Parking it in Patagonia, Arizona

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!

P1100254Welcome signs reveal a lot about a town.

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.

P1100253A man on a gray-brown horse rides through the park.

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.”

P1100260 Red Mountain Foods carries fresh organic produce, along with organic dairy, meats, fish, nuts, a wide selection of grains, etc.

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!

P1100264Several tourists roam the streets on this Saturday noon.

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.

P1100258A “heavy metal” musician sits on a bench in front of the performing arts building.

P1100263And yellow irises proclaim the arrival of another spring!

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Cafes, gift shops, craft shops, galleries, and novelty stores . . . .

P1100270Bridget and Reggie doze as I point the PTV toward home.

P1100272Not far from the town limits, two coyotes dash across the road!

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

P1100277Easter sunrise — Cieneguita Dispersed Camping Area, Las Cienegas

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.

~ ~ ~

“Hello!” a man calls out.  “Hello! Police!”

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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121 Responses to Parking it in Patagonia, Arizona

  1. Dawn in NC says:

    First?

  2. John Mcdonald says:

    Close to first

  3. eliza says:

    almost first!

  4. Cynthia in San Clemente says:

    Close to first – gotta go. Be back to read later!!

  5. Colleen from Alabama says:

    Another good post. Always enjoy the pics.

  6. Lynn Brooks says:

    Hi Sue!
    Patagonia looks fantastic!!! What a really neat place!! Thanks for sharing!!
    Lynn B. (Baltimore, MD)

  7. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    Well I am closer to the top than ever before. Love the pictures and the coyote. If not for the black on his head and ears I would of had alot harder time finding him. Seems you had a wonderful weekend. Can not wait to see where we are next.

  8. Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

    close but no cigar………..now to go back and read another great report
    from Miss Sue….
    chuck

  9. We are up here at Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area. It’s been cold, windy and rainy for the last 2 days. Tomorrow is supposed to be much better. We will them move to a boondock site outside Zion NP. After that moving east to SE Utah.

    Next year we want to spend some time in SE Az, it looks nice. Thanks for the pics.

    John

  10. Hi Sue, a birder’s paradise, I cannot wait….hurry, hurry, hurry…I am in need of some good bird watching stories…been staying home too much lately…and looks like there is no relief in site. Got lots to do and all my weekends are booked up, cannot seem to get away in the trailer until June…ugh! BUT going to Portland for my brothers wedding in May and from there to Silverton Oregon to my BFF’s farm/ranch. Yippee! I hope you found a safe place to ride out the wind that has been bothering us here in Calif..and of course the storms that have passed through very fast yesterday…have a good week Sue, can’t wait to see where you are now! Hugs to the pups.

    • I guess I should clarify, although I have a class A we are getting ready to live in, I have a little trailer that we take to places our big rig won’t fit, and that is what we do most of the summer, those places in the mountains and streams…

      • DesertGinger says:

        So your trailer has a trailer? How will it travel with you? Or are you going to sell it, and if so…how much?

      • Pamela K. says:

        Hi Shirlene 🙂
        Always nice to see you there. Sounds like you have a well rounded May to look forward to before your June get-a-way outings. If I remember correctly, you have both a Class A Motor-home and a Pop-Up Travel Trailer — the later used mainly for great fishing and mountain stays. I love the idea of two places to stay with wheels. We have both the 31 ft Gulfstream and the 19 ft Airstream — love the little one for a fun get-together, like a tiny cabin on wheels, always fun. It’s always a clear choice for a quick change of pace. So, have you got to go fishing yet this year? I have not. Hope to next weekend after taxes — that’s my weekend this weekend *sigh*. Oh well, then it is done and on to more fun things, right?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sounds like you’re having an interesting life, Shirlene. Lots of fun ahead for you. How nice that you have a bitty trailer for summer get-aways.

      Wishing you a good week, too!

  11. Applegirl NY says:

    Glad you decided not to hang around for another sand storm. Your next camp looks wonderful, and I have no idea where it is, but then again, I never know.

    Beautiful, sunny and breezy here in Upstate NY. Daffodils in bloom in my garden (at least the ones that are sheltered near the house are in bloom).

