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Rod Britain

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Spring is busting out in the Creek

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek warmed up this week. The dab of snow a week ago didn’t leave but two-tenths in the rain gauge. Tomato seedlings are two inches high, tulips have bloomed, as has the pear tree. House wrens have settled in the birdhouses and are serenading in the early mornings.

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A slice of heaven on the Mogollon Rim

Another Week in the Creek

No, it’s Christopher Creek. Quite a number of folks around here have expressed their support of the idea that the Creek is much closer to paradise than, say, the Valley!

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Christopher Creek gets in your blood

Another Week in the Creek

Once Christopher Creek gets in your blood, there is no longer any immunity and certainly no cure. One must take care, however, to enjoy what we have and not overlook the little things. Sure, each year brings about some of the same rituals and expectations. On the other side of the coin, there are those new to the Creek who are about to experience and appreciate these things for the first time.

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Wind no match for St. Patrick’s celebrations

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek had some wind over last weekend. How much wind was there, you ask? Well, it would have blown your hat in the creek. It was absolutely fierce. It gusted hard enough to blow the fuzz off the pussy willows.

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Water’s up and so’s the javelina count

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is home to a growing number of javelina this season. There appears to be a bumper crop of offspring and we now have four adults and five babies roaming around.

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20 go to Valley wedding

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek was well represented in Old Town Scottsdale last Friday night. Samone and Josh Flores were wed with upwards of 150 well-wishers witnessing the ceremony.

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Christopher Creek in state of confusion

Christopher Creek is in a state of confusion.

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Jury assaults juvenile

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek was the scene of mob violence this past week. It came in the form of a vigilante committee hell bent on exacting their penitence from the focus of their wrath.

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Just for Us – an alternative to cabin fever

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek hadn’t had much snow that year, but it had been pretty cold. Back then there were more folks here year-round it seems. In 1990, or was it ’91, my employers were Tony and Janie Sotomayor, who had the Land­mark. Weeknights at the bar were pretty dead; we needed some action.

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Residents, visitors enjoy Hashknife Pony Express run

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is a place in Arizona where we enjoy four seasons — busy season, pothole season, fire season and solitude. We are in season four.

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Creekside Restaurant has new owner

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek summer residents Leo and Mary Wennings, Mark Alvin, Terry Short and his wife, and Ron and Rhonda Louches, were all here this past weekend enjoying our April weather. The only problem ... it’s just mid-January.

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Memories of snowstorms while it’s 60 degrees in January

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is a second home or summer home to hundreds of folks. Not a one of them were here this past weekend, it seems. Margo is off wintering in San Diego, while Mimi is down in the Valley with Rosemary and Pat and Trudy are down at their condo in Belize.

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Polar vortex news brings memories of frigid Midwest winters

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is a tropical paradise. Daytime highs are in the 50s. Yah, you say. So what? Well, this past Monday morning in Chicago at O’Hare airport it was 15 degrees below zero with wind chill temperature of minus 39. Marshalltown, Iowa reported minus 17 and minus 58 with the wind chill.

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Bar hopping in the mountains on New Year’s Eve

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek woke up to warm, sunny weather on New Year’s morning. Well, maybe not so warm.

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Great light displays in the Creek

Another Week in the Creek

The Christmas light displays at Christopher Creek Lodge and the Grey Hackle Lodge were the crown jewels in the Lights on the Loop and made for a dazzling backdrop for this year’s Christmas Carts and Quads Electric Light Parade. The Gift Shoppe at Creekside is decked out as well.

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Santa and his sleigh in Christopher Creek Saturday

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is a stop on Santa’s itinerary tomorrow. Boys and girls will gather at the firehouse at 2 p.m. to decorate food boxes and eat cookies.

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Big weekend behind us, more to come

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek had a lot of activity over last weekend.

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Holiday celebrations arrive with first snow

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek received five inches of moisture out of last weekend’s storm event, some of which came as three inches of wet snow.

Residents have chance to dispose of leaves, etc.

Christopher Creek Dumpster Days are here again. There will be a parade, marching bands ... oh, wait, there won’t be any of that stuff.

A quiet week in Christopher Creek

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek was quiet this past weekend, not unlike Garrison Keillor’s mythical Lake Wobegon.

Two ‘Creek’ cast members exit the stage

Another Week in the Creek

“Christopher Creek,” the long-running stage play has had a cast of thousands over the years. All characters in the play have speaking parts and each one is a star in his, or her, own right. Some enter and hold center stage while others have had supporting roles.

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Calm after costume storm

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek has certainly calmed after the culmination of the costume celebrations.

Christopher Creek showing her fall splendor

ANOTHER WEEK IN THE CREEK

Christopher Creek over the Halloween weekend will be a perfect place for camera buffs and leafers. The brilliant reds of the sugar maples and the spectacular yellows of the box elders and Arizona alders, along with the gold of the oaks are just phenomenal right now.

Christopher Creek apples make their way to California

ANOTHER WEEK IN THE CREEK

Christopher Creek was in my rear-view mirror late last week and a bushel of apples, two apple pies and an apple cake were on board.

Getting ready for Halloween in the Creek

ANOTHER WEEK IN THE CREEK

Christopher Creek was a busy place again this weekend. Families with kids, girls’ getaways and turkey hunters prevailed. Weather was cool and windy until Sunday. No frost yet, but the trees are beginning to turn.

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Hint of fall in the air up in Christopher Creek

Christopher Creek is chillin’ ... that is to say, there’s a hint of fall in the air. It’s time for campfires and bugling. It’s time to think about getting another jag of firewood in.

Long-ago crash remembered

The incredible story went on as Jan Clark shared the background of how she was able to locate and contact the Worcester family. This was after she had put together Bill Osier’s crash site discovery with the mysterious letter that had hung in her family’s cabin since the early 1950s

Remembering a long-ago plane crash

Christopher Creek is enjoying the annual serenade of the wild. Evening ’til early morning the musical sounds come from all around. The song starts in with low notes, then crescendos into high-pitched soprano squeals followed immediately by a staccato bass finale.

Good showing at Demolition Derby

Christopher Creek did itself up proud again last Saturday night. Nearly 70 Creekers including 17 of our Colcord neighbors and a couple from OW Ranch made quite a statement at the Northern Gila County Fair’s Demolition Derby.

Labor Day flood stories filled with emotion

Christopher Creek flowed quietly beneath them as they stood on her banks to tell their story. The survivors were the essence of the event. The list of people with stories to tell was long. We started with some miraculous escapes and close calls here in the Creek.

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Get ready for a memory-filled reunion Monday

Christopher Creek will play host to the 1970 Labor Day Flood Reunion at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 2 at the Landmark. Marshall Trimble will be here to emcee and there will be a number of witnesses to relate their stories.

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Creek has a different type of social media

Christopher Creek has its own form of social media. It is not Twitter or Instagram, not even a Facebook group account.

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More than 200 gather to say goodbye

Christopher Creekers joined up with about half the town of Yuma and a sprinkling of folks from Queen Creek, Pine, Tonto Village and Payson to celebrate the life of Debbie Hamner.

Rain welcome, but still watching for fires

Christopher Creek finally got some rain ... several good ol’ big ones. Leo will tell you that we’ve had a little over five inches thus far and that’s a good start. The apples are plumping up from the rain and the trees are really loaded.

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Christopher Creek busy over holiday weekend

Christopher Creek was a happening place over the long weekend.

Arts, Crafts & Brats, along with Murder & Mayhem tomorrow

Christopher Creek’s wildflower season has commenced, with the purple-flowered lupines leading the way.