Arizona is closed-

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Well not really but parts of it is. A couple of weeks ago when we drove up to check on Our Little Red House we were surprised to see closure signs everywhere where happy families used to be camping and out enjoying our woods.

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It was really sad seeing this on our drive up. It reminded me of the time some of the campsites were closed up north because of the bear attacks they were having one year. That was a scary time. The bears were starving because of the drought. This drought of ours has been going on for over  20 years now.

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“Look around kids, you are living and experiencing history,” my husband said while we drove down that old and now extremely dry dirt road.

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When we got into town we looked down Cherry creek and saw there were no puddles of water anywhere “Uh Oh “ I said out loud looking over at my husband. We both were shocked by how dry the creek was.

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Once we started getting closer to our place we noticed everywhere everything was yellow, not green. The town and area is in desperate need of rain. It was a dry winter up there, so not a lot of snow in the high country means a very hard summer.

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Our plan this trip was to go down to Haigler’s creek for some exploring and swimming.

Haigler’s creek has water year round and the farther you go up in it the bigger the swimming holes get with waterfalls and huge shaded trees. It is so beautiful down at the creek. Every year during the summer months we usually pack up a picnic lunch and head down to it. My kids have loved it while growing up. Here are some older photos from years ago.

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We always tell our friends in town if we are going to go out exploring in the woods, just in case something happens, always remember to let your love ones know your whereabouts when out traveling or hiking here in Arizona. Arizona has a lot of open land and it goes on forever and ever.

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When we told one of our friends up there our plans for Haigler’s creek she said to “ be very careful ”. The campsites are closed up there too, so there are not a lot of people out and the animals are getting desperate because they are hungry and thirsty. Our friend went on to explain to us about an incident up there where a bear charged some people but no one got hurt. Just the fact that the bear was not afraid was dangerous. Our friend also told us that she has noticed lion tracks around the property close to her home. Wherever there is water the animals will come and that includes mountain lions.

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We listened to her warnings and decided to leave our grown kids back at Our Little Red House the next morning. We were headed out to explore and collect nature craft supplies.

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My husband made sure to stay away from the grass when he parked because the forest is so dry anything can start a fire, plus the winds are very high right now. It would make a very dangerous situation if a fire started up there with the wind and dry conditions both at the same time. The day we drove up there was a fire up north that had started the day before, it was caused by a trailer chain that was dragging. The sparks from it caused a fire. By the second day it had already burned thousands of acres.

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Parking away from dry grass is the safest place to park in those conditions. The forest was peaceful while I gathered needles but I couldn’t help thinking about wild animals lurking around looking for an easy meal.

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I got my nature craft supplies and we left.

Cherry creek is just down the street from Our Little Red House and we decided to go exploring out there as well. There was a bear attack up by Cherry Creek a year ago that I read about in the local newspaper, no one was seriously hurt Thank God. The photos down below were taken a few years back when it was greener.

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We were exploring late in the day and we didn’t have any food with us, so I figured we were safe enough. This creek isn’t too far; in fact we could walk to it if we wanted. This is what it looked like that day.

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There were a couple blue herons out and once they spotted us they flew away. I wish I had a better lens on my camera to have captured them but these are the only photos I was able to take of that. If you look hard enough, off in the distance in the tree you can make out a tiny little outline of the bird, and another of it flying away. Guess this couple decided to stay here in Arizona instead of flying back to Canada.

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The creek was very quiet and spooky to me. I like to hear life out and about. Cars driving by, people walking around, whatever, just other human beings and my husband and I were the only ones out there.

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All the closures up in the high country are keeping everyone away, because the fire danger is very scary, so who’s to blame them. I remember when Cherry creek was greener and there was more water. It isn’t like Haiglers of course but still, it had seen greener and wetter days before. Some more older photos below of greener days when the kids were little of Haigler and Cherry creeks.

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Even though Cherry creek is pretty dry now we still found little pockets of water here and there, mostly mud but there were some little guppies swimming around in one puddle, which put smiles on our faces.

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There were also all kinds of tracks where the waterholes were. The animals were coming down to drink and by the site of the tracks there were all kinds of different animals using those waterholes.

