Canyon Lake, Arizona
April 9, 2005


Bonnie and I are members of the Old Pueblo Miata Club, located here in Tucson.  This is an unusual automobile club in that the emphasis is on get-togethers and travel, rather than maintaining and improving our Miata sports cars.  Because of this, there are about as many women as men members.  If you'd like to learn more about the OPMC, click on either of the two preceding links or on the following club graphic.

Click here to go to the OPMC webpage.

Canyon Lake is located about 100 miles north of our Tucson home and 51 miles east of Phoenix.  But since the club took the scenic route both ways, we ended up putting 310 miles on the car that day!  This beautiful lake was formed behind Mormon Flat Dam, which was constructed during the years 1923-1925.  The main source of the Lake's water is from the Salt River, which drains thousand of square miles of mountain watershed from eastern and central Arizona.  Tortilla Creek and Boulder Creek also flow into the Lake ~ while usually dry, these creeks can be raging white-water torrents after storms.  Canyon Lake is the third and smallest at 950 surface acres in a chain of four lakes created by damming up the flow of the river.  Two others, Apache Lake and Roosevelt Lake are upstream.  The fourth is Saguaro Lake downstream.  Canyon Lake's shoreline is 28 miles long, so there is plenty to see during a one-day trip.

There were a total of 14 Miata's on the Canyon Lake "drive out".  Depending on the time of the day and the elevation, the temperature ranged from 50F to 72F degrees, which meant that it was often chilly!  Fortunately, the Miata has an outstanding heater which kept us warm while on the road, even though the car's top was down.  On the water though ~ it was cold! 
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The following are 59 of the best of the 175 pictures that were taken by Bonnie and I . . . enjoy!


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We're on the way!
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Our trip leader, Rich Olsen, with his wife Susan.

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The green Miata in front is ours.
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Overlooking the lake.
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The black Miata behind ours is a super charged model from Phoenix.

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Our first sighting of the lake.
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We arrive at the lake parking lot.
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Our car is the only one under cover, a habit we picked up while living in southern California.

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My better half ~ Bonnie.
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We hung around in front of the restaurant and chatted while waiting for Rich to reserve two boats.
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Same to you Janet!  :)
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Our trip leader demonstrating the Macarena!  :)

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It's chilly at the lake, as you can see from the way Bonnie is dressed.
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On the water.
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There are all kinds of interesting rock walls and formations around the lake.

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The yellow on the rocks is a lichen that grows after it rains.
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The Mormon Flat Dam ~ lies between Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake.
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It was windy on the water and a number of us had our hats blow off.  Werner is demonstrating one of the many interesting ways to retrieve lost hats!  :)

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Mike & Jennifer.
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Paul, our club president.
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Rich Olsen, our trip leader.
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Saguaro's grow right up to the water's edge!

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Wild flowers among the saguaro.
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Wow!
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Double wow!!
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At the boat trip's end.
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Rich and Werner look like happy campers!  :)

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Susan Olsen.
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On the way home, we stopped off in Tortilla Flat to sightsee, shop . . .


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. . . and get some ice cream!  That's Bill in the light yellow shirt.
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Bonnie is happy to be inside out of the cold!

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