By Jeff Reed
It is that time of year when the relatives are arriving from somewhere else that is much colder than here. Have you ever noticed they never show up in August?
Looking for something fun to do with your houseguests?
I found a very interesting place the other day while I was in search of the elusive Mexican Poppy Show around Cave Creek and Carefree. The Grace Museum is located in the desert mountains above Cave Creek, and though it is an oddity, it is really something very interesting to behold.
Grab everyone who is hanging out at your house and head for Cave Creek. Call ahead to let Grace know you are coming. Her phone number is 480-488-9045 and get ready to experience something very special. Grace says that she is 99 years old, and I believe it. She uses a golf cart to wheel her way around the Museum, but stick close to her as she narrates the history of the United States, from room to shining room.
The Museum holds the history of the United States, from the first Native Americans who lived here, through today, from out house to in-door plumbing, from horse to automobile, from radio to Television to computer innovations, the past is stored within the walls of this Museum.
This time of year, it is also fun getting to the museum. Since it is spring, and the flowers are starting to appear, you might want to consider making a day of it, with a little exploration of Carefree and Cave Creek along the way.
Take I 17 to Carefree Highway, or the 101 North to Cave Creek Road. Either way you are on your way to an adventure. Once in Cave Creek, follow that road to School House road, turn north on School House and take it to the stop sign. This is Fleming Springs Road, make a right and drive approximately 4 miles to the Grace Museum. Throughout this area, keep your eyes open for wild flowers, as it is a beautiful setting.
Since you are in the area anyway, select from the host of interesting restaurants and a few tourist areas to explore. You could eat lunch at such notable establishments as “The Satisfied Frog”, or the “Horney Toad”. Might I suggest a fine Mexican Restaurant, complete with pond in Cave Creek called the El Encanto. It is located across the street from the Frontier Village.
After lunch and your tour of the Museum, you might want to explore some of Nature’s most beautiful settings in this region of the Sonoran Desert. If you follow Cave Creek Road, you will find yourself at a Y that let’s you drive into Seven Springs Park or down to Bartlett Lake. If you have time, check them both out. As you get closer to Bartlett Lake, you will find more desert flowers this time of year. There is a parking charge of $4 at the Lake, but it is well worth the drive.
Jeff Reed is a retired Gerontologist, who has owned a private travel club for senior citizens in Arizona since 1984. He has traveled more than 900,000 miles on escorted tours just in the State of Arizona. You can reach him at [email protected] or leave him a voice message at 480-497-2478. His web site is www.tjstravelclubforseniors.com