Prescott Chess Club Quads #1 Sunday, Aug 24 2014 

          Jeff Hardin, who recently moved to Prescott, won the Prescott Quads #1 chess tournament. He earned $40 for his three wins and no losses. Toby Ebarb, Glendale, received $20 for his second place finish with two wins and one loss.

          This U. S. Chess Federation rated event was held at Ebarb Accounting on Saturday, August 23rd. The chess tournament was divided into two sections based on over-the-board ratings.

          In the Reserve Section Henry Ebarb, Prescott, and Galen Dennis, a sophomore at Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy, split the $90 prize money. They each won four games and drew with one another. David Steeves, Prescott, received $10 for his 3rd place finish with a 3-2 record.

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Prescott Jazz Summit Sunday, Aug 24 2014 

Prescott Jazz Summit

Prescott Jazz Summit

The 14th Annual Prescott Jazz Summit was held August 22-24, 2014. Sponsored by the Friends of Big Band Jazz, this event spotlights a large number of musicians and supports the Prescott High School Jazz Ensemble. We attended the Kick-off Concert at the Courthouse Plaza at noon on Friday. A nice crowd enjoyed the music with moderate temperatures and no rain.

Tin Trough Springs Trail Thursday, Aug 21 2014 

Granite Mountain

Granite Mountain

This morning we parked at the Williamson Valley Trailhead and hiked two miles on the Tin Trough Springs Trail #308. We traversed open grasslands with views of Granite Mountain before entering the Granite Mountain Wilderness area with its rugged terrain and boulders. The Doce Fire of 2013 burned much of the mountain and some retardant was still evident. Recent rains left some parts of the trail muddy and nourished the plant life. Some of the wildflowers we saw included southwestern pricklypoppy, prairie sunflowers, toadflax penstemon, whole-leaf Indian paintbrush, Wright’s deervetch, and small-flowered globe mallow. We turned around at Mint Wash and completed our morning walk before more monsoon rain fell.

Mile High Brewfest Sunday, Aug 17 2014 

Alice Wallace

Alice Wallace

Yesterday the 3rd Annual Mile High Brewfest was held on Goodwin Street in Prescott between Montezuma and Granite. Some 36 breweries and one winery donated their wares to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Arizona. The event started at 1 p.m. and we arrived shortly after 4 p.m. With our first tasting we noticed that vendors were using different sizes of plastic cups. I didn’t keep track of every beer that i sampled but I did try at least two new to me breweries – Freak ‘N Brewing and Mudshark – and two familiar ones – Prescott Brewing and Sierra Nevada. I tried several Belgians and finished with Achocolypse, a chocolate porter from Prescott Brewing. My wife tried a blueberry vanilla bean brew, but she especially liked a peach beer. We found a couple of seats around a large table and under cover from the sun. We were close to the bandstand where Alice Wallace and a guitarist were playing when we arrived. She is a singer/songwriter who lives in southern California and plays folk, country, and blues. We left during the country and rockabilly performance of the Jamie Waldrob Trio. We took advantage of our location to sample the tapas and an entree at El Gato Azul. We sat alfresco with a view of Granite Creek. Prescott is an interesting place to live.

Verde Canyon Railroad Saturday, Aug 9 2014 

Verde Canyon Railroad Sign

Verde Canyon Railroad Sign

Our drive to Clarkdale, where we boarded the Verde Canyon Railroad, took us on the snake-like Highway 89A with its hairpin curves over Mingus Mountain and through Jerome. The United Verde Copper Company, purchased in 1888 by William A. Clark and located in Jerome, was the richest individually owned copper mine in the world. When the original smelter was discovered to be centered over a rich vein of copper, Clark decided to move the smelter from Jerome. His namesake, Clarkdale, came into being as a company town built from a unified master plan. In addition to his new smelter, all homes were rented and commercial property leased. The city is now recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. We stopped at the Clarkdale City Park and picnicked near the century-old gazebo. Some tree stumps have been shaped into throne-like seats. This park has a modern playground. Clark was one of the three Copper Kings of Butte, Montana. In addition to dying as one of the fifty richest men in the United States, Clark has impacted our national politics. In 1899 he bribed Montana state legislators to be selected as a U. S. Senator. During the revelation of this scandal, Clark is purported to have said “I never bought a man who wasn’t for sale.” The U. S. Senate would not seat him and they enacted the 17th amendment to the Constitution which calls for the popular election of senators. Clark did succeed in getting elected in 1901 and served one six-year term.

Verde Canyon Train

Verde Canyon Train

The 38-mile Verde Canyon Railroad was built from Drake to Clarkdale in 1911-1912. In 1990 it started its current life as a four-hour, 20-mile passenger excursion adventure into the Verde Canyon. Before boarding the Cottonwood Coach, we stopped in the John Bell Museum where we saw pictures and memorabilia from the history of this railroad. I especially liked the mannequins of Hobo Joe and Engineer Woody. We selected seats with a large picture window on the left side of the car. However, I would recommend choosing seats on the right side which follows the Verde most of the way. We did discover how to change the direction that a seat faced. I spent most of my time enjoying the open-air viewing platform constructed from a flat car. I kept moving from side to side to take pictures and stay in shade. We were located near the middle of the train which allowed us to see the two engines as well as the caboose while negotiating curves. The Verde River appeared muddy. The green riparian area surrounding the river contrasted with the colorful cliffs. Elephant Rock and Turtle Rock were two of the more interesting rock formations. The pitch black of the 680 foot tunnel also contrasted with the canyon scenery. We saw an area where eagles had nested earlier in the year. Our turn around point was the Perkinsville Station which had a water tower used when the railroad used steam engines. At one time 10 to 12 families lived here, but now only 12 people populate this desolate area. Several farm animals were grazing near the station where I watched a nursing colt. At the Perkinsville Station the GP7 engines change direction before beginning the return trip. Throughout the ride there is narration about what can be seen interspersed with every train-related song in existence. This wilderness train is likely to offer unique vistas in each season. As the motto of the Verde Canyon Railroad says, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.”

Lynx Recreation Trail Wednesday, Aug 6 2014 

Lynx Lake

Lynx Lake

This morning we drove to Lynx Lake and hiked Lynx Recreation Trail #311. This flat trail circles the 55 acre Lynx Lake. Unfortunately, we were not able to rent a paddle boat, kayak, or canoe as they are only available Thursday through Sunday. The Lynx Cafe follows the same schedule, too. The lake was a s low as we have ever seen. There were no mosquitoes though.

In the afternoon we saw “Guardians of the Galaxy” in 3D. Non-stop action seen from a leather recliner while munching from a giant tub of popcorn.

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