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When I saw tracks that looked to me like lion tracks I decided to head back to Our Little Red House. The tracks were old but still gave me chills. I remembered my friend’s warnings. Maybe they were bobcat. I am not known for knowing tracks; I did not pay close enough attention to my dad’s lessons on that as a child. I was always too busy collecting stones off the ground to be bothered with figuring out tracks…sadly now I wish I paid better attention.

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Even though the creek and the area was mostly dry everywhere and cracked,

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There were still several flowers out in bloom in and around town.

When we got back home I had tons of craft supplies to make wreaths, baskets and some Swedish gnomes for Christmas later.

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I hope it rains soon up there. This post is pre scheduled so by the time it is posted we should hopefully have gotten some rain in the high country. The weather report said we have some rain clouds headed our way. Once the rain starts the place will be green again and the animals will be very happy. Please stay safe out there anyone who lives here in Arizona or is here during the summer, follow the fire rules and restrictions, and let everyone know where you are at all times but don’t stop exploring and loving nature. Happy exploring.

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Update on rain…It finally rained up there. This post was written a week ago and since that time a storm hit our area. We even got a little rain here in the city. I opened all the doors and windows and let all that fresh rain smell into my home early in the morning. It was so nice hearing the little drops. I imagine the animals up north were probably out dancing in the rain when that storm hit.

 

 

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33 Comments Add yours

  1. simplywendi says:

    thank you for sharing all of your beautiful pictures. may it rain soon!

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    1. You’re welcome. Masoon should start up soon, so hopefully it will be green again once that starts up in July.

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  2. Wow, can’t imagine how desperate a situation like that must be !! Still a very informative and interesting post ….. and your photos…..as usual great 🙂 Wish you all the rain you need soon ! Take care !!

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    1. Monsoon should start up soon, usually in July. I love it up north when it rains, there is nothing that compares to the smell of wet pine trees.

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      1. I couldn’t agree more 🙂 !!! Still, stay safe and have a wonderful Sunday !!

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      2. I love the Monsoon Season. Wish I could work out in the rain all day.

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      3. Me too. It was nice that one morning we had a little rain.

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  3. lanature76 says:

    As drought continues, a lot of green is gone. I was a little saddened when I saw a picture showing the difference. But I believe it will rain surely.

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    1. Yes, hopefully the Monsoons will roll in around the month of July.

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  4. Wow I was sharing this with hubby. I was so happy to read attheend yougot some rain. Praise God. 🙂

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    1. Yes, I was really happy too. I am just happy those animals up there got a little break.

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      1. I was so happy I didn’t even want to put spaces in between those words hehehe :):)

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  5. Wow i never thought of how easy a fire could start in a drought, a trailer chain dragging makes sense but never thought. Poor wild life starving but at the same time a shame people cant enjoy their time camping and hiking.
    Cant wait to see how your supplies are turned into those xmas things. And blue herrings are gorgeous but little buggers around here scoop koi and gold fish right out of backyard pounds!

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    1. Didn’t know those birds attacked those beautiful goldfish but then they are birds and that is their job. I would be upset if my goldfish were eaten, i have had them for years and they even eat right out of my hand. Yeah, it is scary dry and hot here. It is crazy how fast one spark can light up a whole forest. When it is crazy windy and dry that is when I worry the most.

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      1. Our grass was starting to look like straw. It finely poured all this weekend. They never ate our fish thank goodness. We tore our pond down a few years ago, my MIL took 2. Gold fish we kept 2. Only one is still with us in an aquarium with fancy gold fish. They too come right to our hands. I love gold fish and koi.

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      2. I would love to have a pond but for now a giant aquarium makes me just as happy. That aquarium is over twenty years old and it one of my favorite purchases I made in my life. I love watching the goldfish swim around in it. It is so fun when those goldfish come right up to our hands when it is feeding time.

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  6. kat says:

    I live in Southern California, so I can relate with the drought. We don’t live near where the fires usually burn, but can often see and smell them. As soon as it starts to warm up, fire danger starts and always has me on high alert. Your area looks absolutely lovely, so I hope you get plenty of water back soon! Stay safe!

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    1. This drought is scary. When the Monsoon rolls in, lately here in the city we have been having huge dust storms. It is scary huge when they roll over our city. I have to dust like crazy in our house during monsoon season. Up north they do get some rain in some areas so at least they don’t have to worry about the dust storms. I think they might have some Phoenix dust storms on YouTube. Stay safe out there too and hopefully we will all start getting more rain soon.

