February 19 – 22
As we drive down highway 82 towards Patagonia Lake State Park, we leave behind the Sonoran desert. We are driving through Coronado National Forest and there are mountain ranges on each side of us but there are still signs of an arid country. Now we’re seeing golden prairies with huge mountains hovering in the distance. We’re in cowboy country and we pass by expansive cattle ranches, and through quaint western towns like Sonoita with bars and saloons and buildings accented in western décor.
Patagonia Lake State Park is tucked away in the rolling hills of southern Arizona. There is a 265 acre man-made lake that is stocked with crappie, bass, bluegill and catfish. The campground is sits near the lake and has 105 sites with electric and water. There are trails along the lake side where you can view many species of birds such as great herons, ducks and several species of hummingbirds.
We are meeting a large contingent of the RVing Women campers that we met in January in Quartzsite. The majority of them are from Colorado. They have adopted us and made us feel welcome in their group and we have really enjoyed their company along the way. This was the last get-together for the group before they all go their separate ways. Most of them have been caravanning together for about 42 days!
We were lucky to get a site right next to our friends. We all camped in close proximity. Here is our campsite.
The small group that we have camped with the most are also our hiking buddies. We went on a 3 mile hike through the Sonita Creek Natural Area. This was a nice hike through an open area with grassy balds and there were Charolais cattle grazing on the fields.
We actually were walking along the Sonita Creek which was a nice change from the desert. We could hear the gurgling water and there were actually a couple of waterfalls. The creek had a dam which created the lake. We walked across the spillway.
It was getting warm towards the end of the hike and Linda was happy to find a bit of shade.
After our last hike in Organ Pipe, we decided we needed to get official, and we each got new hiking backpacks with hydration bladders in them. We almost ran out of water on our last hike but Sandy gave us a bottle! Thanks Sandy! So now, we are set to hike in the desert.
We were hiking along the creek bed and found a large tree with bees swarming like crazy above it. It was a old cottonwood tree. We had a hiker passing by take our picture.
We enjoyed the hike and came back to camp to find out it was going to be Margarita night! Bobbi hosts a get together and provides margaritas for those who want them. What a nice day.
There was a potluck the next day and everyone provided some food for an early afternoon meal. We had a grand time and lots to eat. We provided deviled eggs.
One of the things this group likes to do is have a drumming circle. It is really quite relaxing and fun to participate and be part of this live music.
Linda tried playing an instrument she had never played before from Australia called the didgeridoo.
We sure had a nice day and made some great memories along the way!
Everyone was packing up to head out and we got to borrow Billie’s canoe for a little bit and go for a paddle on Patagonia Lake. What a beautiful day. There was a huge bridge at the marina.
The lake was pretty large and there were several coves and it was fun paddling.
We had a wonderful 4 days at Patagoina Lake State Park with our new friends and there were lots of hugs and good wishes as everyone went their separate ways. We are headed to Bisbee and Chiracahau National Monument next – it is in the very south east corner of the state. But, we will be heading back west before we head home again.