Corny Shenanigans

I was determined to do something out of the scorching AZ sun this weekend so we planned to go to the Sweet Corn Festival at Apple Annie’s in a much cooler Wilcox, AZ.  My expectations are high.

Unicorn

We set out early stopping a the convenience store near our house.  G stayed in the car.  I returned a few minutes later and the man from the car next door  just stared  waving  as if we were old friends saying goodbye.

I wonder out loud what that was about, to which G says “He is admiring an awesome couple who are going  to get CORN!

image

image.jpeg

Soon we are at Apple Annie’s eating a butter dripping ear of  sweet roasted corn and buying a “baker’s dozen” for $5.00.

image.jpeg

 

I am not sure why we bought so much. I guess we just got caught up in the spirit of the festival.

image

On to the Orchard for  lunch and pick a few peaches.

image.jpeg

They serve   burgers and homemade pinto beans and we  had a lovely picnic among the peach orchard. Bonus- you  a wooden  coin to take to the bakery which gets you a piece of homemade pie.  WARM PEACH PIE. (I am making yummy noises with slits for eyes.  I could be crying it tastes so good. )

image

The farm is not far from the highway but along the way lie a few abandoned buildings that the desert is trying to take back.

image.jpeg

imageimage

I am sure we are going to get snake bit because we had recently seen this sign obviously put there by the Rattlesnakes;

image
Respect their privacy people!

Time to get back on the road. We soon notice the  Amerind Museum  just off Dragoon road  and swing in.

The collection of pottery and artifacts are amazing and complete but the real treat was the building itself. Once it was a residence and has beautiful woodwork, Thick adobe walls,arched windows and many southwestern features.  We were not allowed to take pictures and I am not sure it is worth the $10 fee  as it didn’t take long to see the collection.   However, there is a picnic area behind the museum  that is well taken care of up against our favorite Dragoon Mountains with majestic rock formations.

imageimage

You know me and rocks.

image
This is actually a cave.

By now we are thirsty and remember a Saloon we passed along the way.  What a find!  Triangle T Guest Ranch is amazing!

image

What a  wonderful discovery here in Southern Arizona!  We will be frequenting the RV spaces or even for a fun destination to ride the Harley and stay in one of the casitas!  I see a party in my future…

image.jpeg

The Saloon is refreshingly cool as you walk through the swinging doors and stride up to a bar that wraps around a GIANT ROCK! (I have always dreamed of having a giant rock indoors).

image.jpeg

image

Hope, the bartender, entertained us with stories of the property and discussed the  unique art on the wall. She even performed a little magic trick/puzzle  with a couple of horseshoes on a chain. We enjoyed Hope’s antics and she’s part of the reason we will revisit.

image

After a few cold beers  it was time to go. Full of Hope’s stories, thoughts of   Apple Annie’s farms and the history of the  old west we climbed back in the air conditioned car. Off we went with PIE in our tummies, cool beer on our lips, and a trunk full of peaches and corn.

image

A very  good  Southern Arizona Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

.

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

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:

image
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.

image

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

Soon we were in beautiful downtown Arivaca:

image
Cute!
image
She dances with the wind!!

image

image
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.

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

We even managed to find these white flowers;

imageimage

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;

image
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:

image
Painted on the side wall.
image
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.

image.jpeg

Happy 4th of July to all.

I really like rocks~It’s a problem

image

I am hugging this rock because I love it.  I didn’t want to leave it and really studied how to get it out. Even though it is a basalt rock and has been in that location for millennium, I am sure it wanted to come home with me.   It is a lot heavier than it looks. I will have to resign to  a visit now and then. Each place we go I assign a memory to a rock and bring it home. Sometimes it’s just a tiny pebble I slip in my pocket (like the time my daughter swam in the freezing cold tide pool at pebble beach). Sometimes it’s a big one (Like the time  I told G “Never-mind, you can’t lift that one”…so it’s in our front yard now).  My rock memories are everywhere.   I need them like Tootles needs his marbles.

image      imageG thinks it’s funny to hide random rocks, marbles, weird statues, or anything he finds in the yard somewhere on a shelf   for me to discover.  It’s become a such a thing that even some of our friends have joined in.  While standing in the kitchen after some house guests  had left, we found a jade skull among the random rock/marble/statue collection.   Another time it was an iron peace sign.  He is quite proud of this tradition he started.   Some of our best days have been hunting for unusual rocks or panning for gold.   Of course it is  fine when we are on the road but this  time we are flying.   We are taking an extra  checked bag  that is  filled with gifts and goodies to leave there.  Some see an empty bag, I see opportunity.   We can check up to 50 pounds. Not sure how Customs would look at the situation.   Hmmm ….. “But Mr. Customs officer sir, they are MEMORY ROCKS! They’re IMPORTANT!” One does not go around taking pennies/wishes out of wishing wells either right?  It’s logic, I think they would understand. The Tucson Gem and Mineral Society

Saguaro Love

imageEvery May the forests of saguaro cactus bloom and hold their bouquets to the sky.image.jpegIt’s my favorite time of year.

The flowers turn into red fruits later. A brave bird has made a home in the cradle of arms.imageSome birds peck holes in the body of the Saguaro and stuff them with nests  for their birdie families. The holes leave scars and  when a saguaro dies the scar remains kind of like a leather boot.  Ambitious birds made the condos below. Which I turn into what I THINK is art.

The inside of the Saguaro is full of fiber, water and has ribs.   Below is a picture of  a dried Saguaro  that fell in the yard. Most of the fiber is scraped away leaving just ribs.

imageHard to believe there are ribs inside these thorny giants. image

Tohono O’Odham people have lived in the desert for centuries and make wine from the red fruit. NATURALLY I had to try it.(They had me at WINE).   image

While  cooking the “recipe” I  noticed it smelled like potatoes. So I put in more sugar.  That might have been a mistake and I think I waited too long for it to ferment because it was WAY too strong. It did taste suspiciously like Vodka. Well if Vodka was 100 proof and tried to kill you. Poured it out just in case, didn’t want to set anyone on fire from the inside.                                                    (I’m kind of a hero like that. You’re Welcome ). image.jpegSo here is the Saguaro  fruit rinds displayed in the Tohono O’Odham tradition to bring the Monsoon rains to the desert. Like magic it rained the next day.  There just might be something to these old traditions.

This is Tucson!

Shenanigans; The Beginning

I started desert and  accidentally meandered my way through fifty plus years.  I say accidentally because not much of it was planned. This is a place where I can share my love of this desert I call home, nature, travels, family and a few shenanigans along the way.  I’m glad you stopped by and welcome.

cactus