When deciding on a day trip in Arizona in July, two things come in to account. The first is how am I going to stay cool and the second is why are we going away from shade and a pool? Nevertheless, Fourth of July weekend requires some effort at a road trip. Not willing to join the hoards of people escaping the heat to NORMAL places like the mountains, or a California beach, we chose to just take a picnic to the sunny shores of Arivaca Az. Perhaps it is a few degrees cooler…so maybe 99.
We quickly grabbed our always-packed rock breaking/gold panning backpack and the always packed picnic backpack (the second of which literally only has a blanket and a first aid kit ) . We fill the ice chest with fruit and water, water, and more water (along with 2 water filled camel packs) and head out to Subway to get a foot long.
We parked facing this sign at a fast food restaurant next door:
OKAY! Good to know. I am wondering WHY they need a sign that lets their patrons know they won’t refund any food that has been eaten. There must be a story there. Also, the two women in the car were very worried that I was taking their picture so I tried to crop them out. Your welcome paranoid ladies. (Sheesh makes you wonder what they are hiding right?)
Forty minutes later we were on Arivaca Rd and ran into a random goats crossing.
Why does the goat cross the road? To get to the udder side.
It seems the goats wanted a Fourth of July getaway also. Probably. So many goats.
Soon we were in beautiful downtown Arivaca:
On to the shaded Buenos Aires Preserve just to the southwest of town. Lots of shade, beautiful breeze and wildlife.
We even managed to find these white flowers;
The water must have rushed by very fast as it uprooted many trees. It’s a win for us as we collect interesting root wood for projects;
We saw a lot of evidence of migrants. Water bottles, backpacks, jackets, trash. Which could explain this building:
Well we had fun,saw lots of wildlife and managed to stay cool. However, nothing could be as cool as this sign.
Happy 4th of July to all.