Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Let's go to Globe

So Dawn asks, "Where is Globe and what is there?" I knew it was a mining town famous for copper, but that was about it. So we decided to drive out there on Saturday. We headed east US 60 (which eventually becomes Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach) through Superior (an old mining town) and on to Globe.

We drove through Globe to the Besh-ba-Gowah Pueblo, an old 14th century town built by the Salado Indians. The ruins have a reconstructed building and a museum, which we found to be very nice. There were few people there, so we were able to enjoy everything at our own pace. However, a thunderstorm came through the area as we were leaving.

We drove on to the Salt River Canyon to see some of the landscapes throughout the Tonto National Forest and beyond. I had visited the canyon last year a couple of days after a good snow, this time it was raining. Despite the rain, it was beautiful.

When we got back to Globe, we decided to head out to Roosevelt Lake, a lake that was created by the Roosevelt Dam backing up the Salt River and the White River. The lake is big enough to support a large marina. There are a lot of camp grounds here that we are hoping to visit again to go swimming and camping.

We decided to head back home via the Apache Trail, of which, 22 miles are dirt roads with single lane bridges. We drove by Apache Lake, Canyon Lake, Tortila Flat, and the Lost Dutchman State Park. This was another beautiful drive and we came out of these canyons as the sun was setting.

Now we were hungry. We found the Mammoth Steakhouse & Saloon at Goldfield. We missed seeing the gun fights and ghost tours, but dinner was great. We will be coming back here as well.

From there we drove home.

Besh-ba-Gowah Pueblo in Globe

Salt River Canyon

Lake Roosevelt and Dam

Apache Trail

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