Bob & Susan's 2016 Eastern Arizona

Our grandson Holden celebrated his first birthday at the home of his Grandma Leola and Grandpa Ulysses in the White Mountains of the Apache Reservation. We arrived early camping one night outside of Showlow and touring historic Fort Apache before the party started. Founded in 1870, the fort went through a series of name changes and purposes. While its wild frontier days were over it remained an active post until 1924 when it was turned over to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Some of the old buildings are currently used to house teachers and BIA employees. The museum was closed when we visited but we found the grounds interesting and well-signed with interpretive information. After the party we intended to camp at our old rafting haunts along the upper Salt River. There used to be lots of room for private boaters and the public to camp at the two campsites along the river but this spring the first one was closed and the second overwhelmed by hanger-on, want-a-be boatman enjoying the beautiful Arizona spring weather.