Saturday, February 12, 2011

Day Trip to Canyon Lake

Today we left early for a trip up to Canyon Lake.

First Stop

Palm Creek Rv Park to the Dairy Barn

Just outside Casa Grande there are many dairy barns. We stopped at a small dairy north and east of Casa Grande about 5 miles.

As a side note if the wind blows a barnyard smell is around Palm Creek RV Park. Those on the dark side (non pet section) blame this on the dogs.



Second Stop

We stopped at the Lost Dutchman Mine Museum near the Lost Dutchman State Park.

Diary Barn to Superior

There was live music and an outdoor craft fair going on the Museum grounds and lots of people.

A wall of Treasure Maps


The Peralta Stone Maps

The stories of their discovery and what they represent are as many and as varied as the legends of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, itself. The two most popular versions are that the maps were discovered, and dug up, by Travis Tumlinson in 1949, on a small hill above the Fish Creek Bridge.

Another story is that they are stolen by two Mexican nationals from the basement of a church in Arispa, Mexico, and taken to Texas where they were sold to Travis Tumlinson who brought them to Arizona. Tumlinson believed they showed a route to the Peralta mines or treasure troves, in the Superstition Mountains.


Navajo Rug Loom


Live Music


Cactus Garden at the Museum



Off to Canyon Lake and Tortilla Flats

We are on the Apache Trail up from the Lost Dutchman Mine Museum to Tortilla Flats.

Map picture

Weavers Needle


Vista on the way to Canyon Lake



Canyon Lake



The dam responsible for Canyon Lake





We ran out of time and had to turn around and go home.

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