Bob and Shirley's Great Adventure 2011-12 travel blog

Canyon Lake

Different view

Tortilla Flat

This hombre didn't make it

The boys horsin' around

Money, money, money

Not even Saturday night

Wow

Nice backdrop

That ribbon is the dirt road

Back in the mountains again

What's around this bend?

One lane bridge

This IS the road with two way traffic

Apache Lake

Salt River

Salt River

Finally, the damn dam

Great shot Shirley

We made it to pavement

What a great bridge

Heading for camp

Time for a rest

View from camp

Out our back door

From the side of camper


We are in Tonto National Forest just outside of Roosevelt AZ. What a day and what a trip. All told we probably travelled less than 50 miles but oh boy! We left the campground about 10:30 heading on what appears to be a three day loop trip in central Arizona. We stopped off at Canyon Lake, then to Tortilla Flats. What an interesting place. They have a saloon and restaurant where instead of bars stools they are horse saddles. Every square inch of wall space had dollar bills stapled on it. We left and almost immediately we saw the sign "Pavement Ends 500 Feet". The next sign said Roosevelt Lake 22 miles. Yup 22 miles of washboard hard pack with single lane two way traffic, switchbacks, and one lane bridges. Our truck and camper are made for this and it really was neat but it took over 2 hours to go the 22 miles. On the way we stopped at a couple of rest stops with fabulous views. We hit the pavement at the Roosevelt Dam (named for Teddy) and made our way to our campsite on the lake. No hook ups at all but also no charge. This is a beautiful campground but they don't collect money. A sight is $6 ($3 with Golden Age Pass) and you need to get your camping permit somewhere else. Who knew. By the time the host camper came back to his site he told me the park rangers had made their last round and would not be back until 10 AM. It is really awesomely beautiful in Arizona. Enjoy the pics.



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