Taking the Scenic Route
From Sea to Shining Sea, Days 39 & 40: Tempe, AZ to Show Low, AZ
|SEEING THE LAST SAGUAROS OF THE TRIP|
|VIEW OF SALT RIVER CANYON AND THE ROAD ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE|
You may wonder, as we did, how a town became known as Show Low. According to legend, two early settlers were partners in the ownership of a 100,000-acre ranch until the day came when they decided they should part ways. Since neither was able to buy the other out, they decided to play a card game to determine which partner would keep the ranch and which would move on. As he was about to lose the final hand, one rancher, who was holding a three, exclaimed to the other, "Show low and you win the ranch." His partner promptly drew the two of clubs, the lowest card in the deck. That's how the town became known as Show Low and its main street Deuce of Clubs.
|SHOW LOW SCULPTURE BEFORE AND AFTER THE FIRE|
Tomorrow we'll check out the road conditions and—if the fates allow—continue homeward on US-60. Or we'll spend one more night in Show Low to allow the sun and the snow plows to do their work before we move on.
SATURDAY, 24 & SUNDAY, 25 DECEMBER 2016
• Ended in: Show Low, AZ
• Miles driven: 190 [trip: 5,954]
• Weather: 21° to 51°, overcast to snow to clear
• States: AZ [trip: 8]
• Counties: 4 [trip: 116]
• Towns: 13 [trip: 262]
• Snowfall: 3"
Loved: Driving through Salt River Canyon and the Superstition Mountains. We certainly wouldn't have seen this scenery on the interstate.
Lacking: A certain sculpture
Learned: Though we often cite Utah as a favorite state in terms of scenery, this trip has shown us that Arizona deserves a spot high on the list of photogenic locales also.