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    Default I think I found Sunnyside, AZ

    Thanks to your help, of course!
    I got there early today, maybe around 8am. I wanted to avoid bumping intoother explorers on the trail, and hopefully, have the place to myself. (Which I did) I spent several hours there,mostly just taking pictures and poking around. I didn't end up looking for the cemetary because I had already had enough for one day. I'm attaching 3 pictures of the old buildings, which I recognize from Philip Varney's book, and a newer (and a bit creepier I think) abandoned house that I'd like the experts opinions on. Overall, a very satisfying trip!
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    Just a couple more pictures, if thats ok.
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    I find it a little frustrating sometimes when it takes me multiple tries to find a place but its all part of the game. The last time I tried to find Sunnyside, I must have zigged when I should have zagged. In a way, its more rewarding to find something that isn't too easy.

    So, I'm guessing there was more to see, maybe the cemetary, if I continued on further? (With the original buldings on my left) The trail continued on, and I went on aways, but I decided I had enough for one day. I did come across some wild turkeys in the distance, and until my eyes could focus, I was a little freaked out. Yeah, city boy here.

    Well, I'm ready to look for more strange, unusual, abandoned, spooky, weird places or ghost towns in our area if you know of anything unpublished or rarely spoken of due to curses or fear of looting.

    I do try to obey the ghost town hunter creed in that I take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints. Or something like that~

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    Brian if t.w. and i would have knowned that you were going to sunnyside you could have followed t.w. and my friend bill to my house and we would have all gone up there. We had a good time the weather was great and the sandwiches afterward was great. Meeting t.w with his knowledge was really the icing on the cake, learned alot.

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    Thank you for the kind offer. Its hard for me to break out of being a "loner" on these excursions. All my ghost town books state its much safer to go with a group, and I know I would have a good time. Sometimes I just need gentle prodding. Or not so gentle.

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    Brian, lets see, we live in az, we are in the west, cattle all around, i am sure that we can find a cattle prod somewhere. Glad you found sunnyside. later ernie

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    Brian: Always appreciate the sharing of good picks. Sometimes mine look like I took 'em on a bumpy road. Thanks...OJ

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    Default Suggestions please

    I will be in AZ late May for a weekend. My mother who is 91 would like to go to see a ghost town with me. She sees the ones I go to in Colorado on my web site but she can not travel here. Bear in mind I can not venture too far from her home in Tempe as she is not up to the drive. I also will be in a car with 2 wheel drive and no ground clearance.

    Other than that no big deal. I have considered the Vulture mine but I am certainly open to suggestions. THANKS in advance.
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    I think the Vulture mine would be a swell idea. I had a great time there a few years back, and the caretakers have a wealth of knowledge about the mine.

    I think most of the ghost towns would be too rough a ride in a low clearance 2wd, especially with an older person. The bumping around can get painful on the body, even for us "younger" folks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Total Wreck
    I think it is great you are taking your 91 year old Mom ghost towning.
    I hear Vulture is pretty cool, haven't seen it, it has one of the most interesting histories in AZ.
    If you don't want to drive through Phoenix (commute traffic to compare with LA), you might consider Globe. It's not a ghost, but it is still very much an old west town. Plenty of old buildings, places to eat, etc. If she likes a drive then down to Winkelman & back up to Superior & easy return to Tempe, the Pinal mts. are rich in history & ruggedy scenic, the road follws the Gila river, some nice views. Just a thought. TW
    Good suggestion. As soon as you mentioned Globe / Superior etc a flood of memories came back. I lived in AZ in the 60's and used to ride motorcycles in the desert. Basicialy practicing for desert races. One of which was in Wickenburg "The Vulture". One weekend we hauled our bikes to Florence and took off. We ended up in Superior and the local pub. Wayne and I were enjoying a cool one when a bar fight broke out. Next thing I knew Wayne had volunteer us to break the fight up because the bartender could not handle it. Well, being the idiot I was at that age I stepped right in. When I looked up again Wayne was back at the bar and I was attempting to throw two guys out the front door. Luckily he stopped laughing long enough to come to my aid. We ended up being good friends with the bartender (for the Day) He fed us free beer the rest of the afternoon and even had his buddy haul us and our motorcycles back to Florence. We slept the night on the desert floor.

    PS - Don't tell my Mom.
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