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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday Snapshot {X Diamond Ranch}

One of my favorite places in Arizona.
A little out of the way.
A little unknown.
A little bit of history.
Just the way we like it.

X Diamond Ranch is a working cattle ranch that was owned and run by the Molly and John Butler, some pretty famous settlers in these parts.  It is still owned and run by their granddaughter, Wink.  It's just north of Greer, where the famous Molly Butler Lodge is.  Wink has turned part of X-Diamond Ranch into a bit of a museum and will give you a tour of the place.   And if you want to stay a while there are a few cabins to rent, fishing to do, and horseback riding too.  But we usually just come for the day.  Give 'em a call ahead of time if you're gonna swing by for a visit.  Just to make sure Wink will be there.

The Wallow Fire is now over, and do you remember this picture when we took our road trip about a month ago to see what the fire had done?  Look at it now!   I tried to take the two photos at exactly the same place.
Amazing how nature works!
We settled in for a picnic as the kiddos were getting pretty snarky hungry.
And some time to play in the creek!
This land really was this green!  This is honestly one of the most gorgeous pieces of land I've ever seen!  The monsoons have been producing rain daily and everything was alive and fertile!
Then we got the tour.  The boys were totally captivated for at least an hour by tales of cowboys and cattle rustlers, toe-tapping to real nickelodeons, and stories of how settlers lived at the turn of the century.
Meanwhile the rest of us just admired the surroundings.
And if that's not old enough history for you, then there's also an old huge ruin, think 500AD, to look around.
If you plan in advance, the folks at X-Diamond will even let you (and your kiddos!) help them dig here.  Yes, I mean dig in the dirt to try and discover ancient pots and arrow heads!  This archaeological site is on private property and offers advantages like this to regular ol' folks.  We've never done this, but it'd definitely on my bucket list!
Only a small percentage of this ruin has been excavated.  
Thank you, X-Diamond!  We'll be back next summer for sure!

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  1. What a fun place to go! Catching crawdads brings back memories of my childhood! :) Love the picture of Jude on the pipe fence! So cute!

  2. Looks like a great place to visit! Thanks for sharing. :-)

  3. Looks like a lot of fun and a very relaxing place to visit.

  4. It looks like you had a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a fun place that has something for everyone! The pictures are beautiful and it looks like you all had a great time.

  6. That was awesome and so were all of the pics. That one of Jude on the fence?!?!?!? I'm in love with that little guy.

  7. I want a whole weekend look around...and take pictures...and hang out with the family! It looks like SO much fun!

  8. Great photos Nancy. I guess my fave is the one of Tessa. She just has done an amazing turnaround since you brought her home. She looks truly happy and joyful in knowing that she is much loved - she glows from the inside as well as the outside (so pretty). And Jude....well, he is quite something also - and the rest of your kiddos.


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