(Jan) Fellow Boomers Steve and Pam Ritchie have been volunteering at Lost Dutchman State Park and arranged to host a Spring Boomerang there for us. Twelve Boomer couples gathered from Sunday through Thursday and had a marvelous time. Lost Dutchman is situated in the Superstition Mountains right outside of Apache Junction, AZ. Sunday evening Pam arranged for us to have a Z Circle so everyone could get acquainted. Chuck and I hosted and two of the groups that we enjoyed visiting with that evening are pictured below.
|Spook & Brenda Mc Fillon, Chuck & Jan and Ken & Jo Bloedel||Elinor Aderton & Bob Mc Intosh, Chuck & Janand Katie & Gary Smith|
(Chuck) Monday morning we hiked about 3.5 miles on easy to moderate trails near the local campground area of the Superstition Mountains. It was a good outing with narratives by Steve and Pam. Jacob’s Crosscut Trail, Prospector’s View and Treasure Loop Trails start out in the State Park and then go into Tonto National Forest and the Superstition Mountains Wilderness area. Pictured at left are: Jim Baker, Bob McIntosh, Ken Bloedel, Steve & Pam Ritchie, Jack De Arnolt, Elinor Aderton, Beth Miller, Sherrie De Arnolt, Jan & Chuck Moore and Jo Bloedel.
(Jan) The group gathered for Happy Hours each day and visited around the campfire in the evenings. Tuesday morning many in the group found several geocaches on the road up to Tortilla Flats. The road is very winding and picturesque. Tortilla Flats is the remnants of an old west town, home to a restaurant, bar, several shops and general store. Eighteen of us had lunch surrounded by restaurant walls covered in dollar bills! It’s a great place to mosey down the streets, check into the shops & stop and listen to the band playing in the outdoor bar area. Even time for a little dancing!
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Jack & Sherrie and Jim & Diane dancing in the outdoor bar at Tortilla Flats
We rounded out the day with a lively game of Pegs and Jokers with Bloedel’s and Fisher Bakers and a stargazing program hosted by Pam around the Campfire.