Travelers on an Adventure by (Tom & Deb) travel blog

Bentley out enjoying the day at our site in Lost Dutchman State...

The view out front was beautiful

Heading up The Apache Trail (Route 88)

Beautiful views all along everywhere on Rt 88

 

Canyon Lake Vista overlook

A wider view seen from the overlook

Early evening at Canyon Lake

Another early evening view of the lake

Early evening heading back down Rt 88 from the lake

An evening sunset from the park

Followed by an evening campfire

Desert flowers in the park

 

 

.... and look at the size of that spider!!

Getting ready for our cruise on Canyon Lake

Steep canyon walls all around

Desert sheep on the canyon rim

And further into the canyon we go

A small park on the lake, accessible by boat only

Desert sheep on the canyon wall

... they seem so sure footed

The sheep above are watching that one below

... and that one finally made it up to the rest of...

Interesting canyon side wall here

 

 

Canyon Lake dam in the distance


On October 18, we drove from Distant Drums RV Resort, to the Lost Dutchman State Park In Apache Junction AZ. The weather was great for the drive and we arrived at the park in the early afternoon. Our site was a paved back in, with 50 amp electric service and water hook up. (no sewer hook up here, but there was a large dump station just up the road from where we stayed.

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Within the park there were several hiking and biking trails of various degrees of difficulty. Bentley enjoyed watching all the birds flying and running around, including a couple of road runners.

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The park itself was off Route 88 (aka The Apache Trail). We took several trips up Route 88 which is a very twisting and winding road, but the views were just superb! And depending on the time of day and the sunlight, those views changed constantly. We took time to visit the small "town" of Tortilla flats, but best of all was our afternoon boat ride on Canyon Lake aboard the Dolly steamboat. This was about a 4 hour tour, fully narrated by the crew. Along the way we saw several groups of desert big horn sheep,watching them walk along the steep sides of the the canyon was an amazing sight. If you are ever in the area, driving the Apache trail to Tortilla flats and taking the boat ride on Canyon Lake are a must.

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Beyond Tortilla Flats, The Apache Trail is paved for several more miles and then it continues for something like another 30 miles to Roosevelt Lake. We drove a portion of that section of road and saw many more beautiful views, but when the road turned to dirt, we decided to turn around. We bet that section was beautiful as well, but probably want something with a bit more road clearance than a Fusion to take that part of the road.

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A week stay went by quickly, and on October 24, we packed up and headed Yuma AZ.

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Ole Buddies + Bentley



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