The Peavine Trail is 11.9 miles in length. The trail offers fabulous views of Watson Lake and Granite Dells. About 1 mile into Peavine we veered off to the left to hop onto the Watson Lake Trail which skirts the lake itself. Les and I walked for 4 miles today and then turned back, so it was about an 8 mile hike this time.
At 5,300 feet above sea level, Prescott and her surrounding area enjoys cool breezes gently tempering the heat of this high mountain desert. Where there is water, wildflowers and wildlife offer ample interest along Prescott’s many hiking trails. Watson Lake is Prescott’s largest lake and is surrounded by bright green cottonwood trees granting shade from Arizona’s almost relentless sun. Late winter and spring are our favorite times to hike these trails. Continue reading “Hiking the Peavine/ Watson Lake trail in Prescott, Arizona”→
The Palatki Cultural Center is awesome! Les and I are interested in ancient ruins as well as artwork from any period of time. This place is rife with both and is located smack-dab in the middle of some of the most amazing red-rock scenery. It gets a HUGE thumbs up from us. OK, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, let me tell you about our day at the site. (grin)
The very first thing that we learned upon entering the visitor’s center is that we were supposed to call ahead to make reservations. Oooops! After a long, bumpy drive down a dirt road, we could have easily been turned away from the ruins. The reason is that they don’t allow more than 10 people on any given tour. The ledge in front of the dwellings is fairly narrow and really would not comfortably and safely accommodate more than ten. Also, the site can be closed for renovation, rock falls and rain. At times, the walk to the cliff dwelling is closed, so you can only view them from a distance below the cliffs. Continue reading “Visiting the Palatki Cultural Center”→
It was another beautiful day in paradise this past weekend so Les and I took a drive over to Crown King for another art day. For years, people have been asking if we’ve been yet and telling us that we are missing out and it’s so beautiful and yada, yada, yada.
Bumble Bee, Cleator and Crown king are recognized as three of Arizona’s many ghost towns due to the demise of the mining operations in the mid to late 1800’s.
Since the pain of the long, hot drive to Tucson a couple months ago had faded, we decided that we needed to drive down to take another look at the Mini Time Machine. The special exhibit featuring Debbie Gill’s miniatures is what really interested us this time. Absolutely everything that she uses to make her mini masterworks are from items that are slated for the trash bin (or was found already in the trash bin). Recycled and up-cycled art is one of our favorites- both to do and to view.
There were a lot of other rooms created by Debbie too. She had 60s, a BoHo room, a man-cave, a music rehearsal space in a garage- just on and on. The skill, detail and variety was so fun to see. If you want to check out more of Debbie’s work click here. This link will take you to Debbie’s Facebook page. Debbie does not seem to have a regular web site, but her Facebook page shows a lot of posts with her techniques detailed out in photos.
The photo above is from the Mini Time Machine’s web site. You can click on the photo and it will take you to the museum’s site telling you about the special exhibits as well as the regular exhibits.
Finally, here are my purchases for the weekend. The hand blown glass vases were from the museum store and the tiny little bag is what they packed them in. I love it! The framed miniature painting is from an e-bay auction that was waiting in our mailbox when we got back from Tucson.
We also went to two different Bookman’s while in town. That yielded a big haul of new/old books to peruse. So much fun.
Thanks for joining me on our Tucson miniature adventure. 😎
If you are ever in Clarkdale, Arizona, take a ride on the Verde Valley Train. You should book in advance as the cars are often filled to capacity. This train trip is a little pricey, but worth a take. I mean, you will spend twice as much as if you go to a movie and buy refreshments in the theater snack bar, but you will have a better outing, so do it. OK, maybe three times as much, but it’s not something that you do every day. Continue reading “Verde Valley Train Trip Through the Southwest High Desert”→
Cassie writes fascinating articles about her world travels in which she includes fabulous photos. This article especially caught my eye since I have been wondering how in the heck do you get enough money to do so much travel.
A ton of great ideas here if even for making ends meet.
“Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do – Oprah Winfrey”
I know we all want to win the lotto or find a way to grow our own money tree, but the reality is nothing comes that easy! Travel is all I seem to think about at the moment (I currently have 3 holidays booked!), so saving money quickly is a priority for me – but that’s what happens when you fall in love with exploring the world.
Les and I decided to give “Urban Camping” a go this past weekend. Urban camping is about choosing a campsite that is near or in a town or city.
We decided to camp at the Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Camping in Arizona is still kind of strange for us. Coming from Southern California, we are used to driving long distances past housing development after housing development just to get out of town, much less to get to an actual camping spot. We have lived in Arizona for thirteen years already and it still trips us out that we can step out our front door and hit a hiking trail. Being surrounded by this huge blue sky and so much unoccupied land is such a gift to be appreciated and, believe me, we do!.
Setting up camp: as usual Les was doing all the work while I goofed off taking selfies. Life is good. (grin)
At Dead Horse camp grounds there are a ton of camp loops ranging from citified (lots of shade trees and fully equipped with electricity and running water) all the way out to the farthest point where we chose. And even that site (tents only) had the most immaculate restrooms and showers we’ve ever seen at a state park. Les said that they were better than some of the hotels that we have stayed in and he is right!
This park is an exciting choice because, not only is there a lot of ground to cover, exploring abandoned shacks and ruins, but there is a wonderfully cool, shady lagoon to explore as well. You’ve got such a diverse eco-system within the park. You can hike from a high desert, to a cool lagoon to a shady marshland all in one day. Everywhere you look, the flora, birds and animals are plentiful.
Colorful and comical blue herons hang out at the dock of the lagoon where they steal fish from the buckets of unsuspecting anglers. This waterway is so peaceful and beautiful- an excellent destination if you just want to pack a lunch and go for a relaxing day hike. At the lagoon, there is also kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding, and a ton of different hiking trails.
On our second day in the park, we trekked on down to Tavasci Marsh. It’s a fabulous hike down to a cool, wooded, marsh. It’s quite a surprise to find such an oasis in the middle of a dry Sonoran desert. One of the rewards to this hike is coming upon a fern covered wonderland. You can see how dense the fine, lacy ferns are in the photo at the upper right corner of this collage.
From the Marsh trail-head, you can look across and see the Tuzigoot Indian ruins in Clarkdale, AZ. Also an interesting site seeing destination best saved for another day.