Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

The Boyce Thompson Arboretum is on Highway 60 East of Apache Junction near the town of Superior. It was a little over 30 miles out to the canyon site.

It was a cool morning in the 50’s but the sun was out as we left. The protection of the town of Mesa didn’t prepare us for the brisk wind and the cooler temperatures of the 2500 foot elevation of the gardens.


It was totally overcast as we got there and we had only brief periods of sun during the day. The main path from the visitors center.


In the humming bird sanctuary, we met this little fellow in a tree. It was cool and breezy, so he was sitting quietly.


Loyce at a bridge over the wash. She has her hood up, and still we went back to the car for more coats.


An old cabin where wool was sheared.


An antique Dodge truck.


An education pavilion. There was a desert legume garden in the background.


A small dam created this lake in the top of the canyon.


Sitting peacefully by the side of the lake on a secluded park bench.


This old guy guards the entrance.


We spent quite a bit of time in the gardens, and would go back on a moments notice, perhaps on a warmer day.

There are paths all around the park, and my sore ankle was limiting the distance we could hike. But at the slow pace we were taking, I could have gone farther.

Lunch was calling out our name, as it was after 2 PM and we were some distance from town. We did go into Superior and eat at a cafe and bar that turned out to be tasty. We had chimichangas. Mine with enchalada sauce. MMMM!

Tonight, we went back to the Organ Stop Pizza and had Sausage, Mushroom and Pepperoni pizza. We sat thru two sets of organ music, which as I have reported before, is beyond words to describe. The most notable piece that was played tonight, was “Phantom of the Opera.”

I think Larry and Jean really enjoyed the theater organ. I know I always enjoy listening. We had a different fellow performing tonight, and we think he did a better job than when we were last there.

Tomorrow I am to receive the air card from Fed Ex. I had it shipped to a local Kinkos since it needs to be signed for, and we would not be here all day waiting for the package. I can’t wait to get it, as this will take the rest of the night to post with all the pictures.

Retired Rod

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