November 13th & 14th, 2014 – Apache Trail, AZ

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.


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4 thoughts on “November 13th & 14th, 2014 – Apache Trail, AZ

  1. Susan

    Just when I thought you had stopped traveling your blogs started coming through again which is so nice to receive and review. These pictures are breathtaking. So much so that they don’t seem real. Best wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Linda Patent

    What great pictures. And we are so close to this – putting it on our list of things to do w/the kids over the holidays. Good luck Leslie, swim well. See you soon. [?]Bill & [?]Linda

  3. Judy and Don

    WOW! Looks like no planned trip could have turned out better. Anyway I like surprises – this one sounds great although a bit scary too. What if you run out of gas, food or mysteriously disappear???? The scenes are beautiful and the sunsets are gorgeous. Happy Thanksgiving to you two.

  4. Bonnie Dogan

    Very beautiful pictures and very lucky to see all of this while you were there. I see you two are enjoying yourselves and that is the way it should be. Continue to enjoy, tomorrow is my last day 12-01-2014. I will be retired.

    Take care and stay in touched.

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