Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Phoenix AZ (Day 7)

.....Yes, you are right, there was no Day 6 as we just hung around the house, went for a walk and relaxed in the sun. I know, nice huh?!

We are finding that, as a group, we aren't the highest motivated bunch to get out of the house bright and early. For us, that means about 11 am (if we are lucky!!). Of course, the fact that we don't go to bed until about 1:00 to 1:30 am doesn't help either!! But then, what are holidays for, right?

Today, we first headed out to an old gold mining town called Goldfield. It is a recreation of a ghost/mining town, located at the base of the Superstition Mountains. Super nice little spot and refreshingly enough, no charge to wander around.

"Situated atop a small hill between the Superstition Mountains and the Goldfield Mountains, the settlement of Goldfield got its start in 1892 when very rich, high grade gold ore was found in the area. A town soon sprang up and on October 7, 1893 it received its first official post office. But like other gold camps, Goldfield’s bustling days were quickly dashed when the vein of gold ore started to play out and the grade of the ore dropped even more. Just five years after it began, the town found itself quickly dying. The miners moved on, the post office was discontinued on
November 2, 1898, and Goldfield became a ghost town." 

Welcome to Goldfield......
 
 The Superstition Mountain Range
 
 

 Nicely recreated building all over the "town site"

Diana, Doug, Nancy & Don
 
 

Nice that it was mid-week and there weren't too many people here yet.
 
 

 

Wandering around, you can find something to interest everyone. 

 



 

 
 
 
 
 

Sorry Diana, guess the guy forgot the "Occupied" sign!!

 
 
Again, the neat thing was that there is no charge to come in and wander around. There are a few "attractions" about. You can ride the train for 20 minutes or so for $8 each. It has a colourful engineer that regales you with stories of the town. There is a small zip line for $10 each. There are quite a good number of the typical little shops, a few eateries, etc. Since we, once again, packed our own lunch, we just used one of the many picnic tables that are around and enjoyed lunch in the sun. All in all it's a good drive out here and we all give it a thumbs up.
 
After this it was off to Tortilla Flats. Another interesting area about 20 minutes away. It is a great twisty road with some amazing scenery. Check it out:
 
Beautiful Canyon Lake
"Canyon Lake is one of four reservoirs that were formed by the damming of
the Salt River in the U.S. state of Arizona. The lake was formed by the
Mormon Flat Dam, which was completed in 1925 after two years of construction."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some really cool rock formations out here....

 

 

 

 
 
All in all it was a really fun day. Thanks, again, to Don for doing all the driving. When we rented the car, it went in Don's name for insurance and was going to cost quite a bit extra to add Doug.
 
that's it for us. Not sure what tomorrow will bring but I am sure it will be an enjoyable one with our travelling buddies!!
 
Peace....
 
Thought for the Day: Great things never came from comfort zones...

2 comments:

  1. Sharing good times with special people is a great way to Enjoying Life.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. You are right and these are special people!!

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