Our Location: Empire Ranch, Sonoita, Arizona
We woke this morning to a chilly 40F/5C in Gage, NM but we had a great nights rest. We were on the road before 8 am and put in an hour and it was still 8 am. You guessed it, we crossed another time zone. Arizona stays on Mountain Standard Time while NM changes to Mountain Daylight Time. Obviously we crossed into Arizona at 9am Mountain Daylight Time which became 8 am Mountain Standard Time. Are you confused yet? So until you folks change your clocks back in Ontario we are three hours behind you.
|Yep, they are definitely mountains, lots of pointy, sharp looking things out there too. |
|A little hill!!|
The ride today was pretty good, a few humps and bumps but nothing major. We stopped at San Simon Rest Area/Arizona Welcome Center for a quick leg stretch, we would certainly stay here if we were looking for an overnight stop. Clean, well laid out and a decent sized truck parking area. We by passed a stop at Texas Canyon Rest area but we've all stopped there before.
|There is nothing quite like the mountains out the window as we roll along. |
|I believe these may be salt flats, you can see the white mixed in the sand. |
A stop for fuel at $5.35 per gallon had us topping the tank for $100 USD. The Big Dog likes his diesel. The temperatures climbed steadily but not too high, I think we stopped around the 60F/15C area this afternoon.
|Water at the road side, I believe these are also salt flats here. |
|The view is amazing. |
All of today's photos were taken with my phone, dirty windshield and all, moving at close to 60 mph, so if they aren't the clearest, oh well. You get the idea anyway.
|Lots of growth here on the roadsides. |
|They are getting closer.....|
We are currently parked at Empire Ranch at Sonoita, Arizona and may stay here for a number of days. We haven't really decided how many yet but for a couple any way. I need to clean the Igloo windows so we can look out and see something. All the dust has been hard on them.
|We have arrived!|
|The dust that would have been blowing here yesterday makes me glad we called it a day earlier. |
Called my dad when we arrived, just to touch base. Things are good up in his neighbourhood, no snow but a bit chilly by the sounds of things. Sun is out though so that's always a positive thing.
|I love the colours here...|
|The views are always so inviting.|
|Come, explore, discover my secrets..... |
Daughter Courtney sent me a couple of photos of the peanuts she grew in her little garden in Toronto. The first time she's tried to grow them, they turned out pretty well. She's pretty excited about that!
|Approaching Texas Canyon Rest Area.|
|Just past the rest area. |
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit.
|Our spot at Empire Ranch with permission from the camp host. |
|The view to the east!! |
Until next time...
|Courtney's home grown peanuts. |
|Home is Toronto, Ontario and she has a small raised garden in the front yard. |
Take care, be safe,
We had many favorite areas in the southwest and the grasslands where you are now was one of them.ReplyDelete
I always expect to see a jaguar in some of these trees.ReplyDelete
Yup that's the Playa ... an ancient lake bed, now dried up. LOVE the Empire Ranch. Hoping I get to spend a couple weeks there maybe in February. Enjoy!!!ReplyDelete
It is indeed the ranch, lots of cattle around, the grass ripples in the breeze and we are between the mountains.Delete
That is an awesome little spot you have there for a few days! I bet it feels good to be in AZ, you are getting closer to your final destination!ReplyDelete
It is an awesome little spot and we are going to enjoy it!! A few more days rest, maybe a trip to Tombstone and a few errands before head out next week before the rain and cold settle in here for a few days.Delete
Congratulations Courtney on your first crop of peanuts! My daddy used to grow them every year. Awesome memories :) Enjoy your little piece of heaven! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Shirley, she was pretty excited and is always trying new things. We will enjoy your little piece of grass land paradise.Delete
It's nice to have a slow down for a few days. Looks like a very peaceful place. Enjoy!ReplyDelete
It is nice to slow down again and to be honest, I was happy we weren't going any farther yesterday. We've both been fighting a sinus infection/cold and it's quite tiring. Sitting for a few more days will be nice and then only a few hours to our next destination where we will sit for a week or so.Delete
Hi Deb, What are you using for internet ? phone, verizon ?? Thanks , KellyReplyDelete
Hi Kelly. We are with Bell and using our phones as hotspots. We have a choice of various networks and we can jump for one to another without any difficulty. We have found very few places without service, although some of course is better than others. Our plan includes calls, texts and unlimited data to and from Canada and the USA. If you want to know more you can email me at: email@example.com and I will answer any questions that I can.Delete