Today the plan is to go to the Tonto National Monument, which are cliff dwellings located quite close to our campsite. Two years ago we drove into the parking lot but I was having such difficulty with my plantar fasciitis at the time, was unable to hike up to the cliff dwelling so we passed on visiting it.
|Picture from Google|
Note: As it turned out the escorted hike was really long and hard about 3 miles total with about 12 switchbacks up the mountain. After Dianne and Steve did that one and had a bit of a rest they hiked up to the other cliff dwelling from the Visitor's Centre. They said that although the path is paved, it was steeper so we are glad we did not go with them. Ray and I thought that they would be gone for about 3 hours but it turned out closer to 5 hours. A long day for them in the hot sun. So I think we will just give ourselves a pass on this one. lol
It is nice for us to have a "down day" after being quite busy and Ray had a "toes up" day. Freya had a couple of swims, as well. It was a pretty quiet in the campsite after most people had left, other than the trailer behind us who started their generator at 7am and did not shut if off all day until 10pm. They did not run it the day before that long, so they must be having fridge trouble. Annoying anyways though.
Ray and I did see a couple of coyotes walk right across the road a couple campsites up from us twice yesterday. They sure are big. This is the back end of Steve and Dianne's rig.
|The coyote is almost as big as Freya.|
Monday, November 27th
We all had a relaxing morning, as our scheduled departure for our next adventure was not until 11:30 am. Our noisy neighbours finally left. Yeah! Anyways, we made our journey down Highway 60 to Superior for lunch at Porters Cafe. First we stopped at the Visitor Centre but they were closed. We had a quick look around at some of their old mining equipment.
|View of Superior|
|Very ecletic decorations.|
|Good size portions.|
After we left with full tummy's, I drove us back to Lake Roosevelt, making many stops for Ray and Steve to photograph the canyon and rock formations along Queen Creek.
One of the mountains that Ray wanted to photograph was Apache Leap or also known as Apache Tears.
The Legend of the Apache Tears is a story of 75 brave Apache warriors who were camped on a mountain, and who were attacked by soldiers of the U.S. Cavalry. In the sneak attack, 50 of the Apaches were killed within minutes, while those that remained retreated to the edge of a cliff. Realizing that they had nowhere to go, the remaining warriors chose to leap to their death, rather than to die at the hands of the white man.
When the women and children discovered their beloved husbands, fathers, and sons dead at the bottom of the cliff, they began to weep. And as their tears fell, black stones were formed on the white, sandy earth for every tear that hit the ground. These are Apache Tears. Legend has it that anyone who has any of the stones, the Apache Tears, should never need to cry again...because the Apache women cried enough tears for all who mourn. Some believe that the stones themselves carry spiritual and healing powers.
|Panoramic view of Apache Leap|
|Queen Creek Bridge|
|Queen Creek Tunnel|
|There is no water in the creek this time.|
Once back home it was time for happy hour and we had a lovely fire. We managed to snag a few extra pieces along the road into the campsite where they were brushing out earlier today. There was only 1 other unit in our loop left, so very quiet. While enjoying our beverages we even saw a red cardinal.
|Our last sunset over Roosevelt Lake|
The end of spending one month together touring around and we still enjoy each other's company! Cheers to that!