My Last Dance

What if Dennis decides not to buy my Casita? 4salecasita450

Last July, when the Casita arrived, I christened it “My Last Dance.” I had great plans for many future adventures.

Well, it’s not going to happen.

Dennis bought a used Toyota Highlander. It took the car dealer more than three hours to install a tow bar. He left my house yesterday afternoon around four so U-Haul could install a seven-prong electrical harness for towing the Casita.

I expect him to arrive around ten this morning, with cash to conclude the deal. Dennis will hitch up the Casita and drive away. sold450

But… if he doesn’t… I will keep the Casita and proceed with new travel plans. I’m excited about that possibility.

My first trip will be in two parts. Both will be day trips and will happen before the hot summer begins.

My new adventures will start with the town of Aguila, AZ. I will visit at least twenty-one other Arizona towns.

I’m surprised I didn’t think of it sooner. I’m a curious person, but not especially fixated. Once my curiosity is satisfied, I’m ready to move on.

I’m not interested in visiting National Parks and all the tourist attractions. I’m not excited about learning history for history’s sake.

I’m not a hiker, or tent camping or kayaking or other outdoor activities.

I watched a video very early this morning about petroglyphs pecked in stone between 200 and 700 years ago. They are found throughout the Southwest.

“There are many theories to explain the meaning and purpose of petroglyphs, depending on their location, age, and the type of image. Some petroglyphs are thought to be astronomical markers, maps, and other forms of symbolic communications.

Petroglyph maps may show trails, symbols of communicating time and distances traveled, as well as the local terrain in the form of a river, landforms, and other geographic features. Some petroglyph images probably have deep cultural and religious significance for the societies that created them. In general, Native people believe the true meaning of these images should not be shared.” (

Although I found it interesting, I couldn’t relate to it.

I’m more interested in today’s human activity. I’m interested in people who pioneered or built towns and cities when my parents and grandparents were alive.

I live in Surprise, Arizona. How did this community get its name?

“The city was founded in 1938 by Flora Mae Statler, who named it Surprise as she ‘would be surprised if the town ever amounted to much.’ ”  

It only measured a square mile then. Today the city measures 85 square miles. Maybe a dozen folks populated back then, but in 2018 the population exceeds 200,000. Surprise area290

Originally designed for growing cotton and other crops, real estate developers quickly turned it into a retirement community. Located 20 miles northwest of Phoenix it has become a Phoenix bedroom community.

What about all those other Arizona towns? There are 91 incorporated cities and towns in Arizona. The population is more than five million.

By using the first letter of the alphabet, there are 21 other towns and cities I can visit in Arizona. Most are very small places where the common folk live.

Using the letter ‘A,’ Aguila is the first Arizona town. I found it interesting that their landmark feature was moved to Scottsdale, Az. Why? Maricopa Depot276

That would be a good reason to visit both Aguila and the Aguila Depot now located in Scottsdale. It’s part of the 40-acre railroad park and railroad museum. railroad park444

I’m curious and interested how these 21 Arizona towns and cities began and why folks live there today.

It’s now after five in the afternoon. Dennis didn’t make it to U-Haul in time yesterday. It has taken all day to have the trailer harness installed and then go to the bank to get the money.

We loaded his car with some Casita supplies, did a final safety check and then he drove off.  goodbye450

Goodbye My Last Dance, goodbye.

Although I no longer have the Casita, I’ve found my new adventure series.

I’ve mapped out all 21 locations. Most of them are long day trips.

Unfortunately, without the Casita; Eagar, Ganado, Page, Jacob Lake and Kaibito are too far to drive and return in a single day.

For those towns with first letters beginning with E, G, P, J, and K, I’ll probably substitute a closer town.

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