rest stop at the turnaround point for the less adventurous. the 2 lane paved road stopped and the sometimes 1 lane dirt bumpy road started40

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no idea what this sign means. but i’m pretty sure it has something to do with trees, mountains, and cactus. i’m pretty sharp45

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a lane and a half47

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ah, beep beep! luckily we never actually passed anyone in the curves. i was a wee nervous a couple of times49

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since all the scenery was on the driver’s side, i decided to get in the back and take photos out of the window52

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we’re going down to the winding dirt road55

and getting there like this56

proof that i rode in the back seat. i get car sick. pretty bad car sickness. taking this “selfie” really didn’t help with the queasiness 57

but at least we weren’t this dude. taking his rv up a tiny one lane, curvy, dirt road. two words: big balls58

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got to say, that we all three are looking a little queasy. i just put on my happy face for the photo. look at scout, he looks so bored!60

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nice hairpin curve and a single lane bridge!67

finally! at the bottom of fish creek hill
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a LOVE all the cactus! btw, i confirmed with merriam webster, the plural of cactus can be one of these three: cacti, cactuses, or cactus…KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

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after all that backseat riding, we three needed to get out on solid ground and walk a little77

and on soft dirt! the boys love a nice dirt road. and it was closed off to traffic. triple points!78

baby and daddy cactus79

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Roosevelt Dam was completed in 1911, the year before Arizona became a state

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we got to the end of the apache trail, just as the sun was setting. the reflective off the bridge was spectacular! mike thinks it looks like stewie’s head from the family guy. yeah, it kind of does!
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even though we were heading south, we wanted to ride over the bridge. i’ve got a healthy (if somewhat irrational) fear of bridges, but i find them amazing. back in 1995, the bridge was named one of the top 12 bridges in the us. just a little factual tidbitKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

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the apache trail is definitely worth a visit. maybe next time we can get off the dirt path and do a little hiking

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