On Sunday, March 18th, the wind has blessedly died down. I am more than ready to travel on, and we leave Bouse heading out on Hwy 72, catching Hwy 60 east to Wickenburg. It’s about an 80 mile drive.
Arriving in Wickenburg around noon I am a bit surprised on how much this little town has grown since I was first here 20 years ago. It has an “old west” historical section and the newer parts of town have a southwestern theme. It appears businesses are required by county council or whoever the powers-that-be are to build and keep this theme.
I get the feeling they do not like visitors, however, as their parking lots are teeny tiny and there is no way you can get a big motorhome, or even a travel trailer in some of the lots. Traffic is horrendous, and there was no way to park and take photos. The Chiweenie Brothers see their first mule, with rider on its back, and of course go nuts. This sets the tone for the day. *Sigh*.
Despite all that I have the nearby BLM boondocking area in my GPS and we follow it’s instructions to Blue Tank Road that leads to Sophie’s Flat.
We didn’t go all the way in to Sophie’s Flat as the road, while graded and wide enough for vehicles to pass each other, has some wicked steep down/up grades. We find a spot alongside the road which in hindsight made me think perhaps I SHOULD have gone on, but we stayed two days and left.
The ATVs were numerous and not many would slow down going past people camped . It IS a pretty area though with a wide variety of cacti and other desert plants: Ocotillo, barrel, cholla, paddle cactus (beaver tail), and the stately saguaro. There were others, but I simply can’t think of them as I write this.
The boys enjoy the sunshine, and Charlie keeps an eye on the greasewood bushes lest one of those dang lizards tries to attack!
Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Shawna
EVERY SINGLE MOMENT YOU ARE WRITING THE STORY OF YOUR LIFE — Unknown