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Thursday, February 27, 2020
It does not seem possible that in the last post I published I talked about arriving at Quail Ridge and now today was our last day in this area. Since then my sister arrived and left, all to quickly. Then friends Shirley and Ken, Michelle and Doug arrived, visited, and moved on to new adventures. Plus, Deb and Riley arrived and are parked out in the Las Cienegas Conservation Area. As always I have several catch up posts to write and publish in the next few days but for this post I am in real time.
The Las Cienegas National Conservation Area was designated by congress in 2000 and is approximately 42,000 acres, located in the transitional zone between the Sonoran Desert and the Chihuahuan Desert.
We spent Easter Sunday in 2018 riding through this Conservation Area. Exploring the Empire Ranch and various trails checking out the available camping spots. That was then today's visit was about spending time with Deb and Riley. We sat and chatted about this and that surrounded by the beautiful grassland in sight of the mountains. The sun peeked out occasionally and when it did it brought its warmth but even when it was behind the clouds the temperature was comfortable for sitting out and enjoying our day. All to soon we could see the sun heading down towards the mountains and feel the chill that comes with that movement; it was time to head back home. So with hugs and see you down the roads it was time to leave. We had a wonderful day, the kind you wish would last just a little longer like a good book, and like one of those old sayings my Dad liked to use, God willing and if the creek don't rise, we will have many more such days. Until then memories are wonderful to have.
|The views surrounding them are beautiful.|
|Pulling up to their site.|
They have found a peaceful place in the quiet of the
Las Cienegas Conservation Area.
| With no wind there is a stillness and a quiet that was|
only broken by talk and laughter in our small circle.
|Maternity Well Group Camping Area|
|After leaving their home we made the decision to ride through|
the area and exit on AZ-82.
|The road is paved for a short distance but soon turns to mostly|
hard packed dirt with lots of holes in the roadway.
|The beauty of these grasslands with the sun setting then add |
in the clouds and you are saying what holes??? Well almost.
|Deb had mentioned they had seen quite a few piles of what|
looked like small trees they had been cutting down and we
could see what she meant as we drove through.
|The NCA includes a working cattle ranch and we came |
across some of those cattle eating as we drove along.
|One of several washes the road goes through.|
|The next two pictures are of these grasses.|
|As the last of the sun's light was leaving our day|
|we reached the entrance, our exit, to the NCA off of AZ-82|
|Heading east towards Quail Ridge RV and the Stinger "B" |
we could see some pink afterglow in the clouds.
|Darkness quickly descends as we make our way home.|
Visiting with friends then a beautiful drive through Las Cienegas National Conservation Area was the perfect way to spend our last day in this area.
This morning we will be taking the Stinger "B" into Sierra Vista to have her brakes looked at. We have been hearing some squeaking and squawking when they are applied. We have a lot of miles ahead of us as we head east towards the Atlantic Ocean then north towards the Great Lakes and home so we have decided to have them checked out. We are hoping, fingers crossed, it is nothing major and by this afternoon we will be again heading East on I-10. Whatever the day brings it will bring and things like this when you live on wheels is just part of those "home repairs".
Enjoy your day and if you are traveling...Safe Travels.
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