Rodeo Days

Everyone loves a parade.

The Lost Dutchman Days Parade is a big event in Apache Junction. It kicks off a day of festivities.

The parade this year was bittersweet. I lost my best friend. I lost a nephew – he wasn’t really my nephew, but he called me Uncle Carl. Mike Henderson was Liz’s nephew. He was the reason we are in Arizona. Continue reading »

Massacre Grounds Hike

Before the Civil War, more than six decades before Arizona was a state, legend has it that Apache warriors ambushed members of the Peralta family as they were transporting gold from their mine in the Superstitions back to Mexico.

There is little evidence that such a gold mine existed. However, in , two gold hunters found a cache of gold. Also, Jacob Waltz is known to have discovered gold. Whether he found a cache of hidden gold or actually discovered a mine is open to speculation and argument. Continue reading »

Mesa Pow Wow

marvin-and-anna-redeye Yesterday, Liz and I attended the 33rd Annual Roy Track Pow Wow in Mesa. The Pow Wow is an inter-tribal get-together. The main attraction is the gourd dancing and drum circle.

I have no photographs, as this event is a tribal affair.  The dances are sacred ritual.  Some tribes allow photographs and video, others do not. To be respectful, I only took pics of friends and the arts and crafts tents. Continue reading »

Shrouded in mystery

cloudy mountain web 2 When I looked out my back door this morning, I knew I could waste no time in driving out to Idaho Rd and Lost Dutchman. This intersection offers one of the best unimpeded views of the Superstition Mountain.

Monsoon begins late June, early July and lasts until late September. The worst of it, or best depending on your point of view, is August when floodwaters wash away roads and people’s yards. Continue reading »

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