Arizona never fails to amaze me in all of the years I’ve been visiting the state; ever since I was six years old. And it always has something new to share with me. This time we ended up in Mesa, Arizona and spent a day driving the entire Apache Trail; Arizona’s oldest highway. This trail is not for the faint of heart or for those who are reckless drivers or are towing a camper – trust me on this one! The trail is paved up to about the lookout point and then it’s just gravel road from there with lots of bumps and holes, single lane bridges, a 10% downhill grade and the beauty of nature.
The first stop on the Highway 88 tour is the Superstition Mountain Museum. I had no interest in the museum or the gift shop and took off to capture the area itself. I wanted to wait until later in the afternoon when the light would be better to hit the trail but the rest of the family wanted to go first thing in the morning, so I was unable to get the colors I wanted but sometimes you sacrifice one thing for another. In this case it was me losing out on color but being able to see the entire trail in one day…it was worth it.
First stop on our tour is the museum. I did not go into any of the buildings, I just walked around the grounds taking in the scenery and watching out for snakes as I did see a sign attesting to that.