Strange that my travels landed me here, quite frankly. This is a sweet little (and I do mean little) town located about 1 hour north of Phoenix. It is quite a picturesque town. Wickenburg is a typical Arizona town with gorgeous scenery. I am normally spotted on the rocky cliffs of Maine or the deep into a trail in Oregon but on the side trip this little town has something unique.
At the coffee shop in town (not a starbucks… quaint, owner run, but can still make a mean cup of coffee) there is wifi (for free! though I encourage buying at least a coffee..sandwiches were good too…support the local economy!). I stood in line (yes two other people were there) and noticed that the owner greeted each person by name. Small town folk. Fun to visit.
The views were killer! We had the luxury of seeing a rain storm wash through. Rare, I hear, and absolutely breath-taking. The thunder heads were crazy huge. I felt tiny…
Okay on to the serious stuff. Apparently you have to be semi-crazy to stick around Arizona for long. So while you’re there be on the lookout for rattlesnakes, tarantulas, and my favorite, scorpions. They are in great supply out there and deserve some respect.
The cacti are alittle crazy too. Gorgeous but apparently deady. So, be careful. Look but dont touch. Watch close enough and you’ll likely see a cactus wren. (sweet harmless bird. one of the few harmless things there).
There are plenty of things to do, hot air balloon rides, horseback rides, jeep tours, and even apple picking. Just dont think your going to find a mall or starbucks anywhere in sight…. this is a “get away from it all” type place to visit.
Wickenburg, Arizona January 2, 2007