As an antidote to my recent bout of angst, we took a little road trip today. The weather was perfect at 65 and sunny. The timing was even more perfect, as there is a cold front rolling in tonight and Phoenix is heading for a round of nasty weather. Of course in Phoenix that means low 50’s and cloudy/rainy. There are major weather alerts regarding potential freezing temperatures at night. There will also be snow in the high country, starting around 4000 feet. The first forecast over 60 degrees is on January 8th. So a relatively cold start to our New Year in the desert. Looks like I might be logging a lot of computer time in the next 10 days.
All the more reason it was good to get out and enjoy the sunshine, as well as take a few new photos. I would hate to break my New Year’s resolution before the year had even officially started. Since we now have an appropriate vehicle for traveling some of Arizona’s more rugged country, we planned a route that would take us on a high clearance vehicle road. Our official destination was a small mining camp in Stanton. The rugged part started 5 miles north of Wickenburg, about an hour’s drive from Phoenix.
We stopped for gas and food in Wickenburg and left the highway for a road appropriately named Scenic Loop. It was definitely scenic, but it wasn’t much of a road. It started out okay, no worse than some of the graded forest roads we’ve driven in passenger cars. That didn’t last long. We stopped at one of the relatively straight level stretches to take a few photos of the desert scenery.
Since I am planning to post at least one photo everyday for the next month, I thought I should take this opportunity to mention that clicking on the photos will bring up a larger version. Some of them may be a little hard to see in the context of the blog. Enjoy!