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After spending nearly a month in Europe, it feels pretty darn good to be back in the States and driving on the correct side of the road. Why they’re different… who knows.

After being gone for so long, I wasn’t really up for anymore traveling, but since it had been a while since my last postings, I thought I go somewhere for an afternoon. A friend of mine long ago visited a modern built sundial just about half an hour outside of Phoenix. I thought that was kind of nifty and it’s been on my list of places to visit.

Ironically, while the title of this post is Cave Creek, the sundial is actually located in Carefree, not quite a mile from the Cave Creek city limits. The Sundial was erected in 1959 by John Yellott, but designed by Architect Joe Wong… thanks Wikipedia. Upon arrival the center in which the sundial sat was nearly completely empty, therefore it made it the perfect photoshoot opportunity for the tester I had that week, a Buick Cascada convertible.

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However, with temps sticking to 115 degrees, this really was no place for the roof to be down. I lowered the roof for the shoot, and put it back up upon leaving. Since I did drive all this way, I thought I would cruise around town and see what kind of trouble I could get into. Cave Creek was once known as a cowboy town, but now it’s become a touristy hotspot for Northerners and East Coast travelers. Most of the shops are artistic stores with useless overpriced junk. Can you tell I stopped at a couple to check them out?

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Before heading back out, I did stop at a local favorite, the Horny Toad. It is one of the few restaurants that my friends and I stop at when we roll through town. This was the first time I was on my own. So I got myself a sarsaparilla and the pulled pork sandwich.

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This wasn’t a long trip and the drive was fairly boring to get there. If I wasn’t feeling so lazy, I could have gone the extra 10 miles to a wonderful mountain road… but hey it’s hot here and all that was on my mind was cold shower and a nap under the fan.