    While taking my two critters for a walk through the fields this morning, one of them was moving very slowly and didn’t seem to want to be there. He’s been having trouble moving around the last couple of days. I’m guessing he’s got another round of Lyme’s disease. Honestly, I treat them with that squirty stuff, the vet gives them doses of antibiotics (way more than anyone in my family has ever been on) and it solves the problem temporarily but it’s never permanent. They seem to keep getting this horrible disease, or maybe they never really get rid of it. It makes me sad to see it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      Daffodils… love ’em. In Georgia they’re called jonquils.

      Lyme disease… poor pups! Is it prevalent in canines in the Northeast? It must be very frustrating for you. Your dogs have a wonderful life, running through fields. It wouldn’t be right to take that away from them.

      It’s like Bridget and her weight. I could restrict her food to keep her weight down, but, darn, she LOVES to eat. I don’t want to remove what makes her happy. I’m sure you understand what I mean. I share your sad feeling.

      • Applegirl NY says:

        Yes, unfortunately it is prevalent. My boys have a couple of extra pounds on them too. They are so spoiled!

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Applegirl,

          NY is apparently ground zero for ticks…and they are already out trying to cling on to the fur kids. Our Vets used to use the Merial Lyme vaccine. They have switched to the Zoetis crLyme Vaccine that is supposedly more efficient in attacking the problem.

          Annie Oakley had her distemper shots yesterday and is due for Lyme but we don’t “stack” her shots…too hard on their system. Was advised of the new vaccine…which is a shot and a booster. The vet said we could booster the previous Lyme shot…but it wouldn’t be as effective.

          Ask your vet…which syrum s/he administers…it may bring some relief to your fur kids.

          Lyme disease is up here (ADK) for humans also…that is no joke! Take precautions!

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            We also use FrontlinePlus every 21 days. The topical only works after the tick embeds itself…but it is within the time frame it takes for the tick to infect the host.

            We brush AO every night and conduct what we call tick patrol. Keeping her out of the foliage is sometimes difficult living in the woods where the deer walk right up to the house..but so far she hasn’t brought any critters inside the house.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I remember doing “tick patrol.” I called it “tick check.”

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Luckily Bridgee and Reg man have short coats.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Tick check was when Spike and Bridget were in GA. No ticks since we came west. Reggie has never had a tick!

            • Applegirl NY says:

              Thanks, Cinandules. I wasn’t aware of the vaccine. Seems like they just treat with antibiotics but no prevention. Frontline is only good up to a point, apparently.

          • Pat (Freespirit)-in Texas says:

            Maybe everyone knows this, but I found out that if you paint the ticks with nail polish they will die and drop off on their own.

            • Velda in Roseville CA says:

              According to the CDC Do Not Rely on remedies such as nail polish for ticks as they do not die fast enough to prevent them giving you Lyme Disease! Easy to find on google.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              How is Mel doing?

            • Velda in Roseville CA says:

              He is ok. Somethings better, others a challenge. He still eats a puréed diet, due to throat dysfunction from surgery and radiation. He was referred to a prosthodontist who will attempt to make a plate with teeth to fill in where missing, the problem being there is no bone for it to grip on the left side upper jaw so it has to hang from brackets on remaining teeth and pray those don’t get damaged. The big issue for me right now is I’m seeing him go into sleep apnea and trying to get someone to order a sleep study to fix the problem. Overall we are still playing catchup around the house and looking forward to our 40 th anniversary on the 10 th! Would love to go out to celebrate but with puréed food, that’s kind of a no go. Thanks for asking.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Happy 40th anniversary! In case I forget on the 10th. I have no doubt that you will find a solution with his sleep apnea.

            • Applegirl NY says:

              The wood ticks are large, but the deer ticks, which are tiny would be almost impossible to find on my two black and white long haired dogs. Such a problem!

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              If your pooches are low to the ground…I would spray them. The vets or maybe Amazon carry Vetri Repel. Spray their underside so the critters won’t jump on them. (We use it to keep the noseeums off of the feral’s ears.) Then brush them…to make sure before they get into your car or house.

              We have great results with FrontlinePlus…as long as we use it every 21 days. The vets want to sell us a preventative that is taken orally! NTYVM! Bad enough we give her Heartgard! Best wishes.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              PS- I just looked it up and Amazon does sell it…cheaper than the vets.

            • Applegirl NY says:

              Thanks. I’ll check it out.

