On Friday, April 6th, the crew and I take a ride to Patagonia Lake State Park, located about 70 miles south of Tucson. This is the second post about that morning.
Patagonia Lake State Park rents various types of watercraft.
There are kayaks. (The eastern part of the lake is designated as no-wake.)
The dock at Patagonia Marina
There are bass boats. I didn’t check, but I imagine the marina has trolling motors to go with them.
If you like more power pushing your craft, you can rent one of these.
A boat isn’t necessary for fishing, as these folks demonstrate.
After taking the above photos from around the marina, I hurry to return to Reggie and Roger waiting in the PTV.
“We’ll go to the day use area and you can have a walk-around over there.”
I park the PTV in a 15-minute parking space and the boys and I head for the lake.
Thinking of this blog, as I often do, I attempt to take iconic canine crew shots. You know, the kind with Reg and Rog posed against a gorgeous backdrop of water, rock, and foliage.
Not so easy when they’re super-excited.
“C’mon, guys. Quit sniffing around for a second. Heads up please!”
When they aren’t sniffing or lifting a leg, they’re pulling me on their leashes, darting in opposite directions and tangling around stuff.
Normally I postpone photos until after the initial canine euphoria subsides. If I give the crew time to calm down, I usually can get a few good shots.
We don’t have time for that today.
I promised the man at the entrance that we wouldn’t stay long . . . .
After several attempts . . .
Oh well, good enough!
Now I can relax and enjoy this place.
I read online that Patagonia Lake State Park can be very crowded, especially on weekends. Campers are advised to make reservations well in advance of their planned visit.
Today (Friday) there’s hardly anyone in the day use area.
It really is a lovely day.
At an earlier stage of my life, I was eager to go out in a boat, cast my line, maybe catch a few fish. Now I’m content to see others doing that.
I get a lot of pleasure out of wandering through a peaceful place like this.
It’s only mid-morning and already the air temperature is into the 80s.
Typical of Arizona, although warm in the sun, it’s surprisingly cool in the shade.
The crew and I come across a strange situation.
Oh, my! I wonder how they got their boat up there! And how will they ever get it down?
We spend a few minutes on a little beach.
Reggie and Roger are “landlubbers.” Neither is interested in taking a soak. Maybe they would if it were a hotter day.
Roger tries to take a drink out of the lake.
I pull him away.
“Let’s go back. I’ll pour you a fresh drink. We have to go now anyway.”
Well, that was nice. We’ll stop in Patagonia on the way home. I need to buy more tortillas. Gee, a cold bottle of peach tea would taste good . . . .
NOTE: For more information and photos of the state park and campground, see my previous post and go to azstateparks.com/patagonia-lake. — Sue
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