It was so nice out today I decided to take a trip out to Clara's Window. Basically a whole in a rock outcrop named for my beautiful wife. To begin with I named it when we discovered it. We had never seen it before and after asking around our small community of Gila Bend nobody else had ever seen it before either. I start my adventure with a picture of my 2001 TTR225. It is basically stock except for a larger main jet and the baffle drill out somewhat. I motored just south of town to a dirt road. The turn off has recently been bloked due to so much theft of copper wire from the irragation pumps. Fortunately enough room was left for a quad or 2 wheeler to get through The area around Gila Bend has had a drastic change in the economy over the past few years. Fields were once dedicated to cotton are now being used for other purposes. 4 cotton gins use to be in operation to handle all the cotton, but now 1 gin is all that is required. The following two pictures show one of the abandoned gins and the one still in operation. Where once the white of cotton fields went to the horizon as a winter wonderland, now the green of hay, alphalfa, and sorgum/sileage dominate the landscapes. The felds are needed to grow crops for the 6 dairies which have moved to the area. With 4-5000 cows each producing anywhere from 20,000 to 40,000 combined gallons of milk per day, it is easy to understand the change of fields. And what brought the dairies and the field? The liquid of life..............Water. And the only way to cross the canal is...........make sure in fact double sure you look both ways A very narrow trail across the canal only wide enough for a 2 wheeler or 4 wheeler. The other shift in the economy has been through the renewable energy package enacted a few years ago (AKA Solar Energy) Several very large arrays of solar panels have risen almost overnight in this land of intense heat and 300+ days of sunshine. Below is the Abengoa solar plant that is currently being constructed just off I-8 and Painted Rock Road. And ALL these solar fields are using what was once farm land!!!! And way you might ask! Apparently farm land does not need to be OK or limited by archeological concerns. If virgin desert was used and a pot/habitation was uncovered work would be halted until it was investigated and cleared to continue.