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Mar 26, 2015 - Sunset Vista Trail to Picacho Peak

Thursday, March 26: Sunset Vista Trail to Picacho Peak Route: Picacho Peak Campground → Sunset Vista Trailhead Weather: 65F with a clear, quiet morning and a high of 85F with gusty breezes by afternoon Trip Average Gas Mileage: n/a Highlights: - hiking the Sunset Vista Trail to Picacho Peak - learning that the mold spore count was bad every year during this season in the desert Hubby let me sleep late this morning. He had already made the cheese and lettuce sandwiches for lunch and had breakfast almost ready too. I appreciated his...

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Mar 25, 2015 - Organ Pipe Cactus N.M. to Picacho Peak S.P.

Wednesday, March 25: Organ Pipe Cactus N.M. to Picacho Peak State Park via Saguaro N.P. Route: Twin Peaks Campground → US-85N → US-86E → Saguaro National Park → I-10W Weather: 65F with a clear, quiet morning and a high of 80F and gusty by afternoon Trip Average Gas Mileage: 28.2mpg Highlights: - detouring to Ajo to walk around the pretty historic plaza - stopping at the Why Not Travel Plaza in Why for ice - touring the Bajada Scenic Drive and Visitor Center in Saguaro N. P. West - seeing a roadrunner running across the road in front...

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Feb 28, 2015 - Picacho Peak State Park

Picacho Peak State Park In order to help facilitate a family camping experience, I opted to join Jared’s family and friends at Picacho Peak State Park for the weekend. Was a good thing, as conditions for tenting were challenging, to say the least, so we all slept in the trailer. If you recall, Ginger and I had been here once before and had hiked to a certain point on Picacho Peak, but not reaching the top. I had visions of getting to the top on this trip, but it was just a bit too windy for my comfort level during this weekend, but at...

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Mar 19, 2014 - Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch...

Today's post covers our visit with John & Joyce to the Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Farm. Located off Exit #219 on Interstate 10, nestled at the base of historic Picacho Peak Mountain, it's the largest ostrich ranch in the country. Over a thousand black South African ostrich hens live at the ranch, laying eggs and roaming its 600 acres. For $7 each, our cashier supplied us with a variety of animal food - pellets for the donkeys, deer, goats and ostriches; peanuts for the prairie dogs; tokens for the duck feed and nectar for the lorikeets. We...

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Mar 18, 2014 - Pretty sunset...

We're sure enjoying being kicked back out here in the pretty Arizona desert. Never thought I'd say the desert is pretty but sometimes it is! Temps have been running in the high 70's-low 80's. Shorts & sandal weather, which is always nice. Yesterday was St. Patrick's Day so I made the traditional corned beef & cabbage for dinner. Oh my, it was delicious. Been awhile since we've enjoyed that meal. Our friends John & Joyce are visiting this afternoon so I'm going to make Irish Egg Rolls with the leftovers. We enjoyed them at an Irish Pub in...

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Mar 16, 2014 - Bizarre art...

We checked out of Dead Horse SP at noon, dumped our tanks and had an uneventful trip to the Phoenix area on Thursday. Friday morning Jeff & Keith got busy on our new landing gear and had it done in about three hours. They also replaced & repaired our awning arms so maybe I can talk Larry into putting it out more often. It kept falling apart and he HATED dealing with it! Son Don was delivering a load in Avondale, about 30 minutes outside of Phoenix, so we met him for dinner. We had a nice couple of hours visiting before it was time for him...

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Feb 22, 2011 - Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch

Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch is a highly rated roadside attraction on Highway 60 near Picacho Peak. The ranch has a collection of fallow deer, Boer's goats, miniature Sicilian donkeys and rainbow lorikeets. They ranch was originally located in Guthrie, OK but they moved to a more suitable climate for the ostriches. The admission fee includes feed for the livestock and nectar for the birds. They also sell ostrich eggs (whole and just the shell for you artist types), ostrich feather dusters and other souvenirs. We visited there with some...

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Mar 14, 2010 - Civil War

Re-enactments of three different Civil War battles took place at Picacho Peak State Park. The battles were originally fought in Arizona and New Mexico and included battles at Valverde, Glorietta Pass, and Picacho Pass. Since many people only know of the Civil War battles that were fought in the eastern states, these desert battles become another exciting history lesson. With nearly 250 re-enactors living in authentic camps, the event was truly like stepping back in time. It was a blast literally, canons, muzzle loaders, foot and horse...

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Mar 13, 2010 - Packing the plague to Picacho Peak Park

Breakfast with Val and Don and regrettably we are on the road again. Drove down to Picacho State Park to meet with Rosy’s brother and sister in law Brian and Jackie. Picachio Park is hosting a Civil War enactment camp and battle. Caught the tail end of day one.

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Dec 27, 2008 - Casa Grande

We spent Christmas at Casa Grande, Arizona. We had a few days of not being tourists. Instead we had several games of tennis and just chilled out! Jenny enjoyed her regular trips to the pet run where there were plenty of tennis balls to play with but was not sure about other dogs joining in! We did have one day being tourist. On this day we visited the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. Here we explored another location of an ancient pueblo which archaeologist believed had 3,000 to 5,000 residents. The major structure which dominates the...

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Jan 21, 2008 - Wild Horse and Picacho Peak

We stopped in Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass casino for a couple of nights of free parking and Pepsi and to see our good friends Paul and Pam who live nearby. Wild Horse has become a regular stop for us. It’s an Indian casino and in this case they really do like us to stop and spend some time. There is a corner of the huge parking lot that has been somewhat taken over by RV’ers staying a few nights who the Gila River tribe hopes will drop a few bucks in the casino. We take advantage and do drop just a couple of bucks, drink some free Pepsi and...

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