Prescott Quads #10 Sunday, Feb 26 2017 

Quads #10

Quads #10

On Saturday, February 25th Dr. Henry Ebarb, Prescott, was the top finisher in the Prescott Chess Club’s Quads #10. He won $60 for his undefeated record of three wins and one draw.

The only player to draw him was David Steeves, Prescott, who finished with two wins, one draw, and one loss. He collected $25 for his second place finish.

Roger Gibson and Phillip Ebarb, both of Prescott, tied for third place and split $10. They each won one game and drew each other.

This U. S. Chess rated tournament, played at the Pine Cone, was directed by Prescott Chess Club President Tom Green.

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Ponderosa Trail Thursday, Feb 23 2017 

Ponderosa Trail

Ponderosa Trail

Tuesday afternoon we parked near the White Spar Campground and hiked another new trail to us, Ponderosa Trail #382. The first part of this trail parallels Highway 89 and a stream. We crossed the gurgling stream a couple of times. When we connected with the highway, we backtracked about two tenths of a mile to find where we had missed the trail. The trail signage was on the backside of a tree (see picture) and not visible when hiking the trail from the parking area. We climbed a hill and were rewarded with views of Thumb Butte and Granite Mountain. Although we did not hike to the end of the trail, we covered more than three miles. Prescott enjoys four seasons, but it is easy to hike even in February.

Feddeck Conducts the Phoenix Symphony Sunday, Feb 19 2017 

James Feddeck conducted the Phoenix Symphony in the concert we attended last night. The concert notes informed us that he studied oboe, piano, organ, and conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Thus, it is likely there is some connection with Michael Christie, the former musical director of the Phoenix Symphony. We particularly enjoyed the Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 5 in D Major that concluded the concert. Interestingly, in the first movement we hear a distinctive horn call (given that a horn soloist was featured in the Benjamin Britten work). We especially liked the violin solo that conveyed the serene but passionate third movement. The fourth movement has the cellos introduce a theme echoed by other instruments, and ends with the horn theme from the first movement. Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, Opus 31 featured Paul Appleby as tenor and Cassi Walck on horn. Without a doubt the horn is a difficult instrument to play, and not often included as a solo instrument, but some of the sounds in the Prologue seemed harsh and not quite right to me. I was glad that the concert notes included the words of the six poems of the Serenade. Several of the movements effectively intertwined the words with the horn. The Epilogue with the horn offstage was quite effective. The evenings performance began with The Walk to the Paradise Garden by Frederick Delius. I had selected this concert because it was advertised as “romantic” music. Since it so closely followed Valentine’s Day, I misinterpreted the word “romantic.” The Delius and Britten pieces give significant time to dying. So, this concert, like Phoenix weather this weekend, was dreary.

Schoolhouse Gulch Trail Wednesday, Feb 15 2017 

Schoolhouse Gulch TrailYesterday we hiked most of Schoolhouse Gulch Trail #67. We parked near the White Spar Campground. At the 0.7 mile point we intersected with Banning Creek Trail #81 which we have previously hiked. On this occasion we continued on the forest road called the Schoolhouse Gulch Trail. We crossed Groom Creek several times. The trailhead elevation is 5,627 feet and one map indicates 620 feet of elevation change. It seemed like most of our hike was uphill. This in-and-out hike is supposed to be about 2.4 miles one way. We walked probably about 1.9 miles before turning around at a large muddy pool in the middle of the road. Two mountain bikers were returning from their ride when we started our hike and two other mountain bikers passed us when we exited. About one mile on the trail we also encountered a Forest Service employee marking trees with orange paint that should not be removed. He was working near where two trucks were parked and where we could see and hear a couple of other employees deeper in the forest. At the highest point of the trail there were deer tracks and another animal’s tracks that I need to research. It is great that we have so many trails to explore around Prescott.

Lynx Lake Loop Trail Friday, Feb 10 2017 

Lynx Creek Dike

Lynx Creek Dike

We parked at the Lynx Northshore parking lot with the intention of hiking Lynx Lake Loop Trail #311. The western half of the trail is paved. When we reached the Lynx Southshore parking area we found several people fishing, many with two fishing poles. One fisherman showed us his ten inch rainbow trout. The lake is at the highest level we have ever seen and we found it impossible to cross Lynx Creek. We did continue hiking to a dike overflowing with rushing water. We then climbed to the road and returned on the paved trail to our car. We had lunch at a very busy Lynx Lake Cafe. It is good to see how much water we are getting.

Thumb Butte West Trail Friday, Feb 10 2017 

Thumb Butte West Trail

Thumb Butte West Trail

Yesterday we drove up Thumb Butte Road and parked at the intersection to Camp Willow Springs. We hiked on Thumb Butte West Trail #318 where we encountered some snow remnants. We intended to loop back on Garden Party Trail #324, but the rushing water of Miller Creek without any bridge or easy crossing deterred us. We returned to our car walking on the road wondering why it was all uphill.

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