Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Goldfield Town, a lazy rest of the day.



Our Location: 
Superstition Mountain BLM, Apache Junction, AZ


I wasn't up too early, in fact I'm not sure the sun actually shone through the window before I got up due to overcast skies. The air was warm but the breeze was cool. We started off in shorts, changed to long pants, but back to shorts today. A mixed bag of sorts. 

This greets you on the way in....

A hot drink this morning, I opted to have French Toast, Riley didn't want any. After that it was out the door to start the day. Doug & Yuma met us at the Dogsled but Yuma wouldn't be coming along today. He was just really excited to think he was and to see us. Shortly we had him back in the MH and we were on our way.  

Biggest soup pot I've ever seen.....hahaha...

Even by cowboy standards we didn't have far to go. A couple of miles and we arrived at our destination of Goldfield Mining Town. It's a quaint, cute little place that offers a taste of old west mining town. It has an operable train ride that we enjoyed, learned many things including the fact that Saguaro average an age of about 350 years old. Also that the arms grow as a counterbalance to help with weight distribution. How interesting is that? We learned there is no gold or minerals of any kind in the Superstition Mountains, but there is plenty around the area. The Mammoth Mine still has about a million dollars worth of gold in it but is flooded and is cost prohibitive to get it out. Our engineer was full of facts, fun and interesting. His name is Billy Red Horse.


Our engine for the train ride.

From the train we walked on over to the mine tour. An interesting way to spend a bit of time. We journey down into a replica of the Mammoth Mine to a shaft that was 175'/53 m long. It showed the various tools and equipment used in the mines. Including single and double jacks, blasting arrangements, etc. An interesting tour as well. 

Our engineer Billy Red Horse.

Next we toured the mystery which is a house of optical illusion much like a Ripley's Believe it or not kind of thing. Everything on slants, water running uphill, brooms standing without help, etc. Fun but not very western. 

 
One of the many buildings seen on the train ride....

After that a quick tour around the town which was founded in 1893. Boomed, died, boomed again, died again, etc. It contains one street of buildings and for a tourist trap is very reasonable in prices. A fun morning. 

Seen from the train ride.

Back home we each went our own way, Riley and I back to the Igloo for whatever the rest of the day held. For me it held mostly a nap. I think my sugar was pretty high, I had enjoyed an Ice Cream in a Waffle Cone, something I never eat. A two hour nap makes me sure I'll not do it again. 

The Mine Entrance, and the Docent. He was pretty good.

Taken down in the mine, not many lights, and even with the flash it was difficult to take pictures.

The overcast skies continued all day and while the temps were warm, they were almost stifling at times without a breeze in the Igloo. As I type this at 4:30 pm it is still very overcast with no sign of the sun.  

 
 
This was in the Mystery Shack. An optical illusion type experience. The floor slants at 20-23 degrees making  water run 'uphill', etc. The broom was able to stand on it's own but I think it had something in the floor to make it do that. This fella was having a ball. He was doing all the moves just like in the Matrix. 









Doug and Yuma (Miss Adventure Travels)came by for a bit, Doug was saying Yuma wouldn't go for a walk, but he would come over to the Igloo. So I headed out with them for a walk, and of course Yuma was in the lead all the way. We didn't walk far, just a bit of a loop, we could see and recognize Goldfield in the distance. Then sitting around outside for a bit before heading off in our own directions.





I called my dad tonight, since I missed his call yesterday. We chatted for about a half hour before saying our goodbyes. They had a fresh snow fall of a few inches today or last night. It's still cold enough with enough ice that  my brother is managing to get a little ice fishing in from time to time. Seems he's catching some fish as well. It seems Dad's Lady Friend Marion is still in the hospital and will be there for a while. Temps are nice, right around the freezing mark the last few days or so. Since it's almost mid March I'm sure the worst part of winter is behind them. Now it'll be snow, thaw, snow, thaw and finally it'll just  not snow any more. That is when we hope to arrive, after the 'snow no more' part. 

 
Quite the sag in the balcony, don't you think?


Do you think they built it with a lean?

The Bordello with the curved staircase....


After that I continued to write this post, we're going to have some biscuits for dinner, do some dishes and call it a night. No sunset tonight, as it's too overcast. The temps are nice, the wind has died down and hopefully the weather will be nice from here on out. 

Is it a bird? A bad guy? Nope, it's Doug that's gotten caught up in there. We couldn't figure out what it was for but I figure they must have put a floor of some kind in it and then lifted it up in the air to keep the bad guys in there.

Riley in a cage that was used in the mines to lower men down to various levels.

So there you have our day, not too exciting but fun, educational and we enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate them all. I hope you've enjoyed your day, managed to do some things of interest, enjoyment, with some rest and peaceful times as well. 

Not far past the Bordello was the church.

Until next time..... take care, be safe, 


Kind of cute, don't you think?




Deb


 

10 comments:

  1. I knew that Saguaros lived to be pretty old but had never heard about the arms growing for counterbalance before that is interesting. Sounds like you had a nice tour. We left with snow on the ground and that was enough snow for us this year. I hope the snow is no more when you and Riley arrive back home.

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    1. I didn't know that about them either Deb. The train engineer was very informative and had plenty of information to share. He is/was an auctioneer and he talks pretty fast, so I didn't catch it all, and I would never remember all of what he had to say but some of it stuck and I enjoyed it. It was a very nice tour.

      I'm hoping we don't find any snow, we did last year on our way home even before we reached the border. Hopefully this year we'll miss it all.

      Take care, be safe,
      Deb

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  2. Loved the pictures. Don't know how we did it but hardly any duplicates between us.

    I'm glad you remembered all those facts because I sure couldn't.

    I think I'm in the bird cage because of my spindly birdlike legs๐Ÿ˜‚.

    Hope your Dad's lady friend gets better soon.

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    1. I haven't looked at your post but I'm glad we didn't put the same pictures on, that would be boring.

      I only retained a few but Mr. Red Horse was sure full of facts, wasn't he? I liked his narrative very much.

      Hahaha....I still think we should have pulled that thing up on a big hook and let you think about your bad ways for a day or two.

      Thanks Doug.

      Take care, be safe,
      Deb

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  3. Sounds like a fun day. You will think of it every time you hear the train whistle.

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    1. Did you know that was where the whistle was coming from? We didn't and I'm glad we went if for no other reason than to know what all those damned whistle are for. Hahaha...

      We had a very fun day, although I was hoping to try the Prickly Pear Ice Cream but apparently that is only at Tortilla Flats. I'll bet you knew that too.

      Take care, be safe,
      Deb

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  4. Seems like you guys learned a few things and had fun at the same time! Win/win.
    Goldfield is a great spot. We went twice!

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    1. We did have a fun day, and we did learn a number of things. So yes it was a Win/Win. I'm glad we now know what the whistles are for and why we hear them so often.

      I could see going back another time at some point. I would go back another year. Although I am interested in the horse back rides into the mountains so we may go back for that.

      Take care, be safe,
      Deb

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  5. What a fun day, some touristy stuff, local information and a bit of history, then relax, sounds pretty good to me.

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    1. It was a fun day George. If you've never been, you might enjoy it. Lots of free things, you didn't have to pay to walk around the town, and if you go on the weekends they have gunfights in the street. The fee for the trains, mine and fun shack were very reasonable, for you it would be $18 I think. We paid $21 as we aren't of the proper age for discounts.

      I also think you would truly enjoy the museum just across the way. It's also free and the Docents love to chat with everyone. Mini train set ups, mining equipment, etc. I'm sure you would truly have a good time there as well. From where we are parked, it is less than a 5 minute drive from the end of N. Hackmore Road. Now from the rigs to the end of N. Hackamore is a bit longer due to humps, bumps and holes.

      If you haven't been to the area, you may want to think about it in the future. Apache Junction is pretty close to us as well.

      Take care, be safe
      Deb

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