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Here are pictures that will grow into an Arizona section.

The Arizona Strip, North of the Grand Canyon

Our rig at Cedar Pockets Campground just off I-15.

I-15 goes through a beautiful gorge cut by the Virgin River. There is no place to pull of and get a picture. The Virgin River at Cedar Pockets Campground is not nearly as impressive, but quite gorgeous in its own right.

Window at Cedar Pockets Campground

Weaver's Needle

The Legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine says Weaver's Needle is visible from the mine entrance.

Weaver's Needle.

Weaver's Needle.

Weaver's Needle.

Weaver's Needle.

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Superstition Mountains

The Lost Dutchman Mine was located nearby.

Superstition Mountains.

Superstition Mountains and Goldfield, probably the site of the Lost Dutchman mine and Peralto mine.

Superstition Mountains.

Superstition Mountains in background with snow on top while RV park guests swim in pool.

Superstition Mountains with snow. The first snow on the Superstition Mountains in 20 years.

Superstition Mountains with snow. The first snow on the Superstition Mountains in 20 years.

Superstition Mountains with snow. The first snow on the Superstition Mountains in 20 years.

Superstition Mountains with snow. The first snow on the Superstition Mountains in 20 years.

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I-40

The  (Bad Ass Truck) and our home-on-wheels on I-40 at a rest area.

Meteor Crater.

San Francisco Mountains.

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Superior

Superior.

Superior.

Superior.

Superior.

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Peralto Lost Gold Mine Trail

Peralto Lost Gold Mine Trail in the Sonoron Desert.

Peralto Lost Gold Mine Trail, Apparently in the 1850's, Peralto and his men were transporting gold back to Mexico.

Peralto Lost Gold Mine Trail. Apache Indians were not pleased with the violation of their sacred mountain, and wiped out the mule train. Since gold ore was found on the mules, it led to belief the mine was in the area where the mules' bodies were found.

Apparently the Dutchman found the mine, and gold had been processed just inside the entrance. The mine appears to have been on the west side of the Superstition Mountains near the area called Goldfield. This is well away from the trail.

Prickly Pear Cactus one of many varieties of cacti in the Sonoron Desert.

Jumping Cholla Cactus one of many varieties of cacti in the Sonoron Desert.

Tall Saguaro Cactus, the signature plant of the Sonoron Desert. Often thirty feet tall or higher and 100 years old.

Saguaro Cactus, with many arms. Quite a distinctive plant.

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Misc

Canyon Lake.

Roscoe and Harpo in their dog seats.

Hydrant Claus. Phyllis' contribution to Christmas in the desert.

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Apache Trail

The Apache Trail has deep canyons along a gravel road.

Apache Trail looking at desert mountains from canyon.

Apache Trail at Fish Creek Hill.

Roosevelt Dam at the north end of the Apache Trail.

The Superstition Mountains at the south end of the Apache Trail.

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National Monuments -- Native American Dwellings

Ancient Native American dwelling called Montezuma's Castle.

Tonto National Monument near Rooselvelt Dam.

Tuzigoot National Monument view 1.

Tuzigoot National Monument view 2.

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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Tonto Natural Bridge, a cave turned inside out.

Tonto Natural Bridge with stalactites on the outside of the cave.

Tonto Natural Bridge with a rainbow waterfall.

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Salt River Valley

Canyon Lake. One of many lakes formed by dams on the Salt River. Canyon Lake is the one closest to Pheonix.

Canyon Lake rock formation number one.

The Salt River Valley makes for a fine scenic drive.

The Salt River Valley makes for a fine scenic drive.

The Salt River Valley makes for a fine scenic drive.

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West Arizona

Parker City on the Colorado River

Desert Mountains near Yuma.

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Interesting Wildlife

Coyote in RV Park. This was formerly the home of coyotes. When a female gave birth to pups, they were fed. Now it is hard to persuade the grown pups to leave. Never trust a coyote. They are wild and clever and not adverse to grabbing a snack on a string -- such as a small pet.

Red Jay is a very colorful relative of the Blue Jay common in the midwest. Green Jays are common in South Texas. The rarer Brown Jay is also found there.

Big Horn Sheep near Canyon Lake.

Big Horn Sheep near Canyon Lake.

Arizona Background Information

Arizona has delightful geography.
The politics are entirely too entertaining.
Some of the laws are designed to discourage out-of-state workers, even when the jobs have low pay.
Many Arizona citizens unfortunately appear to blame "snowbirds" for their problems and try to make "snowbirds" pay for all improvements.
The amount of construction and water usage makes you wonder where water will come from when the next big drought occurs.

The "Brown Cloud" from South Mountain. Air pollution over Pheonix now leads to repository issues for some people. Many Pheonix residents blame snowbirds

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