This morning we left Mesa and travelled northeast on US route 60 to Show Low, Arizona, about 160 miles. The multi lane road narrowed down to 2 lanes as we left the metropolitan area of Mesa and the surrounding towns. The terrain soon became mountainous so our travels were slowed down. As we approached the Miami/ Globe area, the so called copper capital of the world, we saw open pit copper and gold mining. As we climbed the saquaro cacti were soon behind us and mesquite covered hillsides were commonly seen. As we continued to climb we were in the Salt River Canyon, a very large canyon with water flowing through.
We descended the southern side of the canyon through a series of switchbacks, crossed the river and then ascended the northern side of the canyon. This is indeed a beautiful area to travel through but not at a fast speed.
When we arrived in the Show Low area we found the Fool Hollow Lake State Recreation Area and secured a campsite for tonight. This camping area has nice spacious concrete sites with full hook-ups that overlook the Fool Hollow Lake. Surprisingly, there are a number of RV’s with families camping here. Since we are now in higher altitude than in Mesa the temperature is lower. At 8:30pm it is now 49 degrees, the low temperature in Mesa was in the upper 50’s.