Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Fun Couple of Days Before Heading Further West.

Today  (after spending two good weeks here) we roll out of Gold Canyon; heading west towards southern California.  Gold Canyon (and Canyon Vista RV Resort) did not disappoint. It never does! In fact, we were kept quite busy visiting with friends, enjoying visits to truly nice tourist spots (Bio Sphere, Arboretum, Lake Roosevelt, Jakes Corner, Winkelman, Eloy, Florence, Globe, Buckeye, etc.) and joining other motorcycle friends on some nice rides in the countryside.
6 motorcycles and 10 riders: At a humongous mine site.
Yesterday was our final Arizona ride of the season, with eight other riders.  Our route took us through Superior, Winkelman, Globe and back.  The countryside was stunning.
Riding in mid-70's temperatures....other than at high elevations.
We never tire from riding in this great countryside.
Five hours of riding in topography that constantly changes.
Arriving back in Gold Canyon, Fritz and Bonnie (Iowa friends) invited the group to their site for refreshments.  
Enjoying happy hour in the late afternoon sun.
Fritz and Bonnie will be joining us - and a group of motorcyclists from Yuma and Palm Springs - on a three day, mid-March, southern California ride.  The planning has already begun. And we look forward to that ride.
Our Friday tour with friends, Pauline and Gerry.
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Every imaginable desert plant - from every corner of the globe - can be seen here.
Nice barrel cacti
Most interesting rock formations
A small lake that is also used to water the plants.
Spires of all types and shapes.
It takes a good couple of hours to walk the main route around the arboretum.
There are many trails here.  One can easily spend the entire day to browse every plant that grows here.  The walking trails are well groomed and easy to walk. 
Strategically placed benches offer nice views.
Only about 15 minutes east and north from Gold Canyon, this little gem is a worthwhile visit for anyone.
This would present a tough climb, even for the fittest.
Yes, there are creeks in the dessert.
Our two weeks here come to a close today.  And it has been a fun-filled time. Going forward, our journey now takes us further west.  By Monday evening, we will be well set up in Caliente Springs RV Resort, in Desert Hot Springs, CA; mere minutes from the southern California desert cities of Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio and more.  We'll report from there in the days ahead.

A special thanks to all the friends who winter in the Phoenix area.  We look forward to meeting up the next time we park ourselves here.

Thanks for dropping in.