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Superior, Arizona

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With a name like Superior, you’re thinking lush vacation getaway?  Maybe for an engineer.  It is a small mining town nestled up against the Superstition Mountains.  Sitting atop one of the largest copper resources in North America.  For the film hounds: numerous movies have been set in Superior.  For the gardeners:  Superior is home to Boyce Thompson Arboretum.  Founded in 1925, the arboretum is the largest and oldest botanical garden in Arizona. – wiki

We take a break from winter vacation to bring you a few recent snaps.  Our favorite area of Boyce Thompson Arboretum, their trail leading along the Queen Creek Riparian Area, is just past the eucalyptus grove.  With monthly rainfall 2.0″ at most, the creek bubbles near year-around, keeping the canyon a pleasure to all.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum ◊ Arizona

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A LAST MINUTE INVITE is all the coaxing I need to escape winter’s icy lock upon the East Coast.  Within hours, I’m jetting to the land of ripe grapefruit right off the backyard 1•az•grapefruit•american toolboxtree.  America’s favorite Mexican food in abundance!  Flora and fauna, combined with excellent “winter” weather, to make this trip perfect.

Many readers followed our trek via The Other Blog while visiting Casa Denogean in Superior, AZ.  We had visited Boyce Thompson but, alas, forgot a camera.  A trip takes planning, and this time, we had everything!  Camera, water, fruit, and time.  And the right time of year it was!

Mt Lemon Marigold blooms scent the air.  Cleveland sage, jasmine & eucalyptus combine into a heady thrust.  My favorite, the creosote bush.  Something for everyone!  We’ll let the images do the talking . . .