We flew from Nashville to Phoenix in March to visit my husband’s family and find some warmth and sunshine. When we were unloading, we spotted the Southwest “Tennessee One” plane that commemorates Southwest’s 30 years flying into Tennessee. https://www.southwest.com/
For an excursion on the day after we arrived, we decided to drive to the mountain areas around Phoenix. First stop was the tiny mining town of Superior, and we were going to drive on to Globe to check out their antique stores. However, the road was being worked on with a blasting delay, so we had to turn around and choose a different destination. There are botanical gardens along the way, but we decided to save that for another day.
So Tortilla Flat in the middle of the Tonto National Forest in the Superstition Mountains became our alternate destination. It was a beautiful drive, and we stopped off at scenic Canyon Lake along the way. This is a great spot for cooling off in the summer or for a picnic.
Tortilla Flat was a stagecoach stop started in 1904 on the Apache Trail, and today a popular dining and tourist destination called Superstition Saloon and Restaurant. We had to wait almost an hour for our table (it was spring break), so we wandered through the gift store and ice cream shop. You can also belly up to the bar in saddles or eat outside on the patio with live music. Dollar bills wallpaper the walls, along with tons of other interesting items. The ladies restroom is a riot! I walked in to a line-up of startled women grinning from behind their partial doors that are painted with saloon girl themes (I went back and took pictures later and a nice lady took my picture). They have a limited menu with burgers and Southwest specialties. We went for the burgers and they were huge! http://www.tortillaflataz.com/
And that’s all that was at Tortilla Flat! We headed back towards Phoenix…
We had brought along our hiking shoes and found a trail that looked easy to take a desert walk. March is a great time to visit the desert to see things blooming, and we enjoyed our walk (be sure and take water or liquids to drink).
We got back to Wally’s cousin’s house and had time to rest and get cleaned up for dinner with family. Madeline chose Pomo Pizzeria in Gilbert and we loved it! Great pizza and Italian – highly recommend! http://pomopizzeria.com/
Wow! ~ What a great day in Phoenix! Next up is a visit to the Queen Creek Olive Mill.