Sunday, December 23, 2007
If you live in Queen Creek then you probably make a trip to Apache Junction now and again. This weekend I was doing a little banking and last minute shopping and stopped for lunch at one of my favorite little restaurants in Apache Junction.
The restaurant is called Cafe' Laguna. It serves authentic Native American Cuisine. The food is good and authentic. I LOVE Frybread. Cafe' Laguna has excellent frybread and many combinations from lunch platters to desert fry bread. It will cost about $5-$7 for lunch with a drink. Fry bread desserts run $2.99 - $3.99. Good and fresh.
This restaurant is a casual no frills place. The food is great though. Next time you are in Apache Junction, stop by. The address is 11518 E. Apache Trail, Suite 127 on the NW corner of Meridian and Apache Trail. Open Tuesday through Saturday.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Sheep grazing on Arizona Farms Rd.
Road construction on Queen Creek.Encanterra Golf Club and Gated Community, coming along nicely.
Another early drive through construction on Ocotillo. Can anyone do anything to make the turn lane lights longer at Ironwood and Ocotillo? 3 cars turning left per light is horrid.
See you Monday morning in QC traffic. Expect delays in getting out of town!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Support your local restaurants - especially the good ones like Sushi Creek in Queen Creek.
Location 21805 S. Ellsworth Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85242
Friday, December 7, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
I admit. I'm a totall rubbernecker in traffic. A rubbernecker for birds that is. I'm surprised thatI have not been in an accident yet (Thank God).Fat Hawk on his morning perch.
You lookin' at me?Another local bird strutting his stuff on the side of the road - Beep Beep!
Take time to notice the little things around you. The payoffs can be huge. (Especially if you love to watch birds)
Sunday, October 21, 2007
See you in bumper to bumper traffic on Monday!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
I checked my walk score in Queen Creek and we made a miserable 34 to of 100. Photo: The Pork Shop - On my list for Best of Queen Creek - but can we walk there?
Admittedly, I drive everywhere. I know I am not the only one. Believe me, if I could walk to a restaurant, bookstore, movie theater or shop I would. For one thing I need the extra exercise to offset the amount of time I spend sitting on my posterior during my commute and then for eight hours at my uber interesting office job in central Phoenix.
So, what does my walk score mean? I let the website tell me what I already know....
Your Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100. The walkability of an address depends on how far you are comfortable walking—after all, everything is within walking distance if you have the time. Here are general guidelines for interpreting your score:
90 - 100 = Walkers' Paradise: Most errands can be accomplished on foot and many people get by without owning a car.
70 - 90 = Very Walkable: It's possible to get by without owning a car.
50 - 70 = Some Walkable Locations: Some stores and amenities are within walking distance, but many everyday trips still require a bike, public transportation, or car.
25 - 50 = Not Walkable: Only a few destinations are within easy walking range. For most errands, driving or public transportation is a must.
0 - 25 = Driving Only: Virtually no neighborhood destinations within walking range. You can walk from your house to your car!
I implore our city and county planners to keep walking in mind. It's so sad that we have to drive everywhere. Wouldn't it be nice if our kids could ride their bikes on sidewalks and trails to a store or their friends houses only one or two sub-divisions away? I know when we purchased our house the model homes all had nice sidewalks and the developed street did too. When our home was built, surprise - no sidewalks. Feel free to walk in the street suckers.
Photo: Encanterra - coming soon. ( www.encanterra.com ) Get pumped you golf freaks!
Photo: Looking East on Combs.
Empty field across from Encanterra - just ripe for development.
As always - see you in Monday morning traffic. Looking forward to sharing the road with another 2,400 people. -QCEVO
Sunday, September 30, 2007
We live in a fast moving society. I'd like to suggest one of my favorite Queen Creek stopped on a rural road for no reason stress busters. I turn down the radio and roll down the window that faces the side of the road. There are a few fields that have wonderful flocks of singing birds in the morning. You can see them swooping low. Listen closely and you may hear a beautiful chorus of songbirds. We have some wonderful red winged blackbirds that sing beautifully right on the side of the road. Simply wonderful.
