We got lucky. Leslie has a swim meet in Phoenix and all of the campgrounds were full because there is also an Ironman competition this weekend. So…we had to go about 30 minutes outside of Phoenix and are we glad we did! We have discovered the Superstition Mountains (picture 3 and 8) and Lost Dutchman State Park (1st picture and all sunset pictures). The state park is beautiful, with great trails, fantastic scenery and wonderful sunsets.
The legend of the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine says a German immigrant named Jacob Waltz discovered a mother lode of gold in the Superstition Wilderness and revealed its location on his deathbed in 1891 to Julia Thomas, a boarding-house owner who had taken care of him for many years. Several mines have been claimed to be the actual mine that Waltz discovered, but none of those claims have been verified. Many people who have tried to find the mine over the years have died or mysteriously disappeared, underlying the native Indian belief that the Superstition Mountains are sacred and house the spirits of their ancestors.
We drove part of the 120 mile Apache Trail Loop (we will have to come back to do the rest). The Apache Trail was a stagecoach trail that ran through the Superstition Mountains and was named after the Apache Indians who originally used it. We stopped at Tortilla Flats (pop. 6) which is basically a little store, gift shop and restaurant (picture 4 and 8) for lunch. The 5th and 6th pictures show part of the scenery along the way.