Friday, February 5, 2016

MacPherson's Hotel Magma 2016

Along with Sharon, I have visited this hotel for the last six years and it has undergone changes.  In the past years, it went from abandoned, having giant spiders crawl all over it (Eight Legged Freaks), now refurbished and soon open for business.  I couldn't find any information online about it, but the changes are remarkable.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Drovers Wool Shed

Located inside Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.

Agnes More Faul, born about 1888 in Scotland, lived in Australia, along with Coolidge and Picacho, AZ.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

The Boyce Thompson Arboretum is enormous and the longest standing botanical garden in Arizona and establishment located west of the Mississippi.  The arboretum originated in 1924 and can be found along U.S. Highway 60 just an hour east of Phoenix and only 3 miles west of Superior.  It sits on 392 acres in the middle of the Sonoran Desert.

When you visit the Arboretum, you will pay a fee at the gate and walk by the gift shop.  On tables and displays are a large assortment of cacti and yard decorations for sale.  There are several trails for you to wander along while enjoying the beautiful garden.  The main pathway is 1.5 miles and loops around the perimeter.   Inside the park is a cactus garden, palm and eucalyptus groves, an Australian exhibit, South American exhibit, aloe and herb gardens.  There are over 2,600 varieties of infertile florae from all around the world.  Along with all the plants, there are many types of wildlife and birds roaming around the park.  If you are ever in the area, you must stop by the Arboretum.  You won’t regret it.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hotels and Bees

Since I am spending a couple of nights at Sharon's this week, we decided to head back to Superior and Miami.  It had been awhile and we wanted to see how far they got on the refurbishing of the hotel Magma in Superior.  We were there at the beginning of the updating of the hotel and were wondering how much is completed.  I do believe they have plans of opening it up for business once more.

After checking out Superior and taking pictures of abandoned structures, we will head back to Miami.  For the past five years we have watched a growing beehive under an abandoned apartment complex's rotting porch boards.  We were amazed that the hive did not break through.  We want to see if it finally collapsed under the weight of the hive.  We also want to explore a couple of the roads above the apartments to see what is there.  We only went along the road behind the apartments, but never went any further.  We are quite curious to see if there are any more abandoned homes.  As usual, I will post the trip here.

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