Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Deer, no, rabbits (not all that wild), squirrels, no, chipmunks, no, but SNAKES, now that's wild! Paige is now here officially under duress. This specimen (21" long) was found on the patio about 8:30PM and was just passing by.
I was SO much happier thinking the snakes all stayed asleeep til I left Arizona each year... no matter what time of year that might be. I am officially freaked out!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bisbee AZ Road Trip

The three amigos made a two day road trip to the deep south of Arizona via Globe, Bylas, Safford, Wilcox and Pirtleville. There was good food in Wilcox at Big Tex BBQ. We stayed overnight in the old town of Bisbee, which was at one time the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco. The Bisbee Grill provided another excellent meal after refreshments in our hotels (Copper Queen) Saloon. Our weather was perfect and the spring rains have brought out the desert flowers everywhere. From Bisbee we traveled through Tombstone, Sierra Vista, Patagonia, Rio Rico, Green Valley, Tucson and Florence. We again found good food in Patagonia at Mercede's Mexican Restaurant.

From the Copper Queen's third floor balcony.

Surprised Scott and Jerry with this shot!

The old mine.

On street parking, did I mention the hotel has no guest parking.

Ample parking in Tombstone. I missed the memo on Black and red shirts so I couldn't be in the shot.

It seems Arizona Public Service (APS) (thanks Bob) had pulled the plug on Tombstone as there was no electrical power, no cooking, cash registers etc. Makes for a slow day. I wonder if ASP knows these people have guns and have in the past used them to to resolve issued of the public good.

Snow capped mountains to the southwest of town.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Back to Prescott

Rode to Prescott AZ via Wickenburg and Mayer. Weather was perfect and there were 12 miles of road illustrated to the left that made the whole 340 miles. Sometimes the least little thing can set everything just right.

Friday, March 12, 2010

First Arizona Spring National Good Guys Car Show

On the up side it was a beautiful day. There were hundreds of cars, trucks and vendors. The swap meet area contained many items and complete cars; several of the cars were forsale at the fall Good Guys. After two or three hours it all becomes a blur of paint and chrome. On the down side parking cost $5, admission $18 and lunch $15 (vendor burger, fries and water).

Johnny Cash had nothing on this one. No two parts of this one came from the same car.

Monday, March 8, 2010

From time to Time

When the weather give you raindrops, sometimes the sun finishes the day with a real feast for the eyes.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Mesa Bike Night

Ventured out last evening with a few biker friends from the park to hung out on Main St in Mesa.

There were 4 or 5 blocks blocked off with bikes parked along the curbs and the center dividers.

Live music in the center of each block staggered sides so there was little or no overlap.

The newest sculpture on Main St can be seen just to the left of the green light.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Weeks Recap

Tuesday (3/2/10) rode 300 miles for lunch and pie. There was snow along the road sides between Camp Verde and Payson; it was cold. Lunch in New River was good; pie in Payson was very good.

Wednesday celebrated a birthday, thank you to all those who wished me well.

Thursday returned to Flatiron for more pictures and to prove to myself the previous trip was not a fluke. Got to explore the top this trip. The Siphon Draw waterfall was flowing (a little) water. A good week so far.