Thursday, March 16, 2016
My location: Las Cienegas NCA near Sonoita, Arizona
It was nice to wake up to the singing of this bird this morning.
After our morning chores, Yuma and I decided to take a road trip to the artistic town of Patagonia. It is located about 25 miles Southwest of where I am located, so not a long drive.
We took off around 10:30. The Santa Rita Mountains are directly in front of us as we turn onto hwy 83 from the Las Cienegas NCA.
We headed down hwy 83 to Sonoita and made a right turn on hwy 82. It is twelve miles to Patagonia from Sonoita.
Metal sculptures on the hillside. Look realistic.
Wasn’t long before we were entering the town. I’m going to let the photos do the talking. I just wandered around town shooting photos as I went. Patagonia has a lively population and lots of color.
As I was leaving town, I saw the sign saying Harshaw 6 miles, I remembered Al, Kelly and Pheebs went there to meet Ivan last month. Thought I would go see the town as well. I had no idea there was no Harshaw anymore; just a sign and a cemetery. It was a beautiful drive up into the Coronado National Forest.
A lone cemetery on the hillside was all that is left of the population of Harshaw.
There was one lone adobe building standing near the townsite sign. There was a Private Property sign so I didn’t go back into the valley to investigate.
We returned back to our site around 2:30 and I was working on this post when Yuma and I heard a clutter going on outside. Scared the daylights out of both of us. Been here for five days and not a soul has passed by our rig, until now.
Horses and riders came trotting by. Yuma wanted to go see what was going on and I was trying to hold him and take photos at the same time.
Must have scared the lead rider, because he is no where to be seen in the next shot. Just a horse and a saddle. Hope the girls didn’t just leave him lying in the dirt.
Just as I was getting ready to publish my post, Yuma and I heard riders off in the distance and went outside to look. Found them riding off to the West. But, we also saw smoke ahead of them. The wind is coming out of the West, so hope I don’t have to move in a hurry later on.
See you later.