Stephanie came to visit me in Arizona. Over the weekend we drove up the Apache Trail in Tonto National Forest.
Apache Trail is the closest access to Tonto National Forest from my flat. However, the road is dirt and heavily travelled, so while it does not require a high clearance vehicle, the narrow washboard roads makes for a nerve-racking slow drive in my Chevy Cruze.
2013-04-26 The first lake on our drive up the Apache Trail is Canyon Lake
2013-04-26 I'm always surprised when I see bikers on the mountain roads I'm driving; I'm tired enough from driving, imagine how difficult it must be to bike these roads
2013-04-26 Stephanie and myself
2013-04-26 Evidence of water
2013-04-26 Flowering prickly pear cactus
2013-04-26 Rocks are a reoccurring theme in Arizona
2013-04-26 A lizard
2013-04-26 An agave before flowering (I believe)
2013-04-26 The Theodore Roosevelt Dam
2013-04-26 Arizona does have fish
Apache Trail ends at Theodore Roosevelt Reservoir in the Tonto Basin. We camped on the lake and investigated the cliff dwellings at the Tonto National Monument
2013-04-26 The cliff dwellings at the Tonto National Monument, complete with a poorly lit photograph!
2013-04-26 Here we are in the cliff dwellings
2013-04-26 Here are some saguaro. Similar to mould, you can estimate directions based on the vegetation of the mountains in Arizona; the southern side will have saguaro (sun is setting in this photo), while the north will have more leafy bushes
2013-04-27 Looking onto Theodore Roosevelt Reserve
2013-04-27 I am so happy to be hiking
2013-04-27 Stephanie is also thrilled
2013-04-27 And we are happy together
Not wanting to repeat the rough drive up Apache Trail, we went south to Globe and took US60 back to Phoenix
2013-04-27 Driving back we pass through Devil's Canyon on US60. Adventure time!
2013-04-27 Here is Devil's Canyon without us getting in the way of the picture
2013-04-27 I was thrilled when we found an open pit mine along SR177. Stephanie wanted to see more nature
Needing to fill one more day with activities, we went on a day hike in the Phoenix area. It ended at a spring with petroglyphs
2013-04-28 I'm off searching for water. I found it: nice standing water covered in algae
2013-04-28 This is the terrain we hiked up. You don't realize how valuable shade is during hikes in Michigan, even in April it was uncomfortable in Phoenix