Like I said. There's always excitement that lies ahead when we go to Cave Creek, AZ to Camp Big Sal.
Last night I went to my first rodeo. I don't know if you can tell from the photo or not, but this big bull was really bucking "Bubba" right out of the gate. It was great fun, and we saw lots of cute cowboys!
Tonight, we were getting ready settle in for a quiet night with dinner outside by the camp fire. As we opened the patio door, both dogs shot out like a bat out of you know what. Before we knew it, they were gone -- as fast as Greyhounds. The worst part is that it was dark. Normally it would be ok, but in Zona after dark, there are lots of wild animals like javelinas, coyotes, road runners, bobcats, mountain lions and more. Big Sal's two black labs could be in serious trouble, especially the new puppy.
We all split up with flash lights and walked and walked and walked, calling their names, but to no avail. After about 30 minutes, here they came racing home from two different directions, panting, tongues hanging down to their knees and tails a waggin'. I'm not sure what we would have done had we not found them. I don't even want to think about it. They are safe and sound. (So are we for that matter! We could have been a mountain lion small snack.)
The other yearly excitement at Camp Big Sal is the discount shoppers we encounter. Every year, we travel down to "Last Chance" -- the only Nordstrom outlet in the country. If you're a serious bargain hunter, this deep, deep discount store is for you. But, you have to be willing to "get dirty" and handle the most experienced and aggressive shoppers who may steal merchandise from your shopping cart -- to get that $2.97 pair of cool earrings, the $29.99 pair of soft and toasty Ugg slippers or the $39.99 Juicy Couture handbag. Yes, imagine a store full of sly and cagey women. But it's well worth the trip if you're after great inexpensive loot.