Road to Carefree Az.
I am alone at home with the our cat, Gracie. Of course my wife decided to go to Ca. to see our 2 girls, leaving me here while she is out having a ball and spending my paycheck. I didn’t mind, as I went to a place outside the Phoenix area called Bartlett Dam. I was originally going to Horseshoe Dam, but the road had been washed out from all the heavy rains we’ve had over the past couple of weeks. I packed up my cameras and went looking for the ultimate lake shot. There was some beautiful scenery on the way, and I did stop and take some landscapes. The road leading off to Horseshoe Dam was on the coming up on the left so I decided to check it out. It didn’t look overly traveled and the further I went I soon found out why. The paved road ended about a mile from the intersection and it was dirt/gravel mix. It was a little soft and I did not want to get stuck in the sand, so I made a 5 point turn, only because the road edges had fallen prey to 1-2 foot ditches. Once I made the turn back, I proceed to Bartlett Dam which was about 5 or so miles further ahead.
Bartlett Dam, northeast of Phoenix.
Mazatzal mountains near Carefree Az.
The sky was getting very washed out with the overcast and as time passed, it began to get dark. I made it to Bartlett Lake and I must say, it was huge. Not very picturesque, but large none the less. I took a few shots and started back home. I only did this as the road back had many deep dips and I did not want to get caught in a flash flood or just plain flooded roads and not be able to get through. There were some good shots of the town of Carefree, so I pulled over and took some. It was rather hazy and the sky very boring, Rather than dig out my Grad ND filters, I opted for my ND’s and took the shots. It helped the images, but I was not overly impressed. I knew I should have taken out the Grad’s, but alas, hindsight is very good after the fact.
My returns home today, and of course, as luck would have it, I got a call last night that I am needed in to teach one student a half day session. I found out that the individual who was scheduled to teach the entire day, had to fill in for the union president on the labor board negotiations for our contract. I hate when this kind of stuff happens. Oh well, what can I do. I should not feel bad about it, as I am only working 4 days this month, which now means 4.5 days.
4 miles north of Carefree Az.