The Desert in January, it’s 70 degrees in paradise.
The Desert in January, it’s 70 degrees in paradise.
Horse country in rural Rio Verde, Arizona is where this cowboy and my good friend makes a living as a horse trainer and farrier. His many saddles from way back when are quite the sight to see, each with purpose, stories to tell, and all incredibly rich with history. Cattle drives, ranching, rodeo, competitions, and training in many parts of the West.
I’ve always admired those who find their God given place in life and actually live it. Often we are discouraged from following our heart. I must admit, I’d have 27 reasons for argument if my kid said “I’m going to be a cowboy instead of going to college!” There’s a lesson to be learned here, we all have a calling, what ever that is, don’t sell yourself short, it might just be who you really are.
From the mighty Colorado River to ancient ruins carved into canyon walls, and from California condors to kit foxes, explore the best of Grand Canyon National Park.
They say there’s nothing like an Arizona sunset… I’l let you be the judge of that.
I remember not understanding the term ‘purple mountains’ when I was a kid, well, here they are!
Monsoon not only brings a bit of relief from the wicked heat, but the prettiest skies ever. Then the sun comes back out and darn near bakes us alive!
Four months of 115+ degrees isn’t easy to take, but eight months of mild temperatures and endless sun definitely makes it worth it.
Are you looking for something unique? Maybe you’re a collector, a picker, or just fancy the hunt for that vintage or shabby chic piece to compliment your home decor. If so, you certainly have heard of the Brass Armadillo in Phoenix, Arizona. No? Well then you are in for quite an adventure! I love the thrill of finding antiques and collectables too and finally took the plunge into turning my hobby into a business at the Brass Armadillo. Here’s our booth with all our cool finds, it’s a mere glimpse of what you’ll see at the Brass, so go spend the afternoon and have some fun!
You may not by familiar how this works, so here’s the inside scoop. Many, if not most antique stores/malls have spaces of various sizes that are rented by dealers, or vendors. The Brass is no different, all the booths there are rented and run by individual folks who spend a great deal of time finding merchandise to stock their space. Some of us travel, some are local pickers, and other scour the internet looking for sought after antiques and collectables for you to enjoy.
It’s fun, but it’s hard work! Fortunately, my husband Dan and I work together in this adventure, he’s the muscle and I’m the eyes, teamwork!
Stop by and visit our booth, all the aisles are named after States, and the booths are numbered above and to the side. Our booth name is Country Chic at 158, Washington. We specialize in Country Furniture, Western Decor, Collectables, Fiestaware, Pyrex, Corningware, Glassware, Chicken inspired decor, and MORE!
An incredible location in Glendale, Arizona just off the Loop 101 and 59th Ave. Hard to believe there’s a gem like this in the Sonoran Desert among the Saguaro Cactus and desert terrain. A stunning oasis indeed, but is it affordable to the avarage Joe? Well… probably not.
Almost every lake front home has a boat dock to fish off and at Christmas there’s a light parade open to all who have a boat to participate in. Now this is what I call paradise!
Saguaro Lake is set in the Sonoran Desert and is rimmed with canyon walls. As the name implies, the shores of the lake are studded with majestic Saguaro cactus. Try the upper reaches of the lake (east-end) for more seclusion. Boat access camping at the east end of the lake. Tour-boat trips are available on the Desert Belle… Learn More
Stop at the Lakeshore Restaurant for a bite to eat, what a treat! Can’t beat the view. Reasonably priced and the food is very good.
A quaint downtown, ample local restaurants, shopping, and friendly merchants. But so many of the houses in town perhaps once considered charming, are slowly turning into run-down eye sores. The town itself is nice, fun to visit, but if your looking for real estate there, in-town looks better in the rear view mirror.
Mines, mines and more mines in the surrounding desert of Wickenburg. Kinda cool you might think… until you learn they are OPEN mines. Here’s a few picks I took of one, was able to walk right up to it, no fence. How far down does it go? Well let me put it this way, I couldn’t see the bottom, and I wasn’t getting any closer to the edge for fear I’d fall to China. Danger!
Wickenburg, Arizona, Visit Official Website
Horse friendly trails in the foothills, but a little tricky if your headed to the top of the mountain. Slick rocks and narrow trail.
Scarlet Canyon is a 3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. More
Geochaching? Yup, there’s caches up there and in the foothills!
One of my favorite semi-rural territories in Arizona. There’s not much of anything in Rio Verde… including water. But that doesn’t stop folks from living there. There are local companies in these parts that truck in water for it’s residents. It is considered a golf community, but to me it is horse country, where the wealthiest cowboys in these parts live.
Rio Verde is a master planned community, but take the back roads minutes from town, and you are in 4-wheel drive, dirt road, treacherous rugged territory. I’ve seen 90lb Mountain Lion, Bobcat, Coyote, Javelina, and of course… rattle snakes.
Rio Verde Untouched…
The misshapen arms on this giant and ancient Saguaro are the result of frostbite.
Watch where you step in Rio, Rattlers are VERY common residents!
Photos by: amy elizabeth
Black Mountain Feed Store, right in town on the main drag. Good old fashion feed & tack store packed full of cowboyin’ must haves.
Stuff, stuff and more stuff!
Downtown Cave Creek, food, and stores for tourists, all with authentic historic charm of the gold rush days.
Cool little village near the edge of town, or at least it could be. Since it was built not much going on, lots of potential, unfortunately a ton of vacant store fronts.
Tourists from all over the world are drawn to this stunning Red Rock Country.
Start with scenery that makes your heart leap. Sedona nestles among a geological wonderland. Multi-hued stone formations jut upwards from the high desert floor creating a vivid, mesmerizing setting that changes hourly with the light. When USA Weekend compiled their Most Beautiful Places in America list, Sedona claimed the top spot… Continue Reading on Sedon’a Official Visitors Guide
Downtown Sedona, AZ