The Apache Trail of Arizona

To go from Phoenix to Tucson one could take I10, or do as we did and take the scenic route. The Apache Trail is, I kid you not, the most picturesque road I have ever traveled.

First we were blown away by the number of cacti we saw.

The cacti provided much conversation throughout the trip. Dr. Seuss-esque formations and wicked needles gave us a lot to talk about.

From the cacti my attention was drawn to how green the desert was. Though not yet ‘in bloom’ and months away from the monsoon season there was a lot of green growth on the brush.

DSC_0051 DSC_0052As we approached Canyon Lake, one of a series of lakes created by dams that supplies Phoenix with drinking water it no longer felt like I was in the desert. The lake had a few boats, a marina and some picnic areas around it. My wife’s comment was that she didn’t think she could live in Arizona because of the lack of water, we are ‘Flatlanders’ from the Land of 10,000 Lakes and being without access to lakes and rivers would be odd. Almost as odd as seeing mountains.

Canyon Lake from the road above
Canyon Lake from the shore

DSC_0057 DSC_0061What we saw on the first few miles of the Apache Trail was astonishing. The upcoming miles were unbelievable. More about this later.


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