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Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches
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I've been wanting for a long time, now, to visit my oldest, best friend from high school, Mac. He's camped for the winter at Roosevelt Lake, in the Tonto Basin, between Phoenix and Globe. Another thing I've been wanting to do again, since the first time, twenty or so years ago, was to drive the Apache Trail, on a full moon night. With the headlights turned off. Driving by moonlight.
Well, the Apache Trail runs from Apache Junction, East of Phoenix, out past Canyon Lake and Apache Lake, to, you guessed it, Roosevelt Lake. While tonight is actually a full moon, last night was close enough! So, as soon as I finished yesterday's painting, and had it loaded into my blog, i took a record shot out the side window with my iPhone, and headed out.
By the time I made my way out of North Scottsdale, across Mesa and through Apache Junction, it was 8:30 by the time I hit the historic part of thr trail and started my climb to Canyon Lake, and the moon was climbing fast. I turned off my lights and entered a magical world of silhouettes and close contrasts, of subtle grades of monotone wonder. The rocks and mesas and buttes that I had not seen in so long loomed as in a memory or a dreamand were familiar to me. Saguaro and Ocotillo stood out black against the night sky.
Thirty five or forty miles, half on a very rough dirt road, winding, twisting and turning with looming rock walls on one side and a sheer drop off on the other provided a slow enough pace to make the scenery viewable.
Betsy was literally bouncing up and down with glee on the washboard, pot-holed, occasionally washed out road. And her furniture was getting rearranged for free, to boot.
It was a really magical night drive, followed by a great night's sleep along a side road by the lake, then a day visiting with Mac, his brother Skip and friend Mike, followed by a dinner of Navajo Tacos on really good, crisp fry bread compliments of Mike.
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