Lost Dutchman State Park

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Our destination in the Phoenix area is Lost Dutchman State Park. It lies about 40 miles east of downtown Phoenix at the foot of the Superstition Mountains. The campground offers full hookups in some of the loops, but they were all booked by the time we decided to head this way. We ended up in the newest loop that doesn’t have any hookups. One of the rangers told us that a communal water spigot will be added in the offseason, but for now it is just sites with picnic tables and gorgeous views.

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We seem to have sprouted ears….

A hiking trail leads from our campsite to connect with the various trails that start in the park and head to and around the Flat Iron peak in Tonto National Forest. The Siphon Draw trail heads up the peak while others meander around the base. The recent rain seems to have encouraged the desert flowers to bloom.

flowers2flowers1While I didn’t make it to the top of the Flat Iron (once again the cursed lack of time strikes), I was still able to enjoy the mountain

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Phoenix suburbs in the distance

While here we also enjoyed more of the desert cacti

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and brilliant sunsets.

IMGP1302IMGP1310In the campground we met several other Airstream owners and enjoyed spending time with them. We spent one evening with Ron and Cathy around their campfire enjoying s’mores. We also met Wayne and Sarah who sometime in their Airstream Mary Joan. They treated us to a great meal one evening.

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pre-dinner conversation

We’re going to treat them the next time our paths cross, especially as I’m afraid that we were very bad influences. Sarah has always enjoyed the Classic Airstreams and it seems that seeing ours was the last straw. They’re now on their way to Florida to pick up an almost new 31′ Classic.

Later that evening I experimented a bit with night photography. I knew there was way too much ambient light to get truly good shots, but still I found the results interesting.

IMGP1296IMGP1321The shots above are with five and ten minute exposures. I also tried a 30 minute exposure but the result was as if I took a picture in the daylight with a brilliant blue sky. I think the possibilities of this could be quite interesting. I’m going to have to play with this some more.

We enjoyed our time in this park and may return when we’re back this way.

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