White Tanks Regional Park, Arizona
Other than a couple of our friends' homes, this is the first place we've returned to since going fulltime 20 months ago. We love the quiet beauty of White Tanks Regional Park, and the close proximity to so many friends who live in the greater Phoenix area.
|Our front yard view - Space #25|
|Our backyard (campground road runs beside the motorhome)|
They're excited to show us the area and we all pile in their vehicle for the grand tour. First stop is Canyon Lake - a pretty blue spot in the red rock and green vegetation. The drive to Tortilla Flat is gorgeous. We continue to marvel at the beauty that is Arizona.
This little historic stagecoach stop/tourist spot is packed on a weekday! Live music plays on the patio, and Lane and I peruse the mercantile without making a purchase. We enjoy a yummy lunch, and then we're off again.
|Eat, shop and drink - but you're not spending the night!|
|Definitely the smallest museum I've visited.|
|The 12'x12' space utilizes every inch to showcase the area's history.|
|A common ghost town custom, dollar bills line every wall and the ceilings.|
|Fun bathroom art.|
|A small creek adds to the natural beauty.|
|The sliver of road is dwarfed by the colorful canyon.|
|More Arizona Wows....|
|Mike and Bill, 50 years of friendship.|
|Tonto National Forest - the colors!!|
|Lake Roosevelt Bridge, completed in 1992.|
|Lane checks out the original road at the bottom of the narrow canyon.|
|Majestic canyon walls - I didn't see the tagging until I uploaded the photo :-(|
Friday is our last day of perfect weather before a weekend storm arrives, so we get out to play in the park. There are many easy trails, and we have a great time enjoying the long distance views and the nature at our feet.
|Poppies sprinkled throughout the grass. Grass. Lots of grass.|
|Blooms are promised on the tips of every cactus.|
After our wanderings we stop at the visitor center that shares it's space with a fabulous library. The back wall of glass looks over the lush desert. A partially completed jigsaw puzzle draws us in, and we have to pull ourselves away to go home and get ready for dinner :-)))
|A lovely place to read and learn....and puzzle!|
|Coy, Patty, Cyndee, Rocky, Bill, Kristy and Jodee|
Cyndee and Rocky and Patty come out to visit on Sunday. While the guys enjoy the clearing skies and a few brews, we three drive to the Waterfalls Trailhead. Something that many, many others thought was a good idea too. I've never seen so many people on one trail!!
|Rocky and Bill|
|Patty, Jodee and Cyndee|
|They bring me a pic of the falls. I'm okay that I missed it :-)|
We meet David (he and Bill were good friends in high school and have stayed in touch ever since) and Tina at their home, then head out for dinner at Uncle Bear's Brewery. With a doggie theme, Tessa feels right at home. Our meal is good and we have fun getting caught up. As we're driving home I realize I forgot to get a photo of them :-( Next time for sure!!
The park padlocks the gate every evening, and three nights we (Bill) have had to unlock it to get home. For a couple who is usually in bed at 9 PM, this stop we've been quite the night owls!
Next time we'll stay longer at this favorite spot, but now we're off to Wickenburg to see more of Arizona.