We reluctantly left Tucson, feeling that we had left many things un-done and un-seen. It seems that the more we see of this country, the bigger it gets and the more beautiful and interesting places we find that we never suspected were there.
Traveling from Tucson to Phoenix we took a blue highway and passed Casa Grande National Monument and decided to stop there, knowing nothing about it. It turned out to be a terrific site to visit. The ruins of a old settlement of the Hohokam people, built around 1400 AD are the centerpiece of this site. We spent a few hours wandering the site, taking pictures and touring the excellent visitors center.
|Cas Grande ruin is 700 years old.|
When we started this journey in 2013, we passed through Phoenix and stayed at Usery Mountain Regional Park, which we loved. It was our first experience of the Sonoran desert and a wonderful park and campground. This year, we decided to try another highly-rated campground, Lost Dutchman State Park. This park is further from Phoenix (about 40 miles) and was really great as well. It is near the little town of Apache Junction and has a lot of things to do as well as gorgeous desert scenery.
|View from the Lost Dutchman campground|
|Another view from the campground. The poppies are just starting to bloom!|
|A night shot of the Superstitions lit by the moon|
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