Arizona was one of the last territories to gain statehood, which it did on Valentine's Day, 1912 and celebrated the centennial last year. Alaska and then Hawaii followed next in 1959. While Arizona is a latecomer to the game, it has a storied past that involves native americans, miners, ranchers and a host of bad guys all trying to make a living or just survive in this unforgiving land. While unforgiving might seem harsh in judgement to people that have never been here, I can tell you that Arizona is as rugged as anyplace on earth and in some ways resembles Mars, except temperatures here often exceed 100 degrees 5 months out of the year. It really is a testament to the native peoples and early settlers that survived if not flourished here. In some ways, I wish I could say the same about myself.
|Map of the Apache Trail|
|The Lost Dutchman of Tortilla Flats|
|Around the Bend On the Apache Trail|
|More of the Apache Trail|
|The Apache Trail next to Apache Lake|
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|The Bikes, Rear View|
|The Bikes, Front View|
|Heading out of Tortilla Flats|
|My Friend, Irish|