Real Estate Ray's Blog: Day Tripping-Arizona Style

Day Tripping-Arizona Style

     It looks like we will be spending a lot more time in the Phoenix area.  We just purchased a rental in the Pebble Creek Community located in Goodyear, AZ.  We have been enjoying exploring the area and were especially lucky to have East Valley Ambassador, Brian England to recommend and guide us on our hike at Saguaro Lake.   The area was beautiful and we even had the pleasure of spotting three Bighorn Sheep.  Two of them were even kind enough to pose for a picture, though they were mostly proud of their backside!

Big Horn Sheep at Saguaro Lake

      The out and back hike, starting at the Butcher Jones area, was just over 5 miles without too much elevation change.  It was hot so water is a must at this time of year.  There were a lot of very scenic spots along the trail.

Saguaro Lake 1       Saguaro Lake 2

     It was a perfect choice for our first time hike in the Phoenix area proving Brian is an outstanding ambassodor for the area.  He is also a great choice for Realtor, if you are looking for a home in the East Valley area.  He introduced us to the 55+ community, Leisure World after our hike.  It looked like a great retirement area.

 Brian and Ray at Saguaro Lake

 Where shall we explore next time, Brian?

This is a fun one, if you ever decide to visit us in Elk Grove.

Day Tripping, Elk Grove Style





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Comment balloon 18 commentsRaymond Henson, SRES, GRI • June 02 2020 05:08PM


We had such a fun hike and it is always nice to spend time with you and your wife!  Thank you for the shout out.  Did you see that I made the post for Leisure World as you requested?

Leisure World in Mesa, AZ

Perhaps this would be a better link to use than the one in the post above?

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) 5 months ago

Good morning, Raymond... how nice that you had a chance to meet with my friend Brian England ... he's one of my favorite peeps here in the Rain. Glad you are enjoying Arizona!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 5 months ago

Raymond, what fun you, your wife and Brian must have had.   Glad you all were able to get together! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 5 months ago

Brian England   The link is fixed!    It was a fun trip.  Thank you! 

Nina Hollander, his good reputation is well deserved in the Rain. 

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 5 months ago

Joan Cox, thank you and I am learning that the agents involved on ActiveRain are very helpful.  I am glad I reengaged with ActiveRain.  I hope we get a chance to visit you in CO one of these days.    

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 5 months ago

Good Friday afternoon, Raymond.

Take care, be safe and have a great day and a very special weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago


Yes, we agree Brian England is a wonderful individual.  So glad you enjoyed your time in AZ.  It is a beautiful state, and we have been there many many times to work with amazing people...Wishing you a delightful weekend. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 5 months ago

And you have a great weekend, Roy Kelley!

I am learning much about the state recently, Ron and Alexandra Seigel.  My dad lives here and we recently purchase a rental property in Goodyear.  You have a great weekend too!

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 5 months ago

Hi Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI - you picked a beautiful area.  At one point I wanted a vacation home there but it was too far from New York so we decided on Florida.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 5 months ago

Hi Raymond, you could not have picked a more special person to help show you the area than Brian England He is so kind and funny as well. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 5 months ago

Hi Raymond,  Thanks for sharing some of your Arizona time with us.  I am sure Brian shows excellent hospitality.  Enjoy and be safe.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) 5 months ago

Hello Raymond,  what a great trip and to have Brian England would be the person I would look up also to have him show me around.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 5 months ago

Grant Schneider, we are looking at Florida as well.  My wife is a big Florida fan, in particular, the gulf side.  What part of Florida did you pick?  

  Kathy Streib, and he chauffeured us in grand style too.  :o)


Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 5 months ago

Bob Crane, thank you. You stay safe too!

He was an excellent guide, Will Hamm.  I am learning that ActiveRain agents are very helpful.  Maybe one day you will guide us around the Aurora area!


Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 5 months ago

What fun you must have had, Raymond. Congrats on the rental...guess you will be visiting more often. We were in the area last September and enjoy it thoroughly. Love your photos!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) 5 months ago

Thank you, Jeff Dowler, CRS.  We did have a great time.  I will say that I look forward to some winter hiking.  I will post about my new rental soon, just waiting for the pictures.

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 5 months ago

Raymond, I am glad you got a chance to see some of the lakes in the Phoenix Metro area. Pebble Creek is great - one of my friends liked to visit her friends there and play pickle ball. 

Posted by Steffy Hristova, Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work! (HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353) 4 months ago

Steffy Hristova, yes, they do take their pickleball serious at pebbleCreek.  We have joined in numerous times recently and need to upgrade our CA game.  ;o)  

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago