Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tonto Natural Bridge

Yesterday we took a day trip thinking we were going to wind up at the Petrified Forest. but we ran out of daylight because along the way we found two very interesting stops. One being the little towns of Strawberry and Pine, AZ  The other, The Tonto Natural Bridge.  So we made plans to go to the Petrified forest next week and we will be on the road by 8:00 A.M. so we will have plenty of time to explore.
This little berg isn't very big but it was fun to drive through. Then I saw a sign "Historical School House" and we were off to see it.

It was particularly fun for Joe because as a young child he went to a one room school house just like this in North Dakota

And it had an out house just like this also.

The next town after Strawberry was Pine. We were getting hungry so we stopped at HB's Place. First thing we saw was a sign on the door, cash only. We went in and were greeted by a very friendly waitress. The place warm warm and inviting and very clean. Decor was American Red, White and Blue and very patriotic.  We received our food in a timely  manner.Joe had a BLT and fries and I had a cup of chicken vegtable soup and a half of corn beef on rye. Both very tasty. In a short visit with our server, she asked if we had seen the Tonto Natural Bridge yet.  We said no, and she pointed us in the right direction.

And off we went..........down, down, down and

Lots of curves

At the bottom, we were greeted with this sign and a State Park Ranger asking for our $10 entrance fee

TONTO NATURAL BRIDGE  was a wonderful surprise for us! So beautiful!

I wish we would have had more time to spend here. Not only was the bridge magnificent but the park was beautiful too. There was a 3:00PM wedding scheduled on the grounds. Beautiful setting with the white tables and chairs. But we had to be on our way to the Petrified Forest which was our original destination. After a few more miles, we made the decision to head for home and plan a full day next week to come back via the freeways which would be a lot faster (but definitely not as pretty)
We enjoyed a beautiful sunset on the way home

but with those dark clouds we shouldn't have been surprised that we rain into a very heavy rainstorm around Flagstaff. It did take us by surprise though even though it only lasted for a couple of miles and we were back on dry pavement the rest of the way home. This morning about 6:30 AM. I was awakened by thunder.  It is 9:30 now and still raining with thunder in the distance. I checked the weather bug and it still says it will be 82 this afternoon.  We'll see.  We are going to go for a ride after church to see if we can find a Honda Dealer with a Service Center.  People behind us on the way home last night kept blinking their lights at us so Joe finally stopped at a rest area, and found out why they were blinking at us..... our tail lights were both out.  All our signals and brake lights work but no tail lights.... So getting that fixed will be first on our agenda tomorrow.