Loved Saddle Mountain so much we decided to head back to explore some more trails today.

Loved Saddle Mountain so much we decided to head back to explore some more trails today.

More views of art from our visit to the Ghost Town of Sundad.

More views of art from our visit to the Ghost Town of Sundad.

Came across the old Ghost Town of Sundad during our adventure yesterday. While it’s tough to find much information on the area it is known that Sundad was established in 1920 as a Tuberculosis Sanatorium. Since TB is highly contagious patients were sent there to live out their last days. Since being abandoned visitors stop most often for late night partying/camping, leaving their litter behind, essentially creating a dump. While no buildings remain, at some point someone took the time to take collect the litter, making it into artistic formations.

Came across the old Ghost Town of Sundad during our adventure yesterday. While it’s tough to find much information on the area it is known that Sundad was established in 1920 as a Tuberculosis Sanatorium. Since TB is highly contagious patients were sent there to live out their last days. Since being abandoned visitors stop most often for late night partying/camping, leaving their litter behind, essentially creating a dump. While no buildings remain, at some point someone took the time to take collect the litter, making it into artistic formations.

When I was 8 yrs old I told my mom and dad I would always live with them and never move away…my mom made sure to get it in writing. Little did we know what an adventurous gypsy I would be. #explore #adventure #travel

When I was 8 yrs old I told my mom and dad I would always live with them and never move away…my mom made sure to get it in writing. Little did we know what an adventurous gypsy I would be. #explore #adventure #travel

More scenes from this last weekends #offroading adventure. Repost from @dhondrums: We saw this big fella on Sunday. Some wild and some tagged, but all beautiful. They just look at you wondering why you are there, and give a stare that says “move along little human” #cattle #longhorn #cow #animalsinthewild #arizona #adventure #jeepsummer #offroading #wildlife #phx #jeeplife #backroads

More scenes from this last weekends #offroading adventure. Repost from @dhondrums: We saw this big fella on Sunday. Some wild and some tagged, but all beautiful. They just look at you wondering why you are there, and give a stare that says “move along little human” #cattle #longhorn #cow #animalsinthewild #arizona #adventure #jeepsummer #offroading #wildlife #phx #jeeplife #backroads

Last week to enter my @sportchaletexperts giveaway for a chance to win a $100 or $50 gift card! Stop by my site to enter. #linkinprofile

Last week to enter my @sportchaletexperts giveaway for a chance to win a $100 or $50 gift card! Stop by my site to enter. #linkinprofile

Ojo has finally decided that Spencer is a pretty rad brother….or he’s just trying to steal Spencer’s bed.

Ojo has finally decided that Spencer is a pretty rad brother….or he’s just trying to steal Spencer’s bed.

Scenes from the trail….

(On the back roads of Arizona, scoping the ground for rocks/minerals)

@DHonDrums: Shhh. I think I just heard breathing.

Heidi: What?! Like an animal?!

(We walk slowly toward the wash AKA ditch)

(Looking around…listening….)

H: Animals will charge should they feel cornered. 

D: I don’t hear anything anymore.

(Turn around to walk back to Jeep)

(*Huff* *Snort*)

(Turn to each other wide-eyed)

D: I told you I heard something!

(Once closer to the Jeep we turn to look and see nothing. Then movement catches my eye high up the mountain.)

H: Look up!  It’s a wild donkey!!

D & H: Wow…

Seeing animals on the trail is always a treat…especially when they are wild. While we’ve seen cows, this was our first encounter with a wild donkey.  His huff as it reverberated off of the mountain was incredibly loud.  And it was amazing that he was so far away yet he was 100% aware of us in his territory, swishing his tail as if saying, “I see you.”  Later on we had the joy of coming across several herds of wild cows and a full herd of wild donkeys (when this photo was captured). You can’t help but feel a special energy on the trails here in AZ.

Scenes from the trail….

(On the back roads of Arizona, scoping the ground for rocks/minerals)

@DHonDrums: Shhh. I think I just heard breathing.

Heidi: What?! Like an animal?!

(We walk slowly toward the wash AKA ditch)

(Looking around…listening….)

H: Animals will charge should they feel cornered.

D: I don’t hear anything anymore.

(Turn around to walk back to Jeep)

(*Huff* *Snort*)

(Turn to each other wide-eyed)

D: I told you I heard something!

(Once closer to the Jeep we turn to look and see nothing. Then movement catches my eye high up the mountain.)

H: Look up! It’s a wild donkey!!

D & H: Wow…

Seeing animals on the trail is always a treat…especially when they are wild. While we’ve seen cows, this was our first encounter with a wild donkey. His huff as it reverberated off of the mountain was incredibly loud. And it was amazing that he was so far away yet he was 100% aware of us in his territory, swishing his tail as if saying, “I see you.” Later on we had the joy of coming across several herds of wild cows and a full herd of wild donkeys (when this photo was captured). You can’t help but feel a special energy on the trails here in AZ.

"Really mom? Of all days to schedule my dental cleaning you choose the day it’s pouring down rain?! I’m not impressed." #buzzbombcreatures #natchez #catsofinstagram

"Really mom? Of all days to schedule my dental cleaning you choose the day it’s pouring down rain?! I’m not impressed." #buzzbombcreatures #natchez #catsofinstagram

Took a #backroads trip to find the old oasis that is Castle Hot Spring Resort in the middle of the Hieroglyphic Mountains. Built in 1896 as a ‘health spa’, in it’s heyday during the 20s it was visited by those like the Rockefeller Family and members of our armed forces, including JFK. Sadly a fire in 1976 caused it to close. While you can still view structures from the road it hasn’t been greatly maintained. However, earlier this year it was purchased for $1.95 million by a Phoenix investor. Will Castle Hot Springs Resort shine once again?

Took a #backroads trip to find the old oasis that is Castle Hot Spring Resort in the middle of the Hieroglyphic Mountains. Built in 1896 as a ‘health spa’, in it’s heyday during the 20s it was visited by those like the Rockefeller Family and members of our armed forces, including JFK. Sadly a fire in 1976 caused it to close. While you can still view structures from the road it hasn’t been greatly maintained. However, earlier this year it was purchased for $1.95 million by a Phoenix investor. Will Castle Hot Springs Resort shine once again?

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