Gettin' close to Mexico

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Patagonia Lake State Park...

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Sunday, January 23, 2011

We spent most of today traveling.  We went back north to Suhuarita and crossed over to Highway 83, which heads south to Nogales. Arizona.  Lynn had wanted to visit a pecan store, since the orchards are common in this area.  We found the Green Valley Pecan Store and she was delighted.  In shopping, we found that the plain, albeit fresh, pecans were going for nearly $20 a pound.  Costco works for us.  I did get a pecan nougat bar for $2.50 and I must admit it was delicious!  The road down to Patagonia Lake is another Scenic Route, through rolling hills, covered with many trees and various flora of the area.  In spring or summer, I would guess that it’s overwhelming.  Now, with the brown tones prevalent, it’s the mountains that attracted our attention.  The Santa Ritas were on our right and we saw views not visible from the Green Valley side.  The lake is south of Patagonia Arizona and is the result of the damming of Sonoita Creek in 1968.  The park was established in 1975 and has a marina, an area for water skiing and a no-wake area for fisherman, canoeists and others that need calm water upon which to navigate.  The water is clear and a deep blue.  The one photo shows a bay here as well as an arched bridge which crosses the channel into the marina.  It’s high enough to allow a tall sailboat to pass beneath.  It was cool today, temperature in the low sixties and a medium wind.  The locals were bundled-up in parkas and such while I mutely wandered in my shorts and shirt.  Lynn was quite comfortable in a light jacket.  Tomorrow morning there will be a bird lecture and walk along Sonoita Creek.  We’re ready to learn and wander.  I just got an application for my phone dedicated to birding with nearly a thousand birds and all the info about each.  The song of each can be played for identification.  I’m excited about giving it a field test.  More tomorrow… Thanks for checking in.
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