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Friday, March 28, 2014

Lost Dutchman State Park #1


We have visited and camped in the Phoenix area but this was our first visit to Lost Dutchman – and in a word…Wow! This is a beautiful park. Nestled in the shadow of the Superstition Mountains it served as a perfect home base for visits to some Phoenix attractions, exploring the Apache Trail, and hiking some of the park trails. This will be the first in a series of posts that will cover our Lost Dutchman Adventure.

On our way to Lost Dutchman from Benson we took a short detour to visit Casa Grande Ruins NM.  We had been there last year (read our post here) but felt the ruins deserved a second visit. Besides it was a perfect place to stop for a picnic lunch. Like watching a movie a second time – we were able to focus on more of the detail and ended up with a deeper understanding of the ancient Sonoran Desert people. More pictures here.

Even before stopping at the Ruins we had stopped 50 miles north of Tucson on Highway 89 at a monument to Tom Mix. It is the spot where the King of the Cowboys crashed his Yellow Cord into a construction site on October 12, 1940. Prior to the crash Mix had stopped at a bar and played some poker with Bud White – also known as Death Valley Scotty. Gene Autry sang, “Empty Saddles in the Old Corral” at his funeral. So, there you have it - useless trivia.

We did make it to Lost Dutchman in time to enjoy a beautiful desert sunset.

More to come….

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