Showing posts from March, 2016

The Pie Cabinet and Coffee Bar

While in Wickenburg, Sharon and I accidentally came across this place and we were glad we did.  The Pie Cabinet and Coffee Bar have an assortment of delicious pies, pastries, Panini's, and gourmet coffee.  It is open Monday thru Friday from 7am to 4pm and on Saturday from 7am to 2pm.
Address: 1235 W. Wickenburg Way, Wickenburg, AZ 85390
Phone: (928) 231-1703

Around Wickenburg 2016

There are interesting stuff around Wickenburg, AZ.  I took a few pictures to show you what I saw.

Spring in the Desert

Wickenburg, AZ

The Ghost Town of Weaver

Not far from the ghost towns of Stanton and Octave in Arizona, sits what is left of the minuscule abandoned settlement of Weaver.  First known as Weaverville, this town was once a booming gold mine community.  Right after gold was unearthed on Rich Hill in May of 1863, Weaverville was founded nearby.  The town, like the mountain range, was named after Pauline Weaver.  He was born in 1797, and spent his career as a mountain man, trapper, military scout, prospector, as well as an explorer.  He led a collection of explorers and prospectors into the mountains where a huge vein of gold was found.  They ran into it after the men were trying to capture a runaway donkey.
Not long afterwards, Weaverville was condensed to Weaver and the power was ruled by Francisco Vega.  He, along with his group of no-good bandits, put the fear in those who were living there and wanted to pass through the town.  The neighboring towns of Stanton and Octave reaped the benefits of his ordeal with many doing busi…

The Ghost Town of Stanton, AZ

Tuck inside Weaver Mountain in the Rich Hill District of Arizona, sits the eerie little ghost town of Stanton.  When you travel on Arizona Highway 89 and hit the north end of Congress, you will find a dirt road which will lead you there.  The trek on this road is only 6 miles to Stanton, and is currently used as an RV park.  The only old buildings standing are the hotel, stagecoach station, and the red brick general store.

It all started in 1863 when Pauline Weaver guided a group of explorers to the area.  Weaver’s Needle in the Superstition Mountains and the mountain range where Stanton is located were named after Pauline.  They hit the motherlode (about a half million in gold), and in 1868, the place was known as Antelope Station.  At one time, over 3,000 souls called the place home, and it was a decent place to live until Charles Stanton turned up in 1871.  Stanton decided that he was running the town and ruled with an iron fist by hiring meanest ne’er-do-wells he could find to ke…

Grand Canyon Transept Trail

The Transept Trail is only one of many trails found inside and around the Grand Canyon.  It is situated on the North Rim flanked by the North Rim Campground and Grand Canyon Lodge.  The trek is 3 miles round-trip and takes about 1.5 hours to walk the entire perimeter.  The scenery on this path is breathless with many ancient ruins seen throughout the trail.
All the trails at the Grand Canyon offer a gorgeous view of the canyon, but the Transept Trail also comes with a ghost.  They call her the “Wailing Woman” because as she wanders along the pathway and has been seen crying.  Witnesses have said she is clothed in a white dress with blue flowers and she appears to be levitating above the ground.  The story is told that her family had fallen victim to the sheer cliffs along the trail resulting with a deadly ending.  To this day, she still appears to be looking for them and grieving her loss.

Attention-grabbing Arizona Treats

When you are wandering through a gift shop in Arizona, you will more than likely come across a variety of curious treats with an Arizona theme.  Some are sweet while others are salty and good.  They all have that uniqueness that makes you want to try them.  Here are some examples:
Rock Candy Bizarre candies called Javalina Droppings, Rattlesnake Egges and Coyate Poop Suckers with scorpions inside Date Shakes (Dateland) Candy bugs Prickly pear suckers, jams, syrup, and salsa (cactus candy)

There is much, much more sitting on Arizona gift store shelves all over the state.

Foods Native to Arizona

I like states and cultures, Arizona has a variety of foods indigenous to the region.   Here are some of the more noteworthy ones I found:
Saguaro and Prickly Pear Cactus Hundreds of years ago, the Tohono O’odham people would move north as the saguaro cactus fruits would mature.  They used the produce in rituals to aid in rainmaking and simmer the nectars to create syrup.  For a treat, they would dry the fruit for a sugary and crispy candy.  Today, you find many products made for saguaro such as syrup, sauces, jellies, and juices.
Along with the saguaro cactus, the prickly pear is also used in several foods and drinks.  This cacti is full of antioxidants.  You can find in various places prickly pear jellies, salsas and margaritas which is my favorite.  There is proof that eating the prickly pear pads could help lower your “bad” cholesterol.
Navajo-Churro Sheep The longest standing class of sheep in Arizona and the United States is the Navajo-Churro sheep.  They first made their presence…

The Phoenix Incident

This looks interesting.
"From Director Keith Arem (Talent Director of Call of Duty, Titanfall), THE PHOENIX INCIDENT is an investigation into the March 13th, 1997 disappearance of four Arizona men exposing a military cover-up of the largest UFO sighting in North America."

A View From Sonoita's Vineyards

Sonoita, Arizona