We made a day of it yesterday, left home at 10:00 in the morning and didn’t get back until around 7:00 that evening. This shot is us on the Desert Belle cruise boat as we were touring Lake Saguaro, what a great way to spend a couple of hours in the sunshine. More on our tour below. The weather here remains in the high 70’s, low 80’s perfect for riding in shorts and t-shirts. The only problem right now is that all of the citrus trees in the resort are in full bloom – a little orange blossom smell is nice, a lot is a little too much!
Last Friday we worked at the Canadian party here at the resort. Great crowd.
When we find the clothing store it turns out to be a large pole building down a questionable looking driveway right next to the owner’s home. When you open the door you can barely get in there is so much stuff packed into this building. It looks like square dance clothes exploded in there. It was almost overwhelming, no particular order to anything, but we had a fun time searching through it all. Greg found a skirt for me that we both really liked since it had a southwest design – mission accomplished, right?
Then when I came out of the dressing room to show him the skirt he noted that my tennis shoes looked “dorky” with the skirt so he went in search of shoes. We had gone this far into a whole new outfit might as well finish it off with a big fluffy crinoline and a top.
If you have ever bought square dance clothes you know this was not a cheap shopping trip, but we were very pleased with the quality of the clothes. I had to totally rearrange the closet to find room for that darned crinoline. It is smashed into a zippered plastic bag that could explode at any time.
Here we are all put together. It was a fun night, over 160 dancers were in attendance. We were the first ones there since we had to arrive in time for me to try to put all this flouncy stuff on in the confines of a restroom cubicle. Can you imagine the looks we would get if I tried to wear it on the motorcycle?
I forgot to get a picture of our seafood salad wrapped in a warm pita bread. This was the view from our seats.
The Desert Belle is on the left waiting to take off for the 12:30 cruise.
Those of you who know me well know why our seats were to the left of this big box. I’ll go on the water but since I can’t swim, need to be near the life preservers. I don’t know why I get worried when I am in water like this that is over 100 feet deep, I could drown in 5 feet of water!
The ducks know that passengers on the boat are probably going to be enjoying some popcorn and will no doubt share with them.
The scenery around the lake was spectacular.
Four Peaks Mountains in the distance are the site of an amethyst mine that has provided crown jewels for four countries (they didn’t mention which countries). They did say that the miners had to be flown in by helicopter.
This is Elephant Rock – give it a minute and you can see it.
The Four Peaks Mountains again with marshy grass in the foreground. The grassy area is a draw for bass fishermen. The boat captain said a 39 pound bass had been pulled out of there.
Large Saguaro cactus are all over around the lake. This “fisted” Saguaro that looks like Gumby waving to us is a rarity. Instead of growing straight up every once in a while the cactus will knot up into a fist.
More scenery. Believe it or not the pictures I’m putting in the post are only a few of the ones I took.
This is a popular teen gathering area. Some of them were jumping off the rocks into the water.
Heading back into the dock, the restaurant is on the hill in front of us.
When we left Saguaro Lake we rode up through the mountains. We pulled over for a short break to walk around, have a snack and to make sure we were still heading in the right direction. I snapped a picture of a bush just starting to come into bloom. We want to run at least part of this route again in a couple of weeks when the desert blooms ought to be out, they are just starting to show up now.
Our drive took us into the Tonto National Forest past Roosevelt Lake. It’s a huge lake but since we didn’t stop this time there are no pictures. We all know I don’t take good pictures when I’m going down the road on the back of the bike.
We did pull off at an observation point to see Roosevelt Dam which was built to tame the Salt River. You might have heard of the Salt River ponies that run wild in this area. I saw one of them wading in the river or at least it was a pony in the river, I just assume it was one of the wild ones.
The Roosevelt Lake Bridge was built from 1987 to 1990 to redirect traffic so dam modifications could be made. It is the longest two-lane, single span, steel arch bridge in North America. It spans 1080 feet across Roosevelt Lake and is painted blue to blend in. It was named one of the top 12 outstanding bridges in the nation in November of 1995. Others named were the Golden Gate and Brooklyn Bridges. The roadway of the bridge is arched slightly because it would have given the perception of sagging if it had been left level. They didn’t think that would be a very good feeling as you crossed it.