March 29, 2015

SanTan Brewing Company

This past St. Patrick's Day, Sharon and I celebrated in Chandler.  We started by having a brew at Murphy's Law Irish Pub & Ale House.  Even though we both don't like dark beer, we felt the need to order a Guinness anyway.  I ended up drinking half and opting for a Bud Light.  We enjoyed the band and moved to the music.  After an hour, we got hungry and ended up at the SanTan Brewing Company for dinner.  After waiting for 35 minutes, we were seated.  The place was packed with wall to wall adults and kids celebrating the holiday.  We did want corned beef and cabbage, but because of the many orders, we would have had to wait another half an hour to eat.  We opted for a sandwich with Irish beef stew.  The meal was delicious.  We finished the dinner with a white chocolate chip brownie with vanilla ice cream on top.  We shared the brownie and glad we did.  We were full and happy before calling it a night and heading home.

For more information of the SanTan Brewing Company or Murphy's Law Irish Pub & Ale House, check out their websites:
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Murphy's Law Facebook page:

Celebrating St. Patty's Day at Murphy's Law.

My special grill cheese sandwich with Irish beef stew.
White chocolate chip brownie with vanilla ice cream.  Yum!

March 27, 2015

Abandoned: The Doll Shop

Apparently this abandoned building that Sharon and I thought was someone's house used to be a doll shop.  I was looking for abandoned places around Arizona that I would like to check out, and this place showed up on Google images.  Although I did not find any information on the place, I still found it interesting.  I still think I was probably someone's house too.

March 23, 2015

A Ducks Life

Just floating in the water and diving for fish for a meal or perhaps bread crumbs from a human is the life of these ducks on Canyon Lake, AZ.

March 21, 2015


This Labyrinth can be found on the grounds of the Superstition Mountains Museum. 
"In Greek mythology, the Labyrinth was an elaborate structure designed and built by the legendary artificer Daedalus for King Minos of Crete at Knossos. Its function was to hold the Minotaur eventually killed by the hero Theseus. Daedalus had so cunningly made the Labyrinth that he could barely escape it after he built it.  In colloquial English, labyrinth is generally synonymous with maze, but many contemporary scholars observe a distinction between the two: maze refers to a complex branching puzzle with choices of path and direction; while a single-path labyrinth has only a single path to the center. A labyrinth in this sense has an unambiguous route to the center and back and is not difficult to navigate."  (from Wikipedia)

March 19, 2015

The Elvis Memorial Chapel

The Elvis Memorial Chapel is located on the grounds of the Superstition Mountain Museum.  It is a place where couples can get married, and where movies made at Apacheland are presented to the public.  The building was moved from its original location, bit by bit, and recreated on the museum’s land.  Take a tour of the chapel and sit a spell.

March 17, 2015

Mining Camp Restaurant & Trading Post

A great place to consume a wonderful old west meal is at the Mining Camp Restaurant just below the Superstition Mountains. In 1961, the Mining Camp Restaurant and Trading Post opened its doors to the public. The building was constructed of large Ponderosa Pine trees found in Payson. Today it has a mining camp look and feel to it.

When you walk in, you first see a waiting area and then the trading post. From there you are seated at a picnic-like table with tin mine-camp plates, silverware and cups sitting in front of you. The waitress brings your freshly baked rolls, baked beans and coleslaw. We ordered the three-meat platter along with our beers. The two very hot platters had ribs, chicken, ham, stuffing, and baked potatoes. The entire meal was so delicious. After the meal, we were treated to the country western sounds of the McNasty Brothers. This is the perfect place to get that western BBQ cuisine.

Mining Camp Restaurant and Trading Post
(Located 4 miles east of Apache Junction on Highway 88)
6100 East Mining Camp Street
Apache Junction, AZ 85119
Phone: (480) 982-3181

March 15, 2015

Photography: The Goldfield Cemetery

This cemetery is located in the Goldfield ghost town in Arizona and located below the Superstition Mountains.

March 9, 2015


Bearizona is a Williams, Arizona attraction located on Route 66.  This North American wildlife park permits visitors to enjoy seeing feral animals in their natural environment all from the security of your vehicle.  They say that “Bearizona is an adventure!”  There is an extensive diversity of flora and fauna from bison, lively big horn sheep, crafty wolves and cute bear cubs.  Along with the animals, they also feature High Country Raptors (not the ones seen on Jurassic Park).  You will experience hawks, owls, falcons and other raptors either perched or soaring above.  See each raptor close up and personal.

“Bearizona’s mission is to promote conservation through memorable and educational encounters with North American wildlife in a natural environment.”

The park will take at least 2 hours depending on how fast you drive thru.  If you want to see the animals out and about, in plain view, the best time to go is early morning or late afternoon.

Another feature of Bearizona is Fort Bearizona which is a walking tour.  You walk through twist and turns on a path inside the confines of the forest.  You can delve inside a bear den and see where the young bears live, or perhaps intermingle with the farm animals in the Fort Bearizona Barnyard, and end the tour in the gift shop.

For more information, check out their website:

1500 E. Route 66
Williams, AZ
(928) 635-2289