  12. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    I always look forward to another posting and sit watching like a hawk, then I leave for a meeting and BAM! So I guessed I missed being in the top ranks here. Great post, as always. Police! That would’ve startled me too. Thank goodness he didn’t tell you of a prison breakout and a criminal on the loose – Wiley Coyote!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Renee. I’m glad you liked the post.

      Yeah, hearing someone call out, “Police!” brings out my inner guilt. 🙂 It’s like checkpoints on the highway. I don’t have any drugs or illegal immigrants, yet I’m always a tad nervous. I’ll be asked the usual question, “Are you a citizen of the U.S?” and I’ll flub it up. Haha!

  13. My guess for your next site is Whitewater Draw…???

  14. casitagirl says:

    Wow Sue, looks like you’re having a good time. Thanks for the positive police story.

    My husband and I were chatting away a few days ago while we were driving down a nearby street. He wasn’t being attentive to his speed passed a police car going 6 over the limit. The officer turned on his lights and stopped us and acted really put out that we didn’t notice him and slow down. Oops! We were deep in discussion and should have been paying closer attention. We knew were wrong for speeding, admitted it and apologized profusely. I was a bit surprised at all the anger he directed at us and wondered if he was having a bad day. No ticket this time, thankfully. It’s got to be tough to be a policeman these days….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, casitagirl,

      I agree with you about police officers having it tough these days. I’m amazed that there are so many willing to go into that line of work. You are good to understand the anger may be a result of his being human.

      As for rangers, I’ve met a few who would very much like to give up the enforcement part of the job.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Hah…you drove past a patrol car or passed a patrol car. Rule numbah one….you never pass a patrol car!

      Having been in LE we don’t have “bad” days per se….as our day chooses us.

      Maybe it was a “zero tolerance” mandatory stop with a warning as the disposition. Which is a PITA…but we don’t make the dept policy, only enforce them. Or perhaps the prior call he just cleared…was something John Q Citizen wouldn’t even imagine.

      Irregardless he shouldn’t have come off as angry. A reprimand and no ticket is okay. A reprimand AND a ticket is a no-no….at least where I’m from.

      Just a little insight…

  15. Not so long ago we had City Police, County Police, State Police and the F.B.I. Then the National Park rangers wanted to be police so now they are. Pretty soon there was a tsunami of cops; every agency needed law enforcement officers. State Parks, BLM, NFS, on and on. More cops than ever…..

    Yet, for some reason, no one can get a handle on the increasing numbers of people in cars who run stop signs and go 50mph in a school zone….

    It’s a mystery that only a detective can solve.

    Oh, wait…..

    WDR

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, WDR,

      More cops than ever and yet I would guess there are fewer proportionally to the number of people who need policing (a rapidly increasing demographic!). Law enforcement can’t keep up with it all.

      That ranger told me there were homesteaders at one of the campsites. They took off after staying beyond the limit and left trash all over.

      I imagine it can be pretty crummy to be doing your job and have people b*#ch and complain in your face. Too many folks don’t accept responsibility for their own behavior.

      Evidence of that can be heard in the way people apologize these days. Rarely does one hear, “I’m sorry. I was wrong. I shouldn’t have said that.” Instead one hears “I’m sorry IF I offended you.” To me, when an apology has an IF in it, it ain’t no apology. 🙂

  16. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    Patagonia is a lovely little place. I know what you mean about windstorms! We had a big one in both Quartzsite AND Ajo. Enough, already!

    You got a great pic of the coyote–he’s fast but you’re faster.

    Spring is bursting out all over here on the island. We even had a lovely deer walk through the yard this morning. She was completely oblivious to Ari’s spirited barking. I wonder if she’ll bring a fawn for a visit one of these days soon?

    Safe & happy travels to you & the Crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Dawn,

      This is the first time I’ve been told I’m faster than a coyote! 🙂

      I bet it’s beautiful on your island, especially at this time of year. What a treat for a doe to grace your yard. Let us know if she returns with a baby.

  17. edlfrey says:

    Your ‘birder’s paradise’ teaser trailer is just the right hook for my comment today.

    Most serious birders compile a Life List. It’s a list of all the bird species they’ve identified with absolute certainty during their whole lifetime of serious birding. I keep a similar List of ‘bloggers’ met of seen.

