Off-roading in Mescal, Az

If your looking for a new area to go off-roading, Check out Mescal Rd. It is only about a 40 minute drive from Tucson! Off exit 297. The road is about 16 miles. The first three is paved and the first eight is suitable for any car. As you head through the dirt road you will see the Rincon Mts that surround the valley. Also for hikers , you can go to Forest Rd 35 if you want to hike Miller trail, I also saw a sign that said Turkey trail. Here are some photos of this area.

I managed to get this photo from outside the gate, but there are many tracks off to the right Leading towards it! Another words, a small gate won’t stop people from going in!

This western movie studio had some big Hollywood stars and movies made here! This is called Old Tucson’s sister studio and has been standing for 50 years! It was used for the movie “Tombstone” the gunfight scene. The saloon was used for the movie “The quick and the dead” also “The three amigos” so it has had many many Hollywood actors and actresses!

Going up Mescal Rd
Along the side of the road
You will see ranches, lots of cows hanging out on the side of this rd., a couple ranches.
You can go through this gate, just close it when you go through, there is no, No trespassing sign!
A lot of tall trees everywhere, very pretty!

Well, the road goes on, but I won’t spoil the rest of this trip, you gotta check it out yourself! All that’s missing is water, I see a lot of campfire rocks built in different areas, but I did not see many “No trespassing “ signs, . So just use common sense when going. Have fun!!!!! Crank up the tunes and drive!

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Fall inspired with real pressed flowers in resin coasters!

Fall inspired with real pressed flowers in resin coasters!

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Once in a blue moon on Halloween 2020

Have you ever listened to the romantic song “Blue moon” by Ella Fitzgerald? It’s a song I catch myself singing lately. Why? Cause first, I love to sing, second is what this article is about!Okay, first I gotta sing, just kidding, no actually I can sing good😄 So what is a blue moon?

It is called this because it is the 2nd of two full moons in a month. The truth is the blue moon actually is not blue, it just looks it. And those photos you see are used by using a special blue camera, photoshop! The blue moon happens when our earth’s atmosphere contains a lot of smoke and dust, particles that are wider than 900 nanometers. Right now unfortunately the skies are full of dust and smoke from the fires going on. The next one will be August of 2021. So this Halloween, even for the ones who do not celebrate, go out and check it out and maybe take some shots , We want to see them on Desertexplorations.com! Of course with your permission!

Well I hope you liked this small article! Also, my Pumpkin pie spice candles are gonna be blue not orange, as a tribute to the blue moon!

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Vanessa Sondgeroth

Pumpkins come in different colors not just orange!

All my life, I thought Pumpkins only came out orange! After thinking about what color to make my pumpkin pie spice soy candles, I thought well, I love orange but why not be different and make them different from all the other orange candles.

I discovered that archaeologists found the oldest seeds in the highland jungles of Oaxaca, Mexico. Originating from over 8, 000 years ago and they were not orange. The photo below shows the different colored pumpkins , aren’t the gorgeous?!!!!! So lovely!

Beautiful colors!!! The blue Grey ones come from Australia and are known to be really sweet!!

Now, the common orange gets its color from beta- carotene that are turned into vitamin A. Great for vision and great for baking deserts as well as the grey blue ones that I would love to use in baking deserts!!! We also have the healthy green acorn squash and yellow. I love a nice spaghetti squash for dinner! So, hopefully you learned something new today! Thanks for reading and will be writing more informative articles! And remember donations always accepted to my Cashapp @Desertexpl

Places in Arizona that would be great to make a horror flick or more!

Growing up in this great state, and exploring all kinds of ghost towns and abandoned places, I have seen some creepy places you wouldn’t expect a lady to go check out! But for me, it gives Me an adrenaline rush, and I know first hand and been to the places where a horror movie could be made! Also, I do love some horror movies around Halloween. So, I will start with Ruby ghost town! I wrote an article and it has a lot of photos I took in that article, go read it! Just imagine being there at night, omg, seriously creepy as f&@$!!!!!

Another place I have been to and actually spent the night was at the Jerome hotel! Just knowing this place use to be a hospital with a lot of death! Although I did not encounter any paranormal activity, I did hear the pipes make a lot of noise! I think a horror or thriller would be great at this location!!!!

Okay now here is a place where satanic rituals happened for real! And I personally went to visit, and it’s called the Casa grande domes! I wrote article about it, you can read and see the photos I took.

During the day it’s not as scary as it would be at night

Another place that’s falling apart is on Route 66 Meteor city. Then you got Swansea way out in the desert! Now that would be a great spot to direct a zombie movie! I got an article with photos of it as well, you will see me standing in the middle of the Swansea buildings!!!! Read article on Swansea ghost town and learn about its history!

The abandoned Seneca lake, on 260 on way to White Mts., I posted a video of it on my site.How about way out in our pine forests???? Two guns would be cool for a horror flick! Where do you think would be a place to make a horror movie? Well let us all hear your ideas please! Arizona is full of places that are creepy! Share yourscary stories with me and The audience! Ok guys, hope you enjoyed this article! Please share and and yes if any of you can, I have a cash app at $desertexpl, so please any amount really helps! Thank you for subscribing to my website and have a great weekend everyone and keep exploring! Regards, Vanessa Rossi-Sondgeroth

Flowers & seashells Coasters

These coasters are absolutely stunning! Inside it, you will see seashells, white flowers, gold, green and blue glitter. Look at these photos and you decide if you want to add these attention grabbers in your home! These will be available next week and you will love them!

They truly shine!
One of a kind classy and eclectic coasters!

Available now for purchase at Rossi Coasters & Candles in my Shopify store! Also, these are made to order for special events as well, like a wedding reception, an anniversary gift or other special occasions! These are sure to make you happy!!!!

We can work on a good deal if you wish, thank you! Vanessa@ vanessarossisondgeroth@gmail.com

West clear creek

As you all know, many places are closed and it really has been a pain for the nature lovers!We want to escape this heAt and walk trails!

Now, I have been to Flaggstaff numerous times and I gotta say Happy Jack is my favorite area! So green and the temperature is always nice. I am tired of the desert heat and after seeing the photos of West Clear creek, I am excited to announce, we are going next week! Yay!

West clear creek is 15,238 of gorgeous scenery all around! I found some images I wanted to share with you, so you can see why I am so excited to go!


So, now you all know a great place to escape the desert and hike, West Clear creek May be an ideal place! I will let you know next week how it goes and take lots of pics! Stay posted! Also, I own Rossi Coasters & Candles as well, but right now I am waiting on my inventory and will be selling Orange Blossom , Mango & Coconut milk and Cinnamon Vanilla soy candles in a few weeks guys! Plus I make gorgeous coasters, share the news peeps and have a great week!

Vanessa Sondgeroth