Friday was John's golf day, so the kids and I found some fun on our own. We first did a little Geocaching in Scottsdale. This turned out to be one of the coolest caches we have ever found! The GPS location lead us to a pile of rocks on the embankment of a water spillway (which was, of course, dry as a bone). We then found a fake rock with a small container. The container only held one thing: a doorbell! It said to ring the doorbell, and find the main cache. Amelia and Ryan took turns ringing the doorbell. Fortunately, my daughter has very good hearing, and was able to hear a faint "ding" right away. She echo-located the source quickly, and we found the main cache tucked underneath some rocks.
|Amelia and Ryan happy with their latest geocache.|
After we finished up our geocaching, we headed East of Phoenix to a "ghost town" named Goldfield. It is an authentic ghost town that was abandoned in the early 1900's after a local gold rush. The town is next to "Superstition Mountain." The town has been rebuilt as a tourist attraction.
After arriving at Goldfield, we checked out a few shops and took a ride on their narrow-gauge train.
|Waiting for the train.|
|Another view of Superstition Mountain and an old mining train.|
|A view of Goldfield from the train.|
|Our mine tour guide explains what at "honey pot" is. Ewww.|
|The sillies continue.|
|Trying to escape.|
|That's one large cactus! We found out that it is likely a few hundred years old.|
To my delight, the resort featured a bagpiper at sunset.
|The resort had rattlesnakes in the lobby! I'm not kidding! Fortunately, they were contained in aquariums.|
|Dr. J was at our resort!|
|A view of the back of the resort.|
|The kids accumulate a herd of stuffed animals on the trip. We continued our traditional of giving the kids a "vacation allowance" for souvenirs. I think most of the cash was spent on stuffed animals.|