Stephanie came to visit me in Arizona. Over the weekend we drove up the Apache Trail in Tonto National Forest.
2013-04-26 Apache Trail
Apache Trail is the closest access to Tonto National Forest from my flat. However, the road is dirt and heavily traveled, 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
2013-04-26 Theodore Roosevelt Reservoir
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 mold, 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
2013-04-27 Home via Devil's Canyon
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 allong 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