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I am an Associate Broker, Realtor® with Long Realty West Valley, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate.
I specialize in real estate sales in Arizona West Valley Golf Retirement Communities.
I have Bachelor of Science Degrees in Chemistry and Biology and a Masters Degree in Business Administration with Project Management concentration.

As a year-round Sun City Grand resident and full-time Associate Broker Realtor®, I can help you buy and/or sell real estate in the golf retirement communities of Sun City Grand, Sun City West, Corte Bella, Arizona Traditions, Sun City Festival, PebbleCreek and Trilogy at Vistancia.
Buyers and sellers receive what they desire when selecting me as their estate agent:
an experienced, dedicated, well-educated, professional local Realtor® who specializes in real estate in Arizona golf retirement communities.


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Trick or Treat ?

It’s October already!  We slip into the month of pumpkins. Where I come from the leaves would be at peak turn, nights now crisp with a whiff of warming wood fires in the air.  Little goblins and goblinettes would be thinking already of Halloween costumes and candy stashes to come; moms baking cookies shaped like bats and cats.  Dad might even rent a scary movie for family night. I must admit I haven’t totally outgrown all that. Maybe that is what drew me recently to take a little day trip to places with names like Bloody Basin and Skull valley.  I had hoped to cap it off with an evening visit to a purported “haunted” hotel in Jerome, but ran out of steam by mid-afternoon of back-roading. However, I did return to a night with a rare “blood moon.” It was kind of eerie but beautiful.

All this to say that initially I was primed to then sit down and write a “sp-0-0-ky” October blog, but by the time I actually got around to it, it was another day and 103 out, and sweating even in my Bermuda’s it was hard to write about wisps of fog and something chilling crawling out of them. So how about we just settle for “quirky,” an iced tea, and a few tips for a couple of fun “graffiti-centered” day trips.  Deface what Ancients painted on Arizona rocks, and you can be fined thousands. Try and paint your own stuff on Arizona rocks nowadays, and you can also be fined thousands. So forget the “tricks” stuff, play it safe and just enjoy what others in long past and near present have gotten away with.  From the whimsical to the sublime, it’s all just a day (or two) drive away.  The grandkids would enjoy the giant frog, duck, and grinning skull. Pack a picnic lunch, sunscreen, camera, and plenty of cold drinks, and head up Hwy 60 to Wickenburg. At Wickenburg fork north on 89 like you were heading to Prescott. Just north of downtown Congress you’ll come to your first stop.  You can’t miss it. Off to the left on the hillside you’ll see the giant green frog, with froggy eyes and grin, and a big white belly.  This big boy is some 16 feet high, and I was told by a local weighs about 60 tons, though how he weighed a frog that big I don’t know.  What I do know is that the frog-shaped rock got its first coat of green either in 1926 or 1929. My sources couldn’t agree, but they did in saying the lady who painted it was named Sara Perkins. She and her two sons “did the deed.”  Sara was the wife of an Arizona newspaper publisher and state politician.  Nobody I asked remembered his name, but they did Sara’s.  What’s that tell you? Anyhow, said frog has appeared in everything from travelogues to Arizona Highways magazine.  When colors start to fade, locals sneak out and refresh the paint, laws be dammed.

From frog rock, continue north a bit on Hwy 89 to a left turn onto Date Creek Road.

This is a well-graded dirt road maintained by the county. A few miles in you’ll come around a bend to a grinning twelve-foot tall or so white skull. Measurements may be a bit off, I didn’t hike up to the rock to check. It looked too snakey.  But I can vouch that the rock was featured in the book Weird Arizona.  Supposedly railroad crews charged with maintaining the signs through this desolate area painted this skull-shaped rock around 1900 as a prank to spook passengers riding the Santa Fe line.  Like frog rock, whenever colors start to fade, the skull is mysteriously repainted, some say on October nights by residents of Hillside, a ghost town up the line a piece.  For your outing, continue (in daylight) on up Date Creek Road through Hillside hamlet towards Yava.  Keep your eyes open scanning the arid landscape, and there, roosting among the volcanic rock and prickly pear you’ll spot a huge white duck with a red-orange bill.  It must confound the local coyotes something terrible,  appearing so plump and juicy and all, but being so tough.  Onwards!

Past Yava, at Kirkland Creek, turn right onto the Thompson Valley road heading towards Kirkland, but turn left when you come to Iron Springs Rd. (heads to Prescott via Skull Valley).  Sound confusing?  That’s one of the reasons I didn’t make it to Jerome that trip. Anyhow, at the highpoint on Iron Springs Rd. just before the turnoff to Highland Pines is a very tall potato-shaped rock painted to look like I’m not sure what, maybe a clown, or maybe just a patriotic potato. Anyhow, the “thing” is all spruced up in red, white and blue colors, and when I saw it had a couple of American flags sticking out where arms would be.  Strange, yes, but not unusual in desolate hill country where you come around the bend miles from anywhere and see cactuses or Palo Verdes festooned with tinsel and Christmas tree ornaments. From the top of Iron Springs Rd. you can loop back to 89 and meander home.  You can only see so many painted rocks in a day and keep it together.  Oh, there is a great little Pizza joint in Peebles Valley, called the T-Bird Cafe.  You can’t miss it unless you blink. Peebles Valley downtown is about a block long. The T-Bird is kind of seedy looking from the outside, with quirky curved windows, one of them with a long duct taped cracked.  But inside you’ll find a good fresh salad and a meatball sandwich to kill for, if the Skull Rock rattlers hadn’t already done the job.  Well fortified, you’re now ready to tackle the steep grade down past Yarnell.  On the descend, you’ll come to a sharp curve on 89 where on the cliff side someone painted a white elephant.  Why an elephant?  Well, why a frog or white duck?  Arizona marches to it’s own drummer.  You’ll march home tired, but having had a fun day.

If you have a few days to spare, and want to experience Arizona rock art kicked up a notch, and see similarities and differences on the same themes (mountain sheep, snakes, sun shapes, medicine wheels, women, etc.) executed centuries apart, first visit Painted Rock Petroglyph site 18 miles west by northwest of Gila Bend (in the Painted Rock Mountains), or even the petroglyphs locally here in the White Tanks, and then swing way north towards Kingman and on to the town of Chloride to check out the rock art of internationally acclaimed Roy Purcell.  Roy originally painted his vivid rock murals in the 1960’s, but they have been repainted since.  Will any of these 20th. Century rock painting be around thousands of years from now, as some of the Ancient’s “graffiti” still is?  Probably not, but then again, this is Arizona, and stranger things have happened. Trick or treat? Here it can be both.

Sun City Grand Resident,

Anthony De La Torre

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