Tonto Natural Bridge
Pine Creek has been flowing through a hole in the travertine for a very long time. It’s a state park about a 35 minute drive from the mine. I had some time on my hands, so I drove over. I have not been there since I was seven. Long time to be away.
There are a couple of trails down to the big hole in the ground. (right) This is the Pine Creek Trail.
When I was a young man, I swam in the lake/ponds under the natural bridge, but regulations prohibit that sort of fun. Whatever. I hadn’t planned on getting too wet.
Easter week means that things are going slow with work as people travel here or there to be with family or friends for the holiday. I’m spending Easter Sunday with my daughter and three granddaughters who live in Arizona. Not much of a trip as trips go. Naturally I will bring plastic eggs full of quarters. The kids like that more than candy. Smart kids.
On the way to the Bridge, I saw 11 elk (crossing the road), one coyote (also crossing the road in front of me), a bald eagle, and once I arrived at the bridge and parked, there was a Javalina.
Peccaries are odd creatures (right). Something of a blend of a pot belly pig and a wild boar. They are tuskers but tend to keep to themselves. We also have them at the White Wolf Mine, but I don’t see them that often.
You’ll note leaves on the trees. The Natural Bridge is about 3,000 feet lower than the White Wolf Mine, where it is still winter.
Ice age notwithstanding, summer is coming (eventually).
Photo (below) of the bridge from the west, looking east.
Photo of the bridge from the east, looking west. Note that there is a waterfall that splashes down from the rim.