Firecracker Weekend Cornhole Tourney On Tap

Another Week in the Creek

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Christopher Creek may not be Eden or Paradise, but it certainly could fill in The Gap. You ask Why? Well, first of all, Yuma look long and hard to find a more Friendly Corner of the Globe. What other Arizona City offers the cool Pine, the trickling water and the spectacular views we have. Old or Young, bring your wife, Florence, or your husband, Dewey, and sit down next to a Happy Jack drinker and order a Strawberry margarita or maybe just a shot of Rye. You may bring your Valentine, come here to spend your Honeymoon or perhaps celebrate Christmas in one of the cabins. Sunrise bouncing off the Promontory is as spectacular as finding your favorite Constellation in our clear, dark nighttime skies. A cloudy Sunset may provide you with quite a Show Low on the western horizon.

Central to this theme is whether you are looking for a Forest Lake or brookside setting you will find everything a Walker, hiker or fisherman could ask for. Hunters Point to this area as a prime location for elk and wild turkey. Don’t show your Surprise if a Deer Springs out across your path. Sorry no campfires right now and if you do, you’re gonna Pay, son.

You won’t be Blue as you will renew Hope and gain Inspiration breathing in our fresh air and the smell of the Pinon Pine. It shouldn’t take an act of Congress, so before they start carving your Tombstone and you turn the final Page, strap on your Two Guns or your Bowie knife, if that tickles your fancy, and get up here for a Carefree weekend. You will find yourself Eagar to Roll back this way. Thanks, and have a Goodyear. (There was another line with Winkelman in it, but trust me, you didn’t want to see that one.)

Fewer folks, more food

The fellas had everything set up — the meadow mowed and the barbecues cooking by the time the first of the potluck picnickers began arriving. The afternoon temperatures were quite pleasant and the winds had died down. The big tent provided ample shade. There was plenty of good food, but there just weren’t enough people there to eat it all. Attendance is normally 80 folks or more, but Saturday about 50 enjoyed the afternoon affair. Conversation centered on the Jack’s Canyon fire and the small fire on top of Promontory Point.

Mike and Mary made their first picnic and Mimi was there, but it was not her first! Sandy and Jack, Bea and her son John with his wife were there, as was John Paul and his parents. He’s one of our favorite kids. Greg and Becky, Dean and Genny, and Eric and Nancy were in attendance. Bud Light John handled the oldies and Kat helped out.

Thanks goes to the CCHOA officers, Chuck, Irma and Gary along with the worker bees Dean, Michael, Greg and Mitchell for putting on a great event. My view is the fewer who show up the more food there is to go around!

Upcoming events

From Sheila down at Tall Pines Market comes this announcement about a Firebelles’ Book and Bake sale. Those gals get going about 9 a.m., tomorrow, down under the canopy at the old filling station. Then on June 30, if you order a pizza, $2 will be donated to the 100 Club. You better stop and see Sheila about the details and tell her how skinny she is!

From Josh at the Landmark come the details of the inaugural Firecracker Weekend Cornhole Tourney. First and second place pays and you pick your own team. The double-elimination entry fee is $20 a team and all money is paid out. That’s Saturday, July 5, at 2 p.m. on the cornhole apron of the Landmark. Contact Josh at (480) 440-4210 for details. And remember, that’s the day of the Christopher Creek Independence Day Parade. Entries assemble between the market and the Landmark at 10:30 a.m. The parade starts promptly at 11 a.m. and follows the regular route through the Creek terminating at the Landmark where they are hosting free ice cream for the kids.

Fish fry fun

Left out last week was our visit to the fish fry down in the big park. They were having a regular testosterone convention on my arrival. The battered bass was cooking in the fat and the aroma was phenomenal. Two TVs were going ... one with the playoffs and the other showing the D-Backs. Bo has one of these events at least once a year when he invites the guys up. There were nine of them to begin with and more arrived later. Kenn and his wife Pat showed up and soon Bo’s wife, Elsa, got home from her shift at Safeway. The fish was absolutely remarkable as was Bo’s pasta salad.

What was humorous, as Elsa pointed out, six of the guys were paired off showing one another photos on their phones. A testament to the age of the assembled group was that the pictures they were sharing were big fish!

“I caught this seven-pounder at Alamo and this one I caught up at Lee’s Ferry.”

“This one I got on the Salt arm ... ’bout 18 pounds.”

It was quite aptly described by one of the gals as “fish porn” ... and that’s another week in the Creek.

An added note

P.S. We just learned that John Matus, legendary Creekside restaurateur, has been placed in a care center in Payson. Best wishes from everybody, John.

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