Weekend escape to Carefree Ariz.
Southwestern symbols inspire the artwork on display at one of the booths at the Thunderbird Artists Art and Wine Festival, held several times each winter in Carefree.(Sara Lessley)
Breakfast burrito at Sundial Cafe, where the art show and people-watching from the sunny patio is no extra charge.(Sara Lessley)
After a thundering rain and lightning storm, huge clouds shadow the saguaros at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.(Sara Lessley)
The restored and working 10-stamp mill at Cave Creek Museum.(Sara Lessley)
Visitors sip and stroll at the Thunderbird Artists Art and Wine Festival in central Carefree.(Sara Lessley)
Sundial Plaza in Carefree features the 65-foot gnomon, left. On the right, yes, Carefree really does have an Easy Street.(Sara Lessley)
After a Wild West Days parade, riders pass the restored 19th century stamp mill, left, outside the Cave Creek Museum.(Sara Lessley)