Chiricahua “sky islands”scenic road Pinery Canyon into Cave Creek canyon is magnificent

As you know, I love off-roading and finding awesome and interesting places! Yesterday, Was a great drive out to Chiricahua Mts. But this time, we went right on Pinery Canyon road at the entrance of the Chiricahua national monument, and it was spectacular!!!!! First, let’s learn how the Chiricahua Mts. Were formed about 27 million years ago and happened as a volcanic convulsion that blew 100 square miles of molten rock. The areas history has a violent past, if you follow interstate 9, stop at Columbus was where Pancho Villa and his guerrillas attacked a U.S. camp on March 9th, 1916 during the Mexican/American war. You will find a lot more on the history! Also, Portal was named after a prospector by the name of Duffener who found a cave at the mouth of Cave creek.

The drive gives you magnificent views of the forest floor and takes you up to high slopes of the Chiricahuas! You will encounter a lot of white-tailed deer! So be careful, they come out of nowhere! You may also see black bears or Coatimundi.

This is an off-road, and a high clearance vehicle is the best way to go! All birdwatchers, you must go here! The Riperian areas are filled with many different species of birds! If your looking to go camping, think about going to Pinery Canyon, even though the creeks are dry, it’s still a very beautiful and peaceful place! This drive is about 25 miles one way and worth every mile!

On our way into Portal, we saw this chimney on the side of the road
This building dates back to 1900
Coming to the end or beginning of Portal, Az. , shows the Chiricahua rock formations, It is an amazing scenic drive!

If you want to go, here are the directions from Interstate 10, go east, and go 139 miles (you will hit the New Mexico border onto SR80, turn right onto Portal Rd., which turns into forest rd. #42 and continue 24 miles to state route 181 for an optional detour about 12 miles west of Portal, turn left on forest rd. 42D and continue 2 miles to a fork, Left fork leads to Rustler Park, while the right leads to Barfoot Park. Another way, is head to Wilcox, take the Chiricahua Natl monument interstate, and head towards the Mt. , once you get.there, you will see a sign off to the right, Pinery canyon rd.

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No reason to go to Los Angeles, it’s trashy!

After going to the beautiful city of Santa Barbara, also known as the “American Riviera”, and watching the Fourth of July fireworks that I Videotaped just for you guys, we headed out to Los Angeles thinking it would be exciting! I have always wanted to check out Sunset Blvd and the Hollywood stars “walk of fame” out on Sunset blvd. Let me tell you, there’s quite a difference from Santa Barbara and L.A! While driving up Sunset blvd, you can actually smell the stench of Urine!

It’s quite sad, to see all the homeless people living on the bridges, so the governor of Los Angeles is doing a bad job of cleaning up the streets.. I don’t know much about Governor Newsom, but just by driving around Los Angeles, there needs to be something done. I know a lot of people are homeless in California. Wtf happened? I use to love it in California!

And yes, we went up the Hollywood hills where the houses are all gorgeous and pristine. But below that Hollywood sign is not as we imagine and it sure isn’t what it used to be, unfortunately, Here, I share the photos I took . I am showing you the good and the bad of Los Angeles. Now, you can decide for yourself if you want to visit or live in Los Angeles, I am humble and blessed to live in Arizona, and so grateful to be where I am now.

Beautiful up in the Hollywood hills!
Fun going up! Sad going down!
Then below Hollywood, are people living in tents on bridges!

Over populated, rich get richer, poor get neglected, very very sad! So, there you have it, The California I knew back in the 80’s and 90’s is gone. It’s the sad truth but it is what it is!

Hope you enjoyed this article and please share and follow our travels!!!! Next article on Desertexplorations is about Chiricahua, Pinery canyon and Portal, a great scenic drive to check out!

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Vanessa Rossi-Sondgeroth

An exploration of Santa Barbara, Ca and the scenic drive!

Hey everyone! This heat has driven me to look for a place that has temps of 60’s to 70’s all year long, and we are going to find that out by going there! This is one place that’s not to far from Arizona to escape this boiling temp! It’s about an 8 hour drive. We will let you know where we will stay and give you prices. I am going to be sharing photos and you will see what we see! I will let you know when we are going soon! Have a great day!