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  7. You know, industrialized nations will feel the impacts of “climate change.” I put this in quotes because it’s ridiculous to me that some people can’t or won’t believe. It’s like gravity – there is nothing to believe in, and one can ignore it to their own detriment. Thank you for sharing your experience and the wonderful pictures of nature!

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    1. Your welcome. To record what is happening and have it in pictures does open your eyes doesn’t it? I can’t believe the differences from years ago to this year. Nature is such a gift, every generation should be exposed to just how precious it is. I think if more kids were exposed to it they would learn to appreciate just how important it all is.

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  8. Beautiful pictures! I do hope that you get some rain soon!

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    1. Yes, that would be nice.

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  9. Great blog and it definitely caught my attention because of bears! There here and a place we used toive in Sterns my oldest son came running in and house and said “there’s a bear outside” ! It was a cub but still mama had to be near by. One year there was a bear in the dumpster at KFC and Huddle House has a picture of a bear that was up there. It probably was bobcat tracks to there here I just had a gentlemen telling me there really vicious to he says he’s took 4 of them down he said that’s what could of gotten my 🐓 and my 🐔 we have to be careful and not leave food outside either. My sister n law just bought a place with 5 acres here in Stearns ANS there is a 🍇 grapevine her son told her it will attract bears and it may I would make use of them for sure and I thought you posted a recipe for jam didn’t you? You or your husband made it.
    I’m reading a great book called The Great Alone and you would enjoy it by Kristin Hannah I hope you read it. They move from Seattle to Alaska big change in 70 acres he was Vietnam and a soldier left it to him he has flash backs and abuses them but the story is about how they survive with preparing all summer for winter food, root cellar, kills, and there 18 hours of darkness there in the winter. The daughter is 13 when they move there and at age 17 she’s darn good at it now. It’s such a good powerful story! Basically they had to become Pioneers and now they love it there and don’t want to leave. I’m not finished reading it yet. Anxious to see what happens. Ive read alot of her books and shes great. I’ll post reviews soon do you use Pine needles for your wreaths? I have a driveway full of them from pine 🌲 but they turn brown and I need to make use of them and the pine cones. Glad you got your rain! ☔ take care! Really enjoyed your blog sorry I’ve been absent the ammonia was awful and now I’m nauseated every day that I’m over that my Dr. Gave me nausea pills we’ll see! ♥ ♥ ♥

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    1. Thank you. Sounds like a good book that you are reading, I will have to check it out. Bobcats are scary too, we just had an attack here in our state so rabies might be out there right now. Usually bobcats stay away from humans unless they are sick or starving. The news here in Arizona just reported on the attack. Pneumonia is horrible, it stays with you awhile. Hope you feel better soon. I will probably be off for a while resting up from my cold or whatever it is, but maybe my daughter will posts some posts of mine later. Stay safe out there around those wild animals.

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  10. Hoping for rain with you! I live in phoenix and have a home outside payson, we need water!!

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    1. Yes, it is getting pretty dry and hot. Payson is beautiful, I love it up there. We always pass through on our way to our place up north. Payson usually has a huge fireworks show or celebration, wonder what the plans are this year. Hopefully we will have some rain by then.

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      1. Yeah it is! And Payson does have a good one and so does Heber! And I don’t know what they are going to do??

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  11. Fire season is all year round here. I remember going camping as a kid and jumping from rock to rock in order to avoid the water of the creek. Now everything is dry… it was a bad year for snow and this summer hasn’t given us an monsoons. Living in AZ all my life I love the monsoon season…

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    1. I have also lived here my whole life. I love how the desert smells after it rains. I remember when I was a little girl hiking South Mountain (we lived up at the base of it) after a huge storm and seeing little waterfalls throughout the desert and the boulders up the mountain. I miss that, we do need some rain.

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  12. We even have a lot of wildlife coming into the city. Mesa and north Scottsdale has bears as well as bobcats and lions. We had a bobcat the other day come down from Squaw Peak.

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    1. Oh my gosh, I know. I heard about a bobcat attack in Cave creek…that is crazy to me.

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  13. mel says:

    What a tough summer. Hope it will rain soon… .

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    1. Me too. The weather report says we might be getting some soon, we will see.

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