Show Low - Globe, Arizona
When we left Payson I was definitely looking forward to a week in the White Mountains. I was also hoping that the insane itching in my hands and feet was over.
I'm still thinking that the trees are what I'm reacting to so when we pull into the Hon Dah Casino RV Park, I'm not excited to park in the pines. It's cool in the shade, but of course our satellite doesn't connect. The park lay-out is weird and there's no signage. It's about 12 miles from town.
We have appointments for new tires and alignment for the Jeep on Tuesday, but I already know we're not going to stay in the mountains past that. I've looked forward to this stop for months, and the temps are rising fast in the lower elevations. Still, getting out of the trees seems like my best option for relief.
|Normally this would be a perfect spot.|
|Piper getting her new shoes.|
|Putting aside vanity for a bit of relief.|
|One of several "Rat Rods" in their yard.|
|Not like any Gremlin I've ever seen.....|
The drive from Show Low to Globe, Arizona, is listed in the top five scenic drives in a state filled with scenic drives. The Salt River Canyon is stunning. And steep! A couple 6 and 7% grades with tight turns keep it interesting. Fortunately the brake assist is working again.
|We make a rare stop along our route to check out the river below.|
Another casino stop, we pull into Apache Gold Casino and RV in Globe mid-day. We have definitely moved out of the pine trees!! I choose an end site with a Palo Verde tree for a small bit of shade, in a large asphalt parking lot, with full hookups at each site.
|The opposite of forest.|
|One little tree gives us a better "view" on this side.|
Thursday morning we enjoy the best quiche I've ever had at the Copper Hen Cafe. Although we have to fight off several annoying flies, it's a cute spot that we both recommend.
|Lots of local art line the walls.|
|Salado (no, not salad) style bowls made between 1225 and 1400 A.D.|
|Tiny shell, bone and stone beads. A pencil tip would be too big to fit in the smaller holes.|
|Evidence of trade with peoples who traveled from the coast.|
|Even though vandals took and destroyed on site many pieces, several beautiful pots were excavated and saved for all of us to enjoy.|
|Nearly 200 rooms were unearthed, most thought to be small storage space.|
|The interior walls are mostly smooth, with a few "bumps".|
|Parts of the multi-story walls were restored, although the lower walls are original, including the adobe mortar.|
|Many of the doors are very short.|
|With the thick walls, the temps are ten degrees cooler here.|
|One of two restored rooms.|
|Ancient grinding stones line the wall.|
|Beaver Tail are beginning to bloom.|
|Massive mutant barrel cactus.|
|Very quickly we're able to see across the layers.|
|A mostly wide shelf road takes us to over 7800 feet.|
|Several cabins at the summit. None with views beyond the trees, all with outhouses.|
|Several towers run by the National Geodetic Survey - "providing a foundation for communication and transportation" - so, no, I don't know what they do.|
|I no longer have expectations of guard rails on these roads.|
|As much as I "grumble" about heights, I can't deny the beauty of these views.|
Bill finds a dirt road behind the large copper mine on Friday. It's an interesting environment of cholla, trees, ocotillos, beaver tail, rock walls, yuccas, barrels, brush, cattle and saquaros. We end up on a narrow track meant for ATVs and add several layers of desert pin-striping to Piper's paint job. It ends at the top of a knoll where a nine-point turn gets me headed back out. Sometimes I stretch my comfort level and end up having a great time.
|Many saquaros made it to the top!|
|Several large trees along the wash.|
|I'm sure we're being watched.....|
|Maybe I could be a ranch dog......|
|Mine shaft beyond the fence.|
|Giant Pencil Cholla with nest.|
|Giant-er Beaver Tail with buds.|
|Mother Nature does the best arrangements.|
Saturday morning we take another beautiful drive west.