Monday, December 28, 2015

MORNING DRIVE ON BUCKHORN ROAD IN THE WICKENBURG MOUNTAINS

DSC_0011A NICE MORNING’S DRIVE ON BUCKHORN ROAD

I knew if I didn’t get myself out the door early chances were I wouldn’t get myself out the door at all so with that thought in mind Pheebs & I were in the Jeep & off down the road before 9 a.m.

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HERE’S KELLY ON BOXING DAY SKYPING WITH HER DAUGHTER REBECCA & GRAND DAUGHTER ELLA

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Without all the small towns & endless miles of criss-crossing country roads like we have back home in Bayfield’s Huron County it’s always a challange for me to think of places to go.  My thinking carried us all the way to Wickenburg’s McDonald’s where we slipped through the drive-thru & picked up 1 burrito & 1 small coffee.  I had already pre-loaded a Blueberry muffin from home so we were good to go.  But go where??

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BUCKHORN ROAD WANDERS THROUGH THE WICKENBURG MOUNTAINSDSC_0040

Again it was out Constellation Road we went into the desert only this time instead of turning left on Blue Tank Road we stayed right on Constellation & kept on going until we came to a fork in the road.  We had been this way several times before with Jim & Bev leading the way in their Jeep.  Straight through Constellation Road went to the Williams Ranch & to the right it branched off onto Buckhorn Road. 

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THESE HILLS & MOUNTAINS ARE POCKED WITH OLD ABANDONED MINE SHAFTS

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We opted for Buckhorn Road & it wasn’t long & I thought I began recognizing a few things along the way.  This might have been one of the roads we convoyed with Jim & Bev a couple years ago but problem was my memory banks would not return the information as to where the road actually went.  We did follow it for maybe 6 or 7 miles before deciding on turning back.  I really must spend more time on Google Earth researching where these desert roads lead to then try to imprint that info into my mind.  Well good luck with that AL.

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THE DESERT HAS IT’S WAYS…JIM & BEV, THIS IS THE EXACT SPOT WHERE WE ALL STOPPED TO EAT OUR LUNCH ON THE WAY TO CASTLE HOT SPRINGS WHEN PETER & LESLIE WERE WITH US 2 YEARS AGO…..HERE IS THAT DAY GUYS

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RATHER THAN CARRYING ON ANY FURTHER ALONG BUCKHORN IT WAS AT THIS POINT WE TURNED AROUNDDSC_0033

FROM A HIGH VANTAGE POINT I SPOTTED THESE FELLAS ON AN ATV COMING UP THE ROAD

Again today we just poked along enjoying Arizona’s endless scenery rolling by.  So many hills & dales, so many mountains & canyons.  Had ourselves half a dozen leg stretches along the way & it was a good thing I was dressed warm.  Air was really cold but at least no wind to make that air even colder.  Pheebs likes her window down so she can stick her snout out & partake of the fine mountain air.  I like to have the Jeep’s heater on to keep myself toasty.

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HARQUAHALA MOUNTAIN IS ON THE DISTANT HORIZON IN THESE 3 PHOTOS

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After turning around on Buckhorn Road & heading back towards Wickenburg I debated with myself whether to head into Wickenburg for a Whopper or turn off onto Blue Tank Road & take the slow track back to Congress.  Deciding to save myself some money I opted for the latter so hung a right onto Blue Tank following that to Rincon Road where we again turned right following Rincom to Scenic Loop road.  A left onto Scenic led us west to highway 93 where a right turn soon swung us around the Big Spurs round-a-bout.  Half a minute later we exited 93 angling off to the right & Congress Arizona.  Half a dozen minutes later we were home & that pretty much wrapped up the day.

