I was planning to write about the trip I took to the Tonto National Monument for a hike and tour of the Upper Cliff Dwelling yesterday. Due to 3 continuous days of rain and my coming down with a nasty cold, that didn’t happen and the trip was re-scheduled. You can look for that post in a few weeks.
Instead I thought why not write/post pictures of creatures that can be found in the desert instead. Yeah, I am not sure how I got from one topic to the other either. Perhaps it was a result of the cold meds I am taking? I will admit that I had an internal debate as to whether this would be a good selling point for someone considering moving to AZ, but in the end I figured in the spirit of full disclosure, “an educated consumer is your best customer”, go for it!
It’s no secret that I live in Fountain Hills. I do not live in one of the “cookie cutter” homes or a planned community. The lot my home was built on was purchased in the mid 90’s and the original owners built the house right smack in the middle of a semi-steep hill. I have no idea why (although I suspect it was a cost issue or maybe they didn’t want to block the mountain and fountain views), but they did not build a block wall or fence around the property. That probably would have been *really* helpful in keeping the critters out!! On one side I have a vacant lot that has not been cleared to build on in the 9+ yrs I have been here, and there is a wash that runs along the entire left side of my street. What I am saying is that it is there is plenty of open area for desert wildlife to roam freely. It is very common for me to see some type of desert creature on a daily basis, including, but no limited to; quail, javelinas, roadrunners, and hummingbirds. Some of the scarier, less frequent visitors that I see are snakes, tarantulas (personally, I think they are adorable, fuzzy, and cute, but others tend to differ with my opinion), coyotes, scorpions, and an occasional bobcat!
As a matter of fact, the first day I moved in there was a pack of what I now know are javelinas (which I also find adorable now) grazing on my back hill. Coming from an East Coast urban area where the only “wild” thing I typically saw was a deer, I had no idea what they were and I was in a bit of a panic. I immediately called my real estate agent to inquire as to what they could possibly be. After describing what I was looking at, she calmly replied, “Sounds like javelinas to me. That was disclosed on the Seller Property Disclosure Statement (SPDS) you were provided prior to purchasing.” Moral of this story: Be sure to read that stuff people!! If you don’t know what something is or means, you probably should ask.
Keep in mind that unless you live in a remote part of the Phoenix metro area the likelihood of encountering these types of creatures in and around your home with any type of frequency is really not that typical. I just happen to have live in an area, or more specifically, on a street that is rather unique.
I hope you enjoyed today’s creature feature? If you are not scared, mortified, or turned off from pursuing a home search in AZ, feel free to contact me to assist you with finding the perfect home!
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