The Beach Boys Visit Prescott Tuesday, Sep 19 2017 

Last night The Beach Boys shared “Good Vibrations” in the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. We joined a capacity filling crowd of gray hairs for this stop on the 2017 Wild Honey World Tour. Vocalist Mike Love, one of the band’s original members, has the licensing rights to “The Beach Boys.” He has surrounded himself with excellent, versatile musicians such as charismatic John Stamos on guitar and drums. The band’s classic sounds were augmented with interesting video images including some Yavapai College students. One of my favorite albums, Pet Sounds, was one of the first rock concept albums. Several years ago I attended a concert with another original member of the band, Brian Wilson, who didn’t seem to have aged as well as Love has. Prescott benefited from a great performance, even though it was on a Monday evening.

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Isabella Trail Sunday, Sep 17 2017 

Mount Union

Mount Union

Isabella Trail #377 starts at the intersection of Walker Road and one end of Misty Mountain Loop, after traversing 2.8 miles of dirt road. The trailhead elevation is 6,800 feet. We wound through the pines about 1.25 miles to the junction with Groom Creek Loop Trail #307 at an elevation of 7,440 feet. About half-way there is a view of the Mount Union fire tower. This is another new trail for us and our fourth “Take a Hike!”

Honeybucket Trail Saturday, Sep 16 2017 

Granite Mountain

Granite Mountain

Honeybucket Trail #333 is another new 2017 Prescott area trail that we learned about from this year’s “Take a Hike!” program. The greatest difficulty with this trail is getting there. We needed to travel 1.6 miles on Thumb Butte Loop Road, a very rough dirt road with huge pot holes. The trailhead starts at an elevation of 6,400 feet and descends to 6,100 feet. Lots of wildflowers were in bloom with occasional distant views of Granite Mountain and Thumb Butte. The biggest surprise was spotting a post for Frisbee golf. We looped a short distance on Thumb Butte Bypass Trail #326 to cover about 3.45 miles.

Piglet Trail Sunday, Sep 10 2017 

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Piglet Trail #328, completed in early 2017, is a short trail in the North Thumb Butte complex of trails. From the Thumb Butte parking lot, we started on Watertank Trail #315 which connects with the Ridgetop Trail #317. We noted views of Thumb Butte. We walked a short distance to a gate that leads to homes adjacent to the Prescott National Forest. The Piglet Trail begins there and descends 218 feet before connecting with Pine Lakes Trail #316. We spotted a turkey vulture eyeing us while airing its wings. We also viewed Granite Mountain. We returned to the Thumb Butte parking area on this trail as it started to rain. This is our second 2017 “Take a Hike!”

Canyon Trail Sunday, Sep 10 2017 

Sunflower

Sunflower

Because it was raining yesterday morning, we decided not to participate in this year’s Hiking Spree 2017 Kickoff at the Highlands Center for Natural History. In the afternoon, however, we drove into Willow Lake Park for our first official “Take a Hike!” We followed the Approach Trail to the Canyon Trail and followed this loop trail that winds through rock canyons and over granite boulders referred to as “slick rock.” Several wildflowers were in bloom including sunflowers near the trailhead. It was interesting to observe pools of clear water in the washes and in boulder depressions. We did not take side trips up the Apex Trail or the James Trail. On our return to Prescott, we parked by the post office and circled the Yavapai Courthouse a couple of times. I took pictures of the “Cowboy at Rest” sculpture by Solon Borglum on the south side of the Courthouse Plaza and “100 Years of Rodeo” by Ralph Terry in front of the City of Prescott offices.

2017 Yavapai County Fair Saturday, Sep 9 2017 

Punkin Display

Punkin Display

Yesterday we visited the Yavapai County Fair held on the Prescott Rodeo Grounds. I especially enjoy touring the Photography exhibit where there are some amazing pictures. I would like to learn more about how a few of the pictures were printed on metal. The Fine Arts Display included a pottery wheel demo. I was not impressed with the artists selling their work. The Garden & Flower Exhibits are always interesting. How do they keep the bees in a closed hive? Who did the sign spelling for the “punkins?” Brown’s Amusements is responsible for the Fair’s Carnival. I’m always envious of the young people who ride the Ferris Wheel, Yo Yo, Zipper, and other dizzying rides. We were bemused at the perfect line-up of Brown’s trucks in numerical order. We briefly noted the small stock showmanship in the Show Tent. We departed during the warm-up for Ranch Rodeo. Fair food can be tempting (and expensive), but we chose to visit a local restaurant. We hope the weekend’s sporadic rain showers don’t dampen this year’s County Fair.

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