Weekend Getaway to Patagonia City & Lake State Park

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One of my weekend getaways; this time however it was not an entire weekend because we were unable to get a reservation to camp at Patagonia Lake State Park. The camp grounds were fully booked, so I deceide to hava an all day picnic by the lake. It was a beautiful day, 70 degrees with a brisk wind that kept everything fresh yet sunny. The road trip from Sierra Vista to Patagonia state park is about an hour and twenty minutes. It took us longer however  because we made a stop in Patagonia town for coffee and hotdogs at Gathering Grounds Cafe. I had forgotten how much I used to love going there for coffee and soup when I was a TA at the Patagonia Montessori School.

After coffee and hotdogs, we walked around making stops at the Patagonia Memorial Garden, the Butterfly Garden, Mesquite Grove Gallery, and then to the Richardson Park where the children enjoyed playing on the swings. We did not take long at the park seeing as we were headed to the Lake and wanted to maximize on the time we had left in the day. It was 12:30 or so when we got back in the car and headed off to the State Park. Along the wyaof course we made another stop to visit the Telles Family Shrine and the John Ward's Ranch Historic Site.

The winding road ahead was soothing and it felt like driving in the Italian country side, except for the brown instead of green fooliage. We paid entrance fees because it is a State and not Federal Park. We buy an annual pass for all National Parks (Federal Parks), which is cheaper and allows us entrance to any National Park within the United States. I recommend doing that if you travel as much as we do withint he US and visit National Parks.

We found a great spot by the lakeside and set up our picnic and enjoyed the rest of the day, leaving at half past 5:00 pm.

PS: Do not leave for tomorrow, what you can do today!

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