Yes, it’s been a wonderful trip so far and we’re having lots of fun in Apache Junction. So much fun that we’re considering doing this annually and this is such a nice little park on the edge of everywhere. Easy to get to Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, Tempe and all points in between, just hop on the 60 and you can get just about anywhere in 20 minutes.
We’ve noticed a huge difference in the number of rigs at the Apache Junction KOA where we’re staying now that Christmas is over. Before Christmas it was less than half full, now I’d say it’s closer to 90% full. And I can understand why, they really do a good job around here, from keeping the grounds clean to escorting people to their campsites, to just being darn friendly. Plus I’d say almost 75% of the spots are pull through sites too and pretty darn spacious. We’re really enjoying our stay here. And will definitely stay here again when we come back.
We’ve had so much fun too, we were able to visit the Superstition Mountain Museum and learn so much about the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine. It’s really quite a story and a number of people have perished trying to find the mine. Not to mention plenty of maps out there drawn based on the clues provided by Jacob Waltz. It’s a fascinating story and well worth the trip to the museum. Who knows, maybe you’ll find the mine!!
From there we decided to explore the Superstition Mountain Goldfield Ghost Town. It’s a pretty big place and an actual ghost town with a mine attached. It even had a brothel, which was “family friendly”, but sadly it was closed while we were there. You can walk down Main Street, explore the many shops and historic buildings. There’s also a tour of the historic Mammoth Gold Mine and you can visit the Goldfield Museum. You can pan for gold then take a ride on Arizona’s only narrow gauge train.
You’ll also get to witness an old west gun fight performed by the famous Goldfield Gunfighters!
Back in the 1890′s Goldfield boasted 3 saloons, a boarding house, general store, blacksmith shop, brewery, meat market, brothel and a schoolhouse. Just when it looked like the town would outgrow Mesa, the vein faulted, the grade of ore dropped and the town died a slow painful death.
And last but not least, I got to check off an item on my bucket list. We’re big fans of the show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” with Guy Fieri so we went to Joes’ Farm Grill, which boasts “common food done uncommonly well” and of course, we had to try one of Guy’s recommendations. The Ahi Tuna Sandwich!! Yum, I had it with the fried green beans and Thom had it with the onion rings (another Guy recommendation).
It was astounding! When we got there it was pretty packed but they do a great job of moving people through and there is a lot of seating so we were in and out pretty quick.
And of course, we had to do the Phoenix Zoo Lights with the grands along with their animatronic dinosaur exhibit. It’s always so much fun to see the expression on their faces when they’re having a good time.
So, we have still more time in the Phoenix area with plenty of time to explore. We won’t be leaving here for at least a few more weeks. So … TTFN like Tigger says (ta ta for now) and Kosmo wishes everyone well and a Happy New Year!
Stay safe and keep making those memories.
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