Sunday, January 25, 2015

Driving “The Apache Trail”

This past week Judy finished her last medical event, it has been called a pain in the butt by some.  Most people agree the prep is more of a pain than the actual procedure though.  She got a good report from the doctor and was informed that the next one will not be due for seven years.

Thursday we took a one hundred thirty mile or so day trip on the “Apache Trail” with our friends Terry and Rose. It is considered one of the most scenic drives in AZ. The Apache Trail was a stagecoach trail that ran through the Superstition Mountains. It was named the Apache Trail after the Apache Indians who originally used this trail to move through the Superstition Mountains.   The Apache Trail, or AZ 88 as it is officially known, links Apache Junction at the edge of the Greater Phoenix area with Globe via Theodore Roosevelt Lake, through the Superstition Mountains and the Tonto National Forest; 40 miles of steep, winding and mostly unpaved road past magnificent scenery of twisted igneous mountains with dense forests of saguaro and ferocactus, and several deep blue lakes. Past the lakes, the trail continues in more traditional fashion to the former copper mining town of Globe, but it is the western half which is the most scenic and well-known; however caution is required when driving and it is not recommended for large RVs.  We stopped at the “Tonto National Monument” to explore the ancient cliff dwellings there.

The Apache Trail Pics

AT1a      AT2A

AT map2

AT8A       AT10 A

AT 12 A

 AT 9 A      AT LAKE 1 A

We finished the day by stopping at the Mining Camp Restaurant with Rose and Terry. We all enjoyed the meal with some musical entertainment. Thanks a lot, Rose and Terry.

Miners camp 1 a      miners camp 2a

That is all for now. Thanks for stopping by.

Next blog: about a week

1 comment:

  1. We missed that area, thanks for the post to show us what we missed.