One of my FAVORITE destinations in the Phoenix area is Queen Creek Olive Mill, and it was on my “must-do” list for this trip. It was Wally’s sister Monica’s first time ever to Phoenix, and I knew she would love it. Also, my husband, who loves to cook, had never been, so we planned a mid-morning breakfast date with Wally’s Phoenix family. Here’s their website so you can browse their page and plan your trip! https://www.queencreekolivemill.com/
We arrived between breakfast and lunch (breakfast 8-11) with 10 minutes to spare for breakfast orders, and hurriedly placed our orders… Sooo many mouth-watering choices! We browsed the store a bit, and then went outside to find a picnic table.
While waiting on our orders we caught up on family matters and the little ones climbed the well worn olive trees.
Ahhh… our buzzer is rocking and our food is ready! You go and pick up your order inside and “self service” your meal, so I got to practice my old waitress skills. I ordered the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and they were amazing! Fluffy pancakes with a creamy sweet tart sauce and then some pure maple syrup to top it off!
Mmmmmm… A Bloody Mary, omelet and fresh grapefruit. After breakfast, it was time to shop! We loaded up on several different olive oil blends and balsamic vinegars. At the check-out, we couldn’t resist the Queen Creek Olive Mill Cookbook so we would know how to use our purchases.
Having filled up on food and emptied our wallets, it was time to drive through the desert to show Monica the terrain. Cactus zoomed by, and eventually we ended up at the edge of the Superstition Mountains. We drove through Gold Canyon and the Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club. What a beautiful desert course! You can see more of this private course at their website: http://www.superstitionmountain.com/
Next was a stop at the Silly Mountain Park in the Tonto National Forest for a quick walk and education. They have a short trail with native plants identified with kid-friendly markers. Some were in flower, and were so colorful and pretty!
According to the park website, “Silly Mountain Park is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Apache Junction, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.” More information and a map at: http://alltrails.com/trail/us/arizona/silly-mountain-park
It had already been a busy day, and it was topped off by a wonderful evening with the family. Next up, a road trip to Las Vegas with some of the cousins!
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