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WICKENBURG LIES OUT THERE ON THE VALLEY FLOOR TO THE RIGHT

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HARQUAHALA MOUNTAIN ON THE HORIZON WITH WICKENBURG IN THE FOREGROUND

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WICKENBURG’S AIRPOT RUNWAY

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SEE THE 2 TINY WHITE DOTS IN THE CENTER OF THE PHOTO….THOSE ARE THE 2 BIG WATER TANKS A BLOCK FROM OUR HOUSE & I FIGURE THEY ARE ABOUT 20 MILES AWAY FROM WHERE I AM

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THAT LINE OF WHITE DOTS UPPER RIGHT IS THE ESCAPEE CLUB’S NORTH RANCH   

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In part, a question from Jeff in our Shout Box asks, “Can you tell us exactly the tools you use to host, create and publish your blog for those of us who are thinking about starting our own”. ----- The program I use to host my blog is called Blogger & here’s the link to help you get started, BLOGGER....Getting Started  I would say Blogger is probably the most widely used by Bloggers I know.  It was Blogger I used to set up my template & configure my blog the way I wanted it. (colors, font size, etc)  You can write posts in Blogger as well as insert photos but many of us chose to use a program called Open Live Writer to compose our words & photos within Blogger.   WordPress is another favorite blogging format with many folks as well.  I’ve never tried WordPress & have always used Blogger & Open Live Writer combined & for the most part they have worked well together for me these past 6 or 7 years.DSC_0051

VULTURE PEAK ON THE HORIZON

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IT’S A WILD UNTAMED COUNTRY OUT HERE & THAT’S WHY I LIKE IT SO MUCH

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Sure wish it would warm up a bit down here in Arizona.  Not hot, just warm.  Compared to last winter’s nice temperatures it’s kinda like spending part of each day in a refrigerator here.  Water still freezes up in the bird bath each night & by 4 in the afternoon we’re adding layers of clothing.  I’m not complaining, just wishing it would warm up that’s all…………… 

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VULTURE PEAK RISES OUT OF THE SONORAN DESERT MIST

GROANER’S CORNER:(( Doctor Ryan tells his patient, Muriel, 'Well I have good news and bad news...'Muriel responds, 'Tell me Doc. What's the bad news?' You have Alzheimer's disease.' 'Good heavens!' exclaims Muriel, ' So, what's the good news?' 'You can go home and forget about it.' Says Dr Ryan.

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Betty is aged 94 and she is angry and so she 'phones the newspaper office in Manchester, loudly demanding to know where her Sunday edition was.  'Ma'am,' said the employee, 'today is Saturday. The Sunday paper is not delivered until Sunday.'  There was a long pause on the other end of the phone, followed by a ray of recognition from Betty. 'I'll bet that's why no one was in church today too.'

8 comments:

  1. Here you go again..conjuring up great memories! The day with you, Kelly, Peter and Leslie was such a wonderful day. Peter and Kelly were such good troopers about being "pretzeled." Think that cow ate too many chollas! A rancher told Jim that chollas get stuck in the throats of cows and they use broom handles to shove them down to the stomachs so the cows can digest them. You can decide if this a true story.

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  2. Well it's a lot warmer down there now than it is here! The kind of evening when you'd be glad not to be here! Ice pellets and freezing rain.

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  3. As I sit here in KC its about 24 degrees and we have 4 inches of new snow on top of a day's frozen rain. I wanted to leave this afternoon but instinctively knew to stay put.. So maybe its sunny and somewhat warm there and that will do just fine.... well for me anyway..

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  4. Another fun drive in the desert. too bad its so chilly there, but still better than cold and snow. its a bit warmer here at Pilot Knob.

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  5. Yes, our warm wave has come to an end. The ground is white and I'm sure crunchy after the icy wind storm we had last night. We are spoiled now and I dread having to bundle up in scarves and boots when we go out. We'd also trade you right now for the 'somewhat warm' you are experiencing!

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  6. Great drive and scenery. I use DeLorme atlases and draw highlighter lines where I've been. They show just about every back road known to man. I'm with you on the warming up part.

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