|Old scene of Superstition Mountain on Apache Trail, Arizona|
Once in awhile we have one of those impromptu two-day trips that are even more exciting because they’re unplanned. I’m the kind of person that likes to think ahead and make sure everything is good to go, but now and then it’s fun to just do it and see where the road takes you.
In this case, the road took us to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Reno, Nevada. Southwest Airlines had a special round-trip price to Phoenix, Arizona. Honestly, it was too good to pass up! After we landed, we got a colorful rental car, checked into our room, and then headed out to Apache Junction, destination Superstition Mountain.
|Superstition Mountain as seen from the highway.|
Desert complete with cactus and critters spread out around us. The tall Saguaro reached towards the sky. We pulled off at several turnouts just to admire the wild beauty of the desert.
Superstition Mountain is the highest mountain in this range of volcanic behemoths. The Lost Dutchman Mine adds the lure of gold. Jacob Waltz, better known as the Dutchman, died in 1891 without telling anyone about the mine’s location. You can even find the song Walter Brennan sang about it on YouTube.
I love to go to museums and was delighted to find out the Superstition Mountain Museum on Hwy 88 was open for curious visitors like me. The displays of artifacts from days gone by were interesting. They also had an assortment of snacks, drinks, postcards, and jewelry. In addition, the museum has a variety of classes and other events during the year.
We visited Goldfield Ghost Town and took a ride on the only narrow gauge train in the state. Looking through the stores and museums was fun and educational. The entire journey is great for anyone with a sense of adventure and a glimmer of curiosity about the people who ventured to untamed territory in the desert heat for a chance of finding gold!
What kind of spur-of-the-moment trips do you find fascinating?: