Desert Monsoon Sky and Mountains

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.

 

Country Chic at the Brass Armadillo, Antiques and Collectables

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!

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Arrowhead Lake, Glendale, Arizona

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!

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Saguaro Lake

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logoSaguaro 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.

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Wickenburg, Arizona

Image result for wickenburg azA 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!

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Scarlet Canyon, North Phoenix

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Horse friendly trails in the foothills, but a little tricky if your headed to the top of the mountain. Slick rocks and narrow trail.

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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!

 

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Rio Verde, Arizona

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.

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Watch where you step in Rio, Rattlers are VERY common residents!

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Photos by local resident: Laura D. & amy elizabeth

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Phoenix, Arizona in Bloom

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Cave Creek, Arizona

Black Mountain Feed Store, right in town on the main drag.  Good old fashion feed & tack store packed full of cowboyin’ must haves.

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Stuff, stuff and more stuff!

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Downtown Cave Creek, food, and stores for tourists, all with authentic historic charm of the gold rush days.

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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.

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Rawhide! The Old West Recreated

This photo was taken when it was still in Scottsdale, the logo below will provide you with current location and website.
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Sedona, Arizona

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
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Hiking the Grand Canyon

Husband Dan hikes to the bottom of the Grand Canyon

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Welcome to the Valley of the Sun

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Welcome to my homeland, Phoenix, Arizona. Also known as Valley of the Sun, where temperatures across the Sonoran Desert soar to 115+ degrees from June through Sept.
It seldom rains, never snows, has wicked dust storms, and our monsoon season brings devastating weather worthy of national news at least twice a year. In other words, it sucks here about four months of the year, but the other eight are PARADISE!

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We own a small hobby farm is in the foothills of a 500 acre mountain range within the city limits. We’re hangin’ on to our piece of country as the city creeps in a little closer every year. In 2015 the last substantial acreage left in my neighborhood was directly across the street from our farm.  One year later, our desert view was replaced with 42 single family homes.
The wildlife moved to the mountain range behind our property. So no matter how close the city is from the front door, the back door will always lead to our little piece of country.

 

 

 

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