Hi Everyone, I know it’s been a couple weeks since you’ve heard from me. But I have been on the road doing some dry camping/Boondocking (no hookups……camping in Sam’s Club, Fry’s, and Wal-Mart). I have a budget each month and it pretty much got spent with my RV spot in Tombstone LOL. Anyway, I left Tombstone February 10th, traveling across Hwy 10….crossing Cochise Indian country and then Hwy 191 up to Safford.
I stayed that night in the Walmart parking lot. The next day on the 11th I drove just 5 miles out of town to Roper Lake State Park. There is nothing mind-boggling about this park nor much information about it other than it is a 32-acre park that was formerly a ranch and was purchased by the state in 1972 to construct a reservoir. It was a nice park with a lake … folks could fish off the fishing dock or launch their boats into the lake. The lake is stocked with bass and trout. It has a nice picnic area, a beach area for swimming, a campground, and a natural-stone hot tub, which was very relaxing and perfect temperature. The campground and lake have a beautiful view of the Gila Mountains and Mount Graham. It was a very, relaxing, quiet couple of days.
I headed for Apache Junction on February 13th, leaving Safford I took Hwy 70 through several small towns of Fort Thomas and Geronimo. It was a beautiful drive with several mountain ranges and desert. As I drove this stretch of road history came alive for me as so much of this land that I was crossing was Apache Land and land that Gernomino roamed.
I also traveled through the town of Globe, AZ which was founded in 1875 as a mining camp. Leaving Globe took me behind the Mine that was just amazing, but because of the two-lane highway I was bummed I was not able to stop and take pictures. I traveled on over an amazing mountain range that was just beautiful with its canyon sides that jutted up out of the ground so high to the sky. Again I was not able to get to many pictures but was able to find one spot to pull over and get a few.
I arrived in Apache Junction that evening and stayed the night in the overflow parking at Dutchman State Park. The sun was starting to go down so I was able to get an awesome photo of the Superstitious Mountains. They were just beautiful.