by Suzanne Pickett Martinson
Celebrating the Essence of Southwest Living
There are many reasons to love Cave Creek, Carefree, and North Scottsdale, and one of them is putting on a vibrant show right now. The yellow blossoms of native Palo Verde and Mesquite trees, brittlebush and desert marigold wildflowers blanket the landscape against the backdrop of majestic Saguaro and red-plumed ocotillo. Include the mountain vistas, stunning sunrises and sunsets and it is no wonder that so many photographers choose this desert foothills region to capture the essence of the Southwest. Likewise, it is no surprise that this area is home to residents who value wide-open spaces replete with stunning natural beauty.
At a higher elevation than the Phoenix-Metro area, Cave Creek and its surrounding towns enjoy cooler temperatures throughout the year, greatly appreciated during the hot summer when even five degrees make the difference between living life, and just getting through it. These cooler temperatures provide more opportunities for outdoor activities such as gardening, hiking, organized sports, horseback riding, biking, and outdoor dining with family and friends.
The Southwest lifestyle is also evident in the type of home design and architecture found throughout these desert foothills. Whether it be historic ranch charm or sophisticated contemporary, in a planned neighborhood or on sprawling acreage, close to town or in the expansive desert, what stands out clear: the people of the region harbor a genuine respect for nature, appreciate individuality, and love the Arizona environment and western culture.
Close enough to the Phoenix Metropolitan amenities and Sky Harbor airport yet far enough away to soak up the genuine warmth of the people who live and work here, Cave Creek, Carefree, and North Scottsdale offer unique shopping and dining experiences as well as a wide variety of cultural and special events and exploring opportunities on horseback, motorcycles, bikes, in jeeps or hiking throughout the year. Fine resorts and quaint hotels offer visitors a taste of Southwest living, prompting some of those visitors to eventually make this area their home.
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by Suzanne Pickett Martinson
Our Darling Clementine is from back east.
“What cowboys say makes no sense to me. Whatever do they mean?”
The latest "Cowboy Lingo" from Clementine. To win, please provide Clementine with meanings for all of the following cowboy lingo phrases:
"He throws too much dust."
"He knows how to die standin’ up."
"He et gravel without stoopin’. "
"He’s paperbacked and full of butter."
"He can make the calico crack."
"He couldn’t hit the ground with his hat in three tries."
"He couldn’t hit a bull’s ass with a banjo."
Send your answers to Clementine at
She’ll print the best answers and choose a winner. The winner will receive a prize such as a local merchant coupon or music CD.
Clementine will give you more phrases that puzzle her.
She’d love to learn more cowboy slang, so send her some phrases you’ve picked up...
“Where The Wild West Lives.”
While the corporate bike world that dominates Phoenix fights amongst each other to see who can sell the most $5 cans of beer during Arizona Bike Week, the real bikers will take their party north of town to the rural hamlet of Cave Creek for 10 days, March 20-29. Biker Central, of course, will be The Hideaway Bar & Grill, with a ton of bands, bike builders and half-naked women seeping out through all edges of the club and onto Cave Creek Blvd. Up the street a half block, at The Hideaway's sister bar, The Tap Haus, one of the top builders in the country, Azzkikr Custom Baggers, will be hanging out.
Led by Len Edmondson, Azzkikr Customs had a starring role in the short-livedBiker Battleground Phoenix television series. Beyond his own custom designs that will be on display at the Cave Creek Rally, Edmondson praised the bike building talent that Hideaway owner Mark Bradshaw was bringing to Cave Creek for the annual bike rally, calling it “genuine and pure.”
“It's the premier destination for Bike Week,” Edmondson said, noting the some of the top bike builders in the country will be in Cave Creek. “There will be the who's who of builders there.”
Edmondson said he will bring over a million dollars worth of bikes to the event, primarily baggers, his signature style.
Azzkikr will hold an open house and tour of their shop at 22410 N. 18th Drive in Phoenix, from 10 a.m. until noon on March 25. After the open house, the Azzkikr team will lead a ride to the Tap Haus where there will be a full day of builders, vendors, giveaways, photo ops and music by Sour Diesel Trainwreck beginning at 1 p.m.