Lone Pine Revisited Sunday, Jul 23 2017 

Our Pacific Northwest 2017 adventure started with a stop in Needles, California at the KOA RV Park. The 108 degree heat caught us unaware. We waited until the sun started to set before cooling off in the swimming pool. Our water filter broke apart and caused a minor flood. It didn’t take long, however, for the water to disappear. We left early the Saturday morning to avoid driving in the heat.

Whitney Portal Waterfall

Whitney Portal Waterfall

We arrived early enough in Lone Pine to drive the Whitney Portal. The elevation changed from 3,727 feet to 8,374 feet on the 13.7 mile drive. The temperature dropped from 98 degrees to 81 degrees. After we admired the fast moving waterfall at the portal, we hiked along the creek on the Whitney Portal National Recreation Trail to the Family Campground. On our return off the mountain, we stopped to admire the face in the Alabama Hills. Travel Advisory recommendations alerted us to the good food at the Merry Go Round restaurant. Our experience confirmed the positive reviews. We returned to the Boulder Creek RV Park in time for a swim and soak in the hot tub. A great start to our adventure.

4th Prescott Open Sunday, Jul 16 2017 

Shan Rengasamy

Shan Rengasamy

Shan Rengasamy, Scottsdale, and Neil Wadsworth, Prescott Valley, split $150 in prize money at the 4th Annual Prescott Open held Saturday, July 15th. Rengasamy, a student at BASIS in Scottsdale, is one of the top eleven-year-olds in U. S. Chess. Wadsworth, who tied for second in last year’s Open, defeated the highest rated chess player in this event in the second round. Rengasamy, initially ranked third by rating, and Wadsworth, initially fourth, won their first two games before agreeing to a hard-fought draw in their last round encounter.

 

Neil Wadsworth

Neil Wadsworth

The tournament attracted 16 chess players for a full day of chess at the Pine Cone. The format of the event was to divide players into two sections, each composed of eight players based on rating. Tom Green, President of the Prescott Chess Club, directed this U. S. Chess rated event.

 

Robin Green

Robin Green

In Section B, playing in his first chess tournament, Robin Green, Prescott, accumulated three wins to collect the section’s first place prize money of  $100. Roger Gibson and Phillip Ebarb, both of Prescott, and William Cheney, Flagstaff, shared the $50 2nd place prize money for their 2-1 records.

Shell-less Sheldon Tuesday, Jul 4 2017 

Sheldon Tortellini

Sheldon Tortellini

After a lunch stop in Carefree, we visited the latest whimsical Ray Villafane sand sculpture in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, Carefree Desert Gardens. According to the Carefree web site, it took 30 days to complete this 30-ton sculpture which was preserved with glue lightly sprayed on its surface. It will be on display through Labor Day. Here is the artist’s note:

“The Tortellini family balancing act started upon their mother’s back. Under the bright lights Sheldon discovered his fear of heights. He peed his shell then slipped and fell. The big question is do we tell? … Sheldon Tortellini, everyone can see your weenie!”