Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Arizona in Winter

Last winter I was lucky enough to travel to Arizona to take a break from the long northeast winter. This was the second year I stayed at the lovely Flying E Ranch outside of Wickenburg.

If you are looking for a perfect winter get away I highly recommend this guest ranch! If you are lucky you may spot a bobcat, coyote or owl, and can explore the desert on horse back. In the morning and evening the horses are run to and from the barn and the cowboys are always happy to accommodate requests! Cowboy Johnny Lucas (pictured above) has a great look as well as a wonderful singing voice that we thoroughly enjoyed as he serenaded us with cowboy songs one evening. Thanks to Johnny I discovered singer Dave Stamey and am now a fan!

The nearby Rancho de los Caballeros also runs their herd to and from the barn and pasture twice a day and their colorful herd is easily photographed and viewed from a handy viewing platform.

Wickenburg has become a mecca for team roping and at any given time during the winter there can be several roping events going on in the area. There are always so many photo ops when shooting this kind of event, and it is good to just soak up the winter sun for a while this time of year. While in the area make sure you also check in at this wonderful western museum!

Wickenburg and the state of Arizona are a great winter destination with plenty of blue sky and sunshine, interesting places to visit and lots of horse activities to enjoy!

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