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If you read this travel blog regularly, you are probably thinking that there was a post not too long ago about a trip to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Firstly, good memory! Secondly, the Boyce Thompson Arboretum is over 300 acres of natural and man-made features that it is hard to cover in just one day. …

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Backpack Pat here and I have been excitedly waiting for one of my newfound favorite times of the year, Lost Dutchman Days Weekend! This multi-day extravaganza typically takes place the last weekend of February and this year is no exception.  On this adventure of Backpack Pat, I am going to recall last year’s parade and …

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Have you ever looked at the majestic Superstition Mountains and the surrounding landscape and felt inspired? Well, you are not alone as dozens of people not only decided to call the Superstition Mountains home, some of them capture the beauty of the area and display their work for the world to see. In fact, some …

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One of the top ways to make magical memories during the holidays is to experience the Barleen’s Dinner Show – Home for the Holidays Variety Show. For this adventure with Backpack Pat, we get to sit down with good friends, listen to good music, have some good laughs, and have a great time at Barleen’s …

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  • December 18, 2023
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Have you ever looked up at the stars at night and wondered about their names or what constellation they form? How about which planets in our solar system are within viewing distance of Earth? It is not so hard to believe that the Apache Junction area is a spectacular place to view the spectacle of …

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  • December 13, 2023
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Goldfield Ghost Town, located on State Route 88 a little past Apache Junction, is a former western frontier mining town filled with legendary folk tales as big as Superstition Mountain. On this adventure of Backpack Pat, we follow in the footsteps of the original town folk that might still be present in a nearly two …

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  • December 7, 2023
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Beyond the Pines and Palm Trees, Boyce Thompson Arboretum Delivers a Spectacular Learning Experience on Plant Life     Whether you are looking to learn about plants that can thrive in desert environments, or you want to have a fun outdoor adventure with family, you can achieve it all with a day spent at the …

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  • October 17, 2023
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Just minutes from Phoenix, Apache Junction is the gateway to incredible outdoor adventure, Lost Dutchman State Park, and Tonto National Forest. Our area is known for hosting big festivals, like Lost Dutchman Days, the Lost Dutchman Marathon, the Arizona Renaissance Festival, Apacheland Heritage Days, and our spectacular 4th of July fireworks. And every day, we’re …

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Enjoy a Boat Tour in Arizona! You Read That Right – Experience The Dolly Steamboat on Canyon Lake off of the Historic Apache Trail Who knew only a short 20-minute drive on the scenic Highway 88 from Apache Junction, which passes Goldfield Ghost Town and Superstition Mountain Museum, will lead you to an awe-inspiring boat …

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  • September 21, 2023
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