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We were in Las Vegas for the first two weeks of March 2011 and decided to drive down to Mesa, Arizona to meet up with a few friends who winter in the Phoenix area. While in Mesa we took a drive on HWY 88 starting at Apache Junction through the Tonto National Forest to Roosevelt dam and then back to Mesa via Hwys 188 & 60. The best part of the drive was a 20+ mile section of gravel road between Tortilla and Roosevelt dam. We had a rented Jeep and I pushed it a little to see how it would handle on the gravel and it wasnít to bad other than a flat tire, the first Iíve had in many years.

After leaving Mesa, we also stopped off at Salome AZ for a day to visit friends and I was treated to a tour of the surrounding desert and hills using off-road vehicles. That was lots of fun and a great way of seeing the back country.

Chollas cacti
Chollas cacti
Lichen and grass
Lichen and grass
Saguaro Cactus
Saguaro Cactus
Tonto National Forest
Tonto National Forest
Rock formations
Rock formations
Rock formations
Rock formations
Saguaro Cactus
Saguaro Cactus
Salome AZ
Salome AZ
Oakland
Oakland
Westward Motel
Westward Motel
flower
flower
Salome AZ
Salome AZ
Desert plants
Desert plants
Salome AZ

miner’s cabin
minerís cabin
house
house
desert trail
desert trail
mine shaft
mine shaft
gold mine
gold mine
gold mine

desert view
desert view
barrel cactus
barrel cactus
Barrel Cactus hill
Barrel Cactus hill
Barrel Cactus
Barrel Cactus
More Desert
More Desert
More Desert
More Desert
More Desert

More Desert

throne bush
throne bush
Chollas cacti
Chollas cacti