This week we had our first scorpions of the season visit the Visitor’s Center, plus we encountered our first snake along the road … it was just a gopher snake, but it did get our hearts going a little.
Later this week our friend Karen came to Phoenix to accompany her friend Joann who was going to a conference. The four of us had a fun day:
Goldfield Ghost Town
Goldfield is one of several old mining towns in and near the Superstition Mountains (the “Lost Dutchman Mine” is in the area – see external link for more about the Lost Dutchman Mine). It is now a fun (if a little bit hokie) tourist attraction with shops, a “brothel”, Jail, saloon, etc.
Then it was on to Canyon Lake in the Superstition Mountains. Canyon Lake was formed when the Mormon Flat Dam was constructed on the Salt River in 1925. The boat cruise included sightings of Desert Bighorn Sheep and Bald Eagles, as well as interesting juxtapositions of desert cactus plants adjacent to this huge lake.
Two Eagle Nests
Coot (the birds, not the people kind)
A Mastedon & a T-Rex (use your imagination)
Petrified wood & stone varnish
Cactus next to the lake
And beautiful views.