This week I broke my own rule. I took Ironwood North in the morning. Two days were decent. they have opened up the lanes but then as you approach Apache Junction it narrows down to one lane again and there is a bottleneck. One day last week I noticed that the traffic was being diverted and got off the grid just in time. I had to back track to Ocotillo and lost 15 minutes. Hmmmm, do you think I was late for work?
Unfinished road Ocotillo and Signal Butte
A truck demonstrating how to kick up dust. I wish I could keep my car clean.Queen CreekRoad
This just popped up. West side of Ellsworth at Pecos.
East side of Gantzel. Major construction in the distance.This structure is finally showing some progress at Gantzel and Combs
Friday, September 21, 2007
Greetings from Queen Creek. I saw a notice in Queen Creek newspaper the Queen Creek Independent. The title was ARE YOU A BLOGGER? GET A NEWSZAP LINK! They stated that they were looking into broadening their list of columnists and bloggers. They continued, If you are a local blogger please visit www.newszap.com/queencreek and add a link. The newspaper will consider publishing timely postings as news or commentaries on its pages.
Sounds great! I went to their site and checked it out. Only one other blogger from Queen Creek and this progressive individual is posting a blog regarding the local music scene. Pretty cool. Music is good.
So I signed up as a blogger. I have not shown up on the site yet. I know not everyone will like my views but I hope I don't get run out of blog town.
Well, enough about me.... This week I experienced some personal road rage. No one was harmed but my car was filled with curse words. I'm sure I am not alone, but since the Ironwood road project began I have searched for the quickest route to I-60 from Queen Creek. I have been so late for work so many times when I try to take Ironwood that I have sworn off it in the mornings as it is too unpredictable. Some days I just cannot make a quick escape to my high paying sexy job in greater Phoenix.
The line to Ellsworth or should I say Hellsworth.
Most days it takes me about 30 minutes to get out of Queen Creek and onto the freeway. Believe me, I've tried them all. Ocotillo to Power and North to the 60. Rittenhouse to Power, cut through Williams Gateway Airport to Power to the 60. The list goes on. Each time I find a new route and get into the groove some new road construction pops up and messes with my plan to hit the high road.
My new favorite route is Ocotillo to Signal Butte, to Queen Creek, to Ellsworth. Quick going if you can get to Ellsworth before the school buses hit the road. If you are there at about 7 am (which is late for me) you are more than likely going to be stuck in a long line of traffic at this intersection. This week I spent 20 minutes in line for a drive of 1.2 miles. This intersection even has a light. I have no idea why this is such a bottleneck. All I know is that it stinks and it has made me late for work on more than one occasion.
The Queen Creek Indepedent lists upcoming road improvements in the area and boy are they expensive. $77,000 for improvements at Ocotillo and Sossaman,. another $190,000 for installation of a traffic signal there. Another $197,800 for installation of another light at Ocotillo & Hawes. This is currently a four way stop. There is a plan for some construction and Rittenhouse, Combs and Riggs to improve the railroad right of way and an additional $789,000 allotted by the Town of Queen Creek for a sewer line at Queen Creek Rd from Crismon to east of Signal Butte. And that's just the roads! Something to look forward too. I JUST WANT TO GET TO THE 60 SO I CAN GET TO WORK and pay for my new house in Queen Creek!
A view of the home offerings from my car. Many options for future loan defaults.
QC's stylish industrial style telephone poles. - Fugly? You be the judge.
More and more zoning signs appearing on farm land. This one is for 113 lots on 73 acres. Sounds cozy. But will they have sidewalks?An interesting alternative to cell phone towers. I have seen a few of these around the Phoenix area and they fascinate me. Can you tell which one is the real palm?
Well enough blog rage for today. Please enjoy some recent photos of the area. Don't get me wrong, there are good things going on in Queen Creek. I guess I will have to blog about it sometime. Thanks for listening.