Sundog Trail Sunday, Jan 28 2018 

PCT Segment 8

Sundog Trail

This afternoon we took advantage of 60 degree January temperatures to hike part of segment 8 of the Prescott Circle Trail (PCT). I later learned that this is the Sundog Trail. We parked behind York Motors and followed the Old Bullwhacker Road to the junction with segment 8. We headed north and walked about 1.5 miles before turning around. We encountered some snow and muddy conditions on the north side of hills. On our return a single mountain biker passed us. We need to explore the south side, segment 7, from the intersection off Old Bullwhacker Road toward the Badger “P” Mountain.

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Prescott Blitz #6 Saturday, Jan 27 2018 

Jim Briggs

Jim Briggs

Eight Prescott area chess players competed in 56 chess games at Yavapai College on Saturday, January 27th. Each game used special timers giving only five minutes for each player. This type of chess competition is known as blitz or speed chess.

Jim Briggs, Chino Valley, was the top finisher with a 12-2 record which netted him $60.

Tom Green, Prescott, won $35 for his second-place finish with 11.5 points. Green is currently ranked the 62nd best U. S. Blitz chess player of those aged 65 and over. He will move up on this list as he gained 13 points in this event. Green directed this U. S. Chess rated chess tournament.

Dr. Thomas Keenan, Prescