After getting Saby tucked into her favorite spot in the backyard and equipped for the day, we tiptoed away before she could suspect she was being abandoned. The highs are down in the 80's now, so it's okay for her to stay outdoors all day.
We headed up the Beeline Highway to Payson and points beyond.
We'd thought about staying for a night or two, but didn't want to board poor Saby since we'll be leaving her at Dog Bone Ranch in a few weeks. I'm betting these housekeeping cabins are pretty rustic, but I like the old sign!
We'd never been to Pine and Strawberry, so after a hike to the Tonto Natural Bridge, we drove in that direction. The Pine area was very quaint! We noticed a new view area and thought -- could we live here? Craig loves to fish, we both love to hike, we've always loved the mountains -- hmmmm? Food for thought. Live in a place like this in the summer, and travel to the tropics when the snow starts to fly! Could it be a plan?
An antique buggy full of pumpkins!
A local stand selling honey and jams.
This rustic old bar stood across the street from Pine Deli where we ate lunch.
After lunch and a visit to a couple of local antique stores, we headed back to the Payson area to Granny's. I found a small paperback world atlas of maps from the early 1960's. The map of Mexico's really interesting because Cancun, Puerta Vallarta, and the other resort areas aren't on it!
I wish we had time this next week for another leaf peeper road trip to the Sedona area, but we'll be busy with dental appointments and packing.
Nine more days until beach bliss begins!