We took off in the morning to visit Cave Creek, which is several miles north of Scottsdale. This is a small community which has a few interesting highlights.
They pride themselves on having a collection of small and unique shops and restaurants in the town square, and in the entire town have exactly one business that is part of a chain – the local Dairy Queen. In some ways the town reminded us of Coombs, with several artisans and gift shops congregated in a small area. Sylvia managed to find some unique gifts, potions and lotions among the various businesses, and we were very pleased to find the business owners very friendly, talkative and informative about their area.
One thing we were looking for was an authentic ‘Western’ shirt for a gif; and while we did find some great western clothing stores, they had rather high prices, and the shirts were all made in China or Vietnam, which disappointed us. For the prices we were expecting ‘Made in the USA’.
They had several iron sculptures around the central square, including some anatomically correct oxen. And no, I didn’t take any close-ups.
Just south of Cave Creek is the town of Carefree, and the terrain there is quite different from most of the desert area. Both the hills and the flatlands are dominated by huge boulders that look like they could topple over at any time.
Below this pile of rubble is the Waldorf Astoria Boulders Resort, and on their grounds there are several rocks as big as houses that look like they belong in some giant baby’s playpen.
The cactus flower next to our site continues to gather a fair amount of interest, and people are always asking if they can walk through our site to take some pictures. One lady even wanted to take ‘our’ picture with ‘our’ cactus. I will have you know that she placed us this way to provide some contrast to the colour of the flower, and not because my fly was open.