We left Tucson and headed north to Lost Dutchmen State Park in the Superstition Mountains.
Driving to Phoenix on Rt 79 we came upon this Monument to the celluloid cowboy Tom Mix.
Tom met his demise on this spot in 1940 while speeding down the road in his V8 convertible. He came upon a repair crew working on a bridge, slammed on his brakes and was killed by his aluminum suitcase that flew from the back seat and broke his neck. The “suitcase of death” is on display in the Tom Mix Museum.
Our arrival in Phoenix coincided with the Tempe Arts Festival. The last time we came through Phoenix we went to it and found a great rug so we jumped at the chance to return. Plus– It’s easy to get there via the the Valley Metro Rail.
The event reminds us of the Elmwood Festival in Buffalo. Lots of interesting venders and street performers.
We made a couple of purchases in support of local artisans.
Shelly’s mesquite spoon
Pat’s glass earrings
The park is on the east side of Phoenix in Apache Junction. The whole area offers a number of hikes into the mountains as well as a 4 mile mountain bike trail that traverses the base of the mountains.
The 2.2 mile(one way) hike up to Siphon Draw is a strenuous hike offering great views of the east valley of Phoenix.
A few bike trail views
We are avid Jazz fans and always on the lookout for shows to attend. The Nash, in downtown Phoenix, is one of the nicest venues we’ve seen. It just happened that there was a performance by the Geoff Keezer Trio during our stay.
We arrived early
Geoff at work
Part of the fun of travel is meeting people. During our stay at Lost Dutchmen we met a couple from Germany. They are both artists who just retired from their day jobs and are exploring the Southwest.
Mirka and Mark
The sunsets have all been spectacular.