Valley of the Sun

FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ – Life goes on and the days tick by with no end in site.  We are growing older but not wiser.  Traveling farther and yet still there is much to see.  We have fallen into a couple of ‘safe zones’ and are visiting some tried and true spots.  There is ease in the comfort of knowing where we are going and also time to see some of the people and things we passed up the last time in town.

The pass less traveled

The pass less traveled

Something New –  we stayed at Lost Dutchman Campground in Apache Junction.  The campground was nice, but nothing to drop all your plans for.  The scenery was beautiful.  It is a busy place with just a few trails straight out of the campground.  LOTS of weekend traffic, so plan accordingly.  We did find some great additional areas to hike with a short drive away in the Superstition Mountains.  The park camping was a little close quarters with the neighbors and lots of noise from area attractions (a fake gold mine shopping area across the way with regular whistles and gun fights all day).  That said, we have some beautiful hikes and enjoyed soaking up the sunsets and beauty of the Tabletop Mesa.  It is worth noting that this park is misnamed – it was actually a lost Duetsche Man or German – nothing Dutch about it.  See our full review on Campendium.

Sunset at Lost Dutchman

Sunset at Lost Dutchman

For the Comfort of Old, we went to McDowell Mountain Regional Park in Fountain Hills.  This park has wide open spaces, is quiet and great mountain biking and hiking.  We weathered a pretty big storm and some really cold temperatures here.  Didn’t get in half the mountain biking we had planned.  But did catch up with friends and of course enjoy a few breweries, including Fate.  See our full review of the campground on Campendium.

Surise at McDowell Mountain with wide open spaces

Surise at McDowell Mountain with wide open spaces

We caught up with a few friends who live in the area as well.  Sorority sisters Kristen, Liz and Susan as well as an old colleague from my traveling days Samantha.  Tons of fun and so glad this lifestyle lets me catch up with everyone.  We all had a great time remembering the good old days.

Sunset at McDowell Mountain

Sunset at McDowell Mountain

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Something Borrowed we attended the Barrett Jackson Car Show as guests of our friends Toni and Kurt from Kuhl Odyssey. An amazing spectacle in the desert with every muscle car imaginable and then some.  I was tempted by a few old Porsches, but alas the rig can’t pull one and the bank account probably won’t like it either.  Some day….

Dream car

Dream car

Something small to fit inside the RV?

Something small to fit inside the RV?

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Off road up to the snow with Kurt and Toni

 

 

 

 

And something Blue would be the Bronco Super Bowl win.  At least one member of our little house was happy.  And I was glad it wasn’t the Panthers.  But I am just saying a Seahawks win would have gone better with my review:-)

From McDowell it was on to Catalina State Park in Tucson.  With family in the area, we always try to swing through here.  The park is great and we love the hiking and ease of access to our favorite stores.  We will be in the Tucson area for at least 3 weeks.  Meeting up with family and friends.  The thrill of dentist appointments and haircuts.  And then…. who knows?

Any must see places or ideas? We are open to anything…

 

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