What a storm! I haven’t seen this much rain since we lived in Houston, Texas. Wet indeed! My brother and I don’t mind as it makes great napping weather. And when I snooze, I can relive any adventure I want!
It dawned on me that I hadn’t finished sharing about our trip to Show Low, Arizona, we took in December. Although we drove up the direct route, we opted to take the long and winding road home. Well, Dad decided by missing a turn. All of a sudden, the scenery was different, and we realized we were in the Salt River Canyon.
The only time we had been on this road was towing our camper, and it took nine hours instead of three! This is a very steep and curvy road. Mom swore she would never drive it again, but here we were. I hunkered in my kennel and prepared myself to be tossed to and fro.
The Salt River Canyon has been labeled the “mini–Grand Canyon” for it’s 2,000-foot drops into the canyon where the blue Salt River flows. The views are spectacular, but you don’t want to take on this drive if you have fear of heights. You definitely don’t want to drive this road in stormy conditions. It is notorious for bad accidents.
Thankfully, we had good weather and little traffic. Dad could focus on driving without worrying about crazy people trying to pass. Plenty of pull outs are available, and if you want to lengthen the drive further, you can stop at the many picture spots. Hike trails are marked along the road as well.
We were heading home, so we didn’t plan time for other adventures. The drive was an adventure enough! Just as you come out of the canyon is the town of Superior, an old mining town. We all needed to stretch our legs and take a break. We went down town and parked at the Superior Park. It is very small but cute. We met a man who takes his dog there every day. I realized just how spoiled I am with all the places I’ve seen.
Mom and dad put me back in the car (ugh) and went to have some lunch at the Miners on Main restaurant. At least the car wasn’t swaying any more. I took a nap, and Mom and Dad got lunch. The place is an old-fashioned 50s diner with good service and excellent food. Mom shared her burger with me, and it was delish!
You can tell Superior is past its hay-day. It is rough around the edges. However, you can also tell they are trying to revamp the down town. Besides the Miners on Main, we saw a coffee shop and pet store. They are painting and remodeling everything. I hope they pull it off! It is a neat location and would be a fun day trip for those who live in Mesa.
Going home the other way would have been quicker, but we wouldn’t have explored Superior. Every adventure has surprises, and I’ve learned to go with the flow. Besides, I don’t know how to drive, so there’s that.
Mowgli was happy to see us, and we went zooming through the house together. He’s a cool brother, I must admit. I wish he could have known me in my prime, but I’m thinking he’s going to help keep me young…at heart anyway.
My ankle still looks funny, but I don’t limp anymore. We are grateful to Farley’s Green Paw for all the help with CBD products in getting me back to 100 percent. Should you have an animal in need of healing or age issues, give Kelly a call and tell her Kuma sent you. Awoof!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!