Day Trippn’ Arivaca

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:

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WE WILL NOT REFUND ANY FOOD THAT HAS BEEN EATEN!

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.

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It seems the goats wanted a Fourth of July getaway also. Probably. So many goats.

Soon we were in beautiful downtown Arivaca:

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Cute!
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She dances with the wind!!

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4th Street? Never found 1st, 2nd or 3rd. I think they just started with 4th.

On to the shaded Buenos Aires Preserve just to the southwest of town.  Lots of shade, beautiful breeze and wildlife.

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Not sure if these are edible. Pretty though.
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No water remains after the rain. It’s OK it makes it easy to collect things the water washed up.
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There is a very camera shy red bird here. Trust me he is!

We even managed to find these white flowers;

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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;

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This tree fell all the way across the river. Check out how tall the root ball is! G is holding my new favorite piece of wood pulled from the bowels of the roots.

We saw a lot of evidence of migrants.  Water bottles, backpacks, jackets, trash.  Which could explain this building:

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Painted on the side wall.
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Sign says Border Patrol can’t enter without a warrant. Interesting place!

Well we had fun,saw lots of wildlife and managed to stay cool.  However, nothing could be as cool as this sign.

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Happy 4th of July to all.

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