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This is the Rio Mirage Café y Cantina (official site) in El Mirage. I found it by accident, having impulsively headed out U.S. Highway 60 in the general direction of Wickenburg (map), figuring I’d decide what to do about the mountain range when I got to it.
What I decided was that the U.S. 60 corridor has enough thrift stores to keep me within the Valley. So this is the tour of El Mirage, Sun City, and environs — the land where there’s simultaneously too much history and not enough.
While I usually accompany these jaunts with Daytrotter selections, this time we’re going for Beatles-A-Rama (this really exists), as my adored local indie alt-rock station runs the Pat Matthews Beatles-A-Rama show every Sunday morning, and since it serves radio’s fundamental purpose of being mildly stimulating yet innocuous, I usually don’t change the station. This is how I got a dose of the Fab Four at their most aggressively boy-bandish, during the early 1960s when nobody was the walrus. Read the rest of this entry »