In the last episode of “RVSue and her canine crew,” the Perfect Tow Vehicle is revived by an “angel” and subsequently restored to health at an auto repair shop in Sierra Vista, Arizona. The story continues on the following day, Saturday, March 26.
The Perfect Tow Vehicle carries us to Patagonia!
A new starter is all she needed to be perfect again. The crew and I leave our camp at Las Cienegas National Conservation Area and motor southward to Sonoita. We travel Route 82 between the Santa Rita Mountains and the Canelo Hills to Patagonia.
“Patagonia was formerly a supply center for nearby mines and ranches. It is a tourist destination, retirement community and arts and crafts center.” — Wikipedia
Well, blah. That description, while true, places Patagonia in a plain box with no ribbons.
Think of Patagonia wrapped in brightly colored paper, loosely held together with curly, party ribbons! Happy Patagonia!
For a few laughs, follow this link to read “12 Unusual City Slogans on Welcome Signs.”
Oh, there’s a park!
“Won’t this be fun, guys? You’re gonna’ love this.”
We stroll on the grass under the big trees.
I ask if I can take a photo of his horse. The man says okay but he doesn’t want to be on the internet. Playing it safe, I don’t post a photo of his horse here.
We walk around, in and out of sunshine, and then board the PTV.
I park in front of Red Mountain Foods.
“You wait here. I’m going to find us some lunch.”
I find a chicken-with-vegetables-and-soy wrap in the cooler, $6.49.
I pick it up. Gee, this is one hefty sandwich.
A few minutes later the crew and I are at a picnic table, sitting in dappled shade, eating the sandwich. I guess the soy is in the mayo? Whatever. This is tasty and filling!
Even sharing the chicken with my canine gobblers, I can barely finish the sandwich. Well, that takes care of the main meal of the day!
I’m not in the mood for window-shopping. Plus the crew, exercised and fed, is ready to bed down in the PTV. We cruise the main streets once more.
Two “wagons” roll by the Wagon Wheel Saloon.
Cafes, gift shops, craft shops, galleries, and novelty stores . . . .
I pull up the camera, turn it on, press the zoom button, and click . . . in a second of time or less.
Later in editing I zero in on the coyote.
Do you see him? He’s well camouflaged.
Sunday, March 27
The grass of Las Cienegas National Conservation Area silently waves as the OHVs of our fellow campers roar by this morning. I sigh in relief to see them go elsewhere for their noisy recreation. The crew and I wander around our camp. I read and relax.
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“Hello!” a man calls out. “Hello! Police!”
It’s afternoon and the crew and I are inside the Best Little Trailer.
“Just a minute! I’ll be right out!” I respond.
Before stepping outside I grab a better-looking shirt to replace the ratty one I’m wearing. I let Bridget and Reg come out with me. Of course, they bark.
“Is anything wrong?” I immediately ask.
“Oh, no. I’m just checking on campers, making sure everyone is okay, see if anyone needs anything . . . . ”
He’s a friendly-looking chap in the crisp uniform of the Bureau of Land Management. His white truck has the “police enforcement” logo on the door.
We chat about the usual stuff — take care with campfires, remember the 14-day limit, and so forth. He records the license plate number of the BLT, and with an “enjoy your stay,” he’s on his way.
Monday, March 28
The weather forecasters say cold temperatures along with strong, gusty winds are coming. Even though I look forward to exploring Parker Lake Canyon, that’s something we will do the next time we camp in southeastern Arizona. I decide to hitch up and move camp. I do not want us to sit through another sandstorm.
One sandstorm this month is enough.
Next post: A camp in a birders’ paradise!
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