We recently went on a mini-vacation in Arizona to visit family and some friends we met at the John Bridge Tile Forums. We almost never go anywhere without our two beloved greyhounds, Sammy and Fernie, and this trip was no exception. Greyhounds are good travelers, but for 9 hours on the road each way we needed room for them and our luggage. Polly found us a 2010 Chrysler Town & Country with plenty of room, and stow and go seats so the boys could be right next to us during the drive. Very comfy little van, and it got pretty decent mileage averaging 25 mpg for the trip of about 1100 miles. After an overnight stop in Surprise, AZ to see Polly’s nephew and his family, we headed east to Gold Canyon, near Apache Junction, for a two day stay with our tile forum friends. The area we stayed in was right on an 18 hole golf course, a stone’s throw away from the Superstition Mountains. The view from our friends back yard was stunning as you can see in some of the photos below. And right over the back fence is a dry wash with lots of wildlife, including birds, rabbits, coyote and javelina. Each night we’d set out a Trail Camera (Bushnell) to try and capture photos of the nightlife. Got a coyote, among other critters, visible in the photo at right. The highlight of the stay was a trip by Polaris Ranger into the foothills of the Superstitions. The scenery was simply awesome, and we were blessed to spot a herd of bighorn sheep. I’d like to make a return trip sometime to explore deeper into the Superstitions and learn more about the history, wildlife and geology of the area. There’s just something about all the saguaro cacti that compels a person to stand in admiration. A huge thanks to our hosts for making the stay a memorable one.
The trip home also included a stop at Hadley’s Fruit Orchards in Banning for some fresh dates – medjool, black, and barhi varieties. If you haven’t been there, it’s well worth the stop. Everything imaginable in that store, including many different types of dates.