    I added Sue to that list on Monday when I saw her as I was turning into my RV Park. I had to wait for her to pass in the PTV and BLT on their eastward route to excape the winds. Now I did not actually ‘see’ Sue but when adding to a Life List, the key characteristic to remember is that it is your list, and you are entitled to record sightings in any way you want.

    In this case the sighting was made while the ‘bird’ was migrating which counts for a LOT. I have had many chances to add her to the list over the past 4-5 years but have refrained from ‘scaring her of her nest’. In fact I think I know where she is nesting in that ‘birder’s paradise’ but will remain mute until she posts the location.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Haha! I saw your rig, too, when we went by on our way to the repair shop in Sierra Vista. It was easy to spot. I didn’t even have to slow down. Why is it easy? It has the best paint job in the entire park! Wow! Pretty snazzy, Ed, love the colors, and all waxed up shiny. . . .

      Thank you for not scaring off this old bird, although you’ve had plenty of opportunity. And thanks for not revealing our nest. . . 🙂

  18. eliza says:

    I’m enjoying following along and learning all the variables of deciding when to break camp and how to find the next one. And also its fun to think about getting my next dog….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Imagine how much fun it will be when you pick out your next dog and bring him/her home.

      Yes, there are a lot of reasons to move camp. Weather is a biggie. I like sharing these decisions with you, eliza.

  19. judy in east texas says:

    Hi Sue and the Crew. Patagonia looks like a fun place. Just wishing I was out there following in your path! It’s coming I know that it is. Your next stop looks dreamy as well, can’t wait to find out were it is!

    Stay safe out there and rock on, judy

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Judy…. I like the determination in your statement .. “I know it is.” And won’t it be exciting! 🙂

  20. Elaine in Colorado says:

    Wonderful pictures! What a great place! As always I love seeing Bridget and Reggie!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elaine! I’ll count you as one of Bridget’s and Reggie’s devoted fans. 🙂

      Thanks re the pics.

  21. AZ Jim says:

    Patagonia brings back memories of my ill fated trip there when I “lost” my wallet there. You may remember after one sleepless night there I found it near my car at the lodge we were staying at. Ruined the experience for us. I wish things had gone differently as it has many treasures there to see. I’m glad you guys had fun. Did you have a nice little break from bloggin’? Missed ya…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, that’s too bad . . . We’ve all had experiences like that. I lost the lanyard with the keys to the BLT’s door and hitch lock. I have a duplicate for the BLT’s door, but not for the hitch lock. (Previously I tried having a duplicate made at a hardware store — Although they had a gazillion masters, they couldn’t find one that would make my hitch lock’s key.) I had visions of sawing the hitch lock off. What a pain. As soon as I stopped thinking about it, I came across the lanyard with the keys.

      Yes, I did enjoy the break from blogging, thank you. Although I admit that it doesn’t take long before I feel guilty for not posting. And, of course, when the comments go dead, I miss you, too!

  22. BeckyIO says:

    I love towns like Patagonia, looks like a real nice place for a day trip! Also glad to hear you left before the sand storm, I rode it out in the middle of a dry lake bed, horrible place for blowing dust, haha. Oh well, the Casita will get clean again. 🙂

    Safe travels and happy trails Sue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Live and learn, right? Safe travels and happy trails to you, too, Becky. Nice hearing from you!

  23. weather says:

    How nice that you got to visit Patagonia after all. I love seeing the crew, and really like the heavy metal musician, it’s cool for it’s own sake and looks as if it will stand up to the elements-the way nature’s art in a desert does. My what a lovely Easter sunrise you had. I’m glad to hear both the noise from toys and officer that checked with you left quickly so your holiday could be pleasantly spent.My guess is that you’re at Cochise Stronghold.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Cochise Stronghold? 🙂

      The heavy metal musician sits on a bench at Patagonia’s performing arts center. A sign out front says it’s the future home of the Bendley Opera House. I thought that pretty remarkable for a town with a population around 1,000.

      I hope your Easter weekend was lovely, too.

  24. Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

    I vote Pacheta Lake, AZ.

  25. Marco says:

    I will guess Sierra Vista

  26. Well Sue and your great crew just might be at Mitty Lake, North of Yuma, am I close to guessing where your at,,,, Nice photos of the town,,,,,, have a great stay where ever your at,,,,,,,,

  27. Monica-CA says:

    Roper Lake? Sure is pretty! I enjoyed the tour of Patagonia.

  28. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Patagonia looks like an endearing place to visit and I enjoyed the photos. The new camp looks really pretty, but I have no idea where it could be, since I have only been to Arizona once for a business trip and was pretty much stuck with the boss in Phoenix.

    When I opened the blog there were 33 comments, then I read and looked at purchases and now I’m all the way down to 55.

    Hugs and pets to the crew. Have to take Angel on a walk.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara!

      Hugs and pets to Angel. I’m pleased you enjoyed the photos of Patagonia.

  29. Linda Hughes- North Carolina says:

    Love the trip around town! Very interesting blog! One of my favorite things to do is visit small towns wherever we go, thanks for sharing. Have a blessed weekend coming up, be safe.

  30. Dawn in NC says:

    Thanks for the update Sue! It’s a treat to read (and great fun to be number 1;-) My mourning dove abandoned her nest. On the good side, there were no abandoned eggs in it! I was so hoping to watch them hatch and grow. I hope that you had an excellent Easter and had a nice break from blogging.

  31. Pat (Freespirit)-in Texas says:

    Loved the looks of Patagonia..but then I’m pretty much lovin’ anything that is “on the road”, so to speak. I so enjoy all your pics. You are an amazing photographer! Just to let you know “my time” is getting closer. The house and property have sold, am getting ready for estate sale, and as soon as I collect the money, I will be finding my perfect RV!! What state would be good weather in the month of July?? Hope to be gone by then, or maybe even June. Can’t wait to see where you are next!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wow, Pat! You’re moving things along nicely! First thing ya’ know you’ll be heading down the highway in your perfect RV.

      Where to go in July from Texas? Not knowing where in Texas you are, I’ll say “Head for the mountains! Whichever are closest!” 🙂

      Thanks for the nice compliment on my photography.

    • R. in East Sierra Nevada says:

      In July I would go to the mountains of Colorado. I see in CO many car with TX plates in the summer

    • DesertGinger says:

      New Mexico has many affordable camp sites at high elevations, which are cooler. Go back in the archives and look at Sue’s first year. She spent a lot of time in New Mexico.

  32. R. in East Sierra Nevada says:

    Love all your photos. I remember this area and I am so happy you’re enjoying your visit. Arivaca, Patagonia, Sierra Vista had some amazing birding including 14 or 15 species of hummingbirds. Are they still around?
    Is your next camp around Parker Lake? There is a trail all around the lake. It suppose to be a 5 mile long but truly it was much longer.

    I recently did some hiking in Alabama Hills (this place gets busy on weekends) then took a trail to Ashram (elevation below lower parking spot where I parked 6,000ft then a cabin (Ashram) is at elevation of 7,720 ft . It is a steep 2 mile long trail but views are breathtaking. I wouldn’t recommend driving to the TH in a regular sedan. Someone had a problem to get up on the lower part of the dirt narrow and sandy road.
    Another great trail I loved is from Lone Pine campground. It is Whitney Portal National Recreation Area (a little over a 4 mile long one way) with elevation change of 2,720 ft. Something interesting happened when I returned back to my car. Someone asked me what is up there? How would you answer this question if in front of you are views so amazing that words cannot describe and your camera is not able to show such beautiful spot with Mount Whitney right there and all amazing mountains of Sierra Nevada.

    Anyway, I stayed at Tuttle Creek Campground $5.00/$2.50. There is water. Not much privacy but view of Mount Whitney from your campsite is a reward. It is possible to stay at this campground longer than 14 days if one gets a long term permit.

  33. Lorne Fortin says:

    Always enjoy your blog. I believe one of my favorite authors, Jim Harrison, passed away in Patagonia last Saturday.

  34. R. in East Sierra Nevada says:

    RVSue did you go from Sierra Vista through Fort Huachuca? We used to go through the main gate to get our psses. You need to be the citizen of the U.S. and with the proper ID and your car insurance you get the pass so you can go through the west gate to Parker Lake, for example, and saved lots of miles. You can also visit museums at the fort and you can go bird watching to Garden Canyon. This where we saw colorful trogons. There is a picnic area at the Garden Canyon. This is an active military fort so you need to follow directions very closely.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      No, I didn’t drive through Ft. Huachuca on the way to Sierra Vista. Remember we were on our way to have a new starter installed for the PTV. I had to make it to the shop without turning off the engine. For that reason I thought it best to take the highway direct to Whetstone and then directly south to Sierra Vista. Also, when I’m on a mission to solve a problem, I prefer motoring on a highway, rather than winding around on a lesser road, even though the highway is more miles.

      Now I have something to look forward to when we return to that part of Arizona! Thanks for the tips and ideas.

  35. Annette says:

    Interesting coincidences
    Jim Harrison, a resident of Patagonia, passed away on 3/27/16. Harrison was the author of Legends of the Fall, a novel which was also made into a movie that starred Brad Pitt.
    Obit here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jim-harrison-dies-legends-of-the-fall-author_us_56f8db06e4b0a372181a453b
    Recent interview here by a young Nebraska writer who is full-timing in the USA with his wife for a year http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2016/02/02/patagonia-arizona-jim-harrison/79649532/

  36. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    I love traveling to the little towns with you! I often find myself saying ..wow didn’t know that!

    The gobblers…funny! That chicken wrap sounds yummy! What a neat store.

    Have a great evening.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Cinandjules. We did have a great evening, nothing unusual so that’s great! Good morning to y’all!

  37. Our Tombstone friends spend most weekends fishing on little Lake Patagonia – and we enjoyed a nice lunch at a little Mexican restaurant by that park where you had your sandwich. Cute little town, you really captured its fun in your photos.

  38. Kathy (NC) says:

    Hi Sue
    I’m thinking of Patagonia, complete with colored paper and curly ribbons! It will be a long time before we head out west but this is one place I’m adding to the list! Maybe the Opera house will be open by then. This year we will be staying in the east, next year possibly heading back to the UK to visit family – but, I have my AZ and NM Benchmark maps and lots and lots of plans!
    Love reading about all your travels – hope you are staying warm wherever you are now.
    Kathy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Kathy. It’s chilly this morning, not cold enough for a coat. The burner under the coffee pot is enough for warmth.

      Have fun planning!

  39. Dave Helgeson says:

    Since Patagonia has a lake, I am guessing your final photo is Patagonia Lake?

  40. Would your picture of the lake be Patagonia Lake State Park? We love that area and Patagonia is always one of our afternoon stops.

  41. MB from VA says:

    Good morning Sue & Crew! Thanks for the pictures and description of Patagonia! I hope to have an off the grid home in AZ one day after I have traveled for awhile. I “window shop” and dream on the net for now. I can find out about all kinds of things…land prices, water, mineral rights, weather…..and a little about the nearby towns via their websites. But I love hearing what people who have been there think. Patagonia is near some land I have seen and like. Of course, part of the fun will be visiting the places I’ve found on the net for myself….and finding some I don’t even know about yet. 🙂 I also like the area around Concho and St. Johns. Anyway, thanks for the “review”. 🙂 BTW…..WE saw a coyote the other day too! We have them around here and hear them down in the vale behind our house. But this one came running across the driveway when we were walking. Beautiful, healthy animal and totally unconcerned with us. My season has officially started. I have mowed grass for days now. Hopefully, my last spring here on the farm. I love it and wish it well under it’s future owners…..but I plan on being in AZ next Spring! Have a great day! MB from VA

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Interesting comment, MB! You love your farm and yet you’re willing to let it go in order to move into another phase — new places, new experiences, new lease on life! 🙂

  42. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    Sue, you are such a tease! The last picture has really got me thinking and I’m VERY curious where that is from. I haven’t been able to convince myself that that is from Lake Patagonia. Those hills behind the lake just don’t match up with the rolling hills of Patagonia. Could that be Roper Lake State Park? The suspense has me checking for your new post frequently and is interrupting my current project. You’re making me nuts!!—-Audrey

  43. Ronda western WA says:

    Your pictures are great, however your description alone makes me want to go to Patagonia!

  44. rvsueandcrew says:

    Two readers guessed the mystery location of the last photograph in this post.

    Congratulations to Monica in CA and Nivrapa in AZ (Audrey)…. Good job!

    Yep, that’s Roper Lake as seen from Roper Lake State Park, Safford, AZ.

    New post coming in a few minutes!

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