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Friday, February 7, 2014

Beautiful day but it's getting better

After the last two days it was great to see the sun again. 66 and sunny is about perfect as far as I’m concerned. But the forecast is for better yet, I think this is what we came to Arizona for.

We started the day with our fresh brewed French roast coffee as always, except having it out doors was a special treat. Then we jumped in the car and went to explore. Not very far from Florence we discovered Anthem Arizona a resort community developed by Del Web. This area was started in 2006 and has turned into a beautiful community comprised of two areas. One area is for families and people of all ages, the other area is for folks 55 and older. We drove through the 55 and older section and what a beautiful community it was. It surrounds a beautiful golf course and community center that contains everything you would expect from a major resort. We stopped at an open house and visited for awhile with the realtor and learned a lot about community.

We then ventured on to Poston’s Butte. Named after Arizonian Charles Poston who after a trip to India, in which he became a fire worshipper, built a continuous fire, a sort of temple of the sun, atop a hill and naming it Parsee Hill. The flames died out after of couple months and it became known as Poston’s folly and Poston’s Butte. It was a great hike up the hill with beautiful views once on top.

We had heard from folks in the campground about a drive that went out into the desert, which is full of saguro cactus, and continued through hills and valleys while passing through the small towns of Kelvin, Kearny, Hayden, Winkelman, Dudleyville, Mammonth, San Manuel and Oracle finally returning us back to our campground in time to BBQ some supper.

Looking forward to more of the same……..

How is this for a ten day forecast

A hike to the top of  Poston's Butte

Hiking on up
Atop Polson's Butte

View from the top
View from the top
View from the top
View from the top
Florence Kelvin Drive a desert loop drive