Have you ever traveled somewhere that spoke to you or rather called to you; a place you just wanted to return to time and again? That’s how I feel about the Superstition Mountains also known as the Superstitions located in Apache Junction, Arizona (the far southeast side of the Phoenix valley). There’s something mystical maybe even spiritual about the place.
Our original plans after Tucson were to head over to the Ajo area and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, but the pull to return to the Apache Trail was too strong to ignore and thus the Superstitions won. I love having fluid plans that can be changed on a whim. Mr. Saguaro and I do a happy dance.
In the past, we’ve always taken Interstate 10 from Tucson to Phoenix. It’s usually a stressful drive with lots of truck traffic, high speeds, and folks following way too close for my comfort. It’s just another congested interstate that I would prefer avoiding.
Therefore, we opted to take the scenic route this time. We headed north on Highway 77 to 79 and eventually 60. We arrived safely at the Elks Lodge in Apache Junction after a very pleasant drive. I’m not sure I’lI ever want to take Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson again after discovering this alternative route.The Apache Junction Elks had plenty of room for us to dry camp and we found a nice little corner with an amazing view. There was a down side; we were parked close to Route 88 aka the Apache Trail, and during the day there was a fair amount of traffic noise. The view definitely made up for it though. Oh, and yes, you DO need to be an Elks Lodge member to stay here.
During our past visits to Apache Junction, we’ve always stayed at Lost Dutchman State Park. It’s definitely a favorite as it sits at the base of the ominous Superstition Mountain with hiking trails right out the RV door. I credit the Lost Dutchman State Park for introducing the joy of hiking to hubby. You see, Al was in the military and he remembers all too well the military boot camp type of hiking with heavy packs he was forced to do when he was younger. Thus, getting Al “into” hiking took a
lot little cajoling on my part.
During our stay at the Lost Dutchman State Park three years ago, I introduced hubby to the Jacobs Crosscut Trail. Al found a great deal of pleasure hiking that trail, so much so that he started initiating our hikes. This visit to the Superstitions was no different. We started off with a portion of the oh so perfect Jacobs Crosscut Trail and then veered onto some new trails.We found ourselves hiking four times during our one week stay and even had some good friends join us.
G & T live in Apache Junction and spend their summers escaping the desert heat by taking their RV to higher elevations either in Arizona or Colorado. We’re never at a loss of things to talk about and it’s great comparing RVing notes and discoveries.
Speaking of friends, we reconnected with Cheryl and Pete. We first met this entertaining couple two years ago when we parked next to each other boondocking in the Arizona desert in Quartzsite during the big RV Tent extravaganza.
It was fun visiting, sharing lunch, and talking well into the afternoon. It was great fun returning to Tortilla Flat for a very yummy burger and a little goofing around.
Between hiking, errands, and socializing the week whizzed by. We moved up to Lake Pleasant for the first week of March to visit with our son and reconnect with a group of snowbirders who can always be counted on for a good time.
And now we’re back at the Elks Lodge in Apache Junction for more hiking and socializing. The Lost Dutchman Mine may still be lost, but we’ve found a new passion ….. hiking at the Superstitions. Perhaps I can convince hubby into staying longer than just a week. I can be rather persuasive when I want to be 😉