Darlene spent the day watching native hoop dancing at the Litchfield Native Festival where Moontee Sinquah, Arvel Bird, Tony Duncan and his wife Violet were performing. She photographed the native dancers, musicians and spent time wandering the festival shopping for native jewelery and art.
The Apache Trail is officially known as Route 88 and runs eastward from Apache Junction to Roosevelt Dam where it meets up with Route 188. In between these two points we discovered an are rich in history and some incredibly terrifying roads. Starting our day with the Elvis Church and Apache Trail Museum, we moved on to Goldfield and toured the home made ghost town where we watched an old west shootout. Tortilla Flat is located where the pavement ends and the 22 miles of gravel begins. We stopped for lunch at the famous Superstition Saloon where Rob saddled up to the bar before trying their chili. The next 2 hours on gravel road and down Fish Creek Hill was about the most invigorating and terrifying thing we’ve ever done. We were never more grateful for pavement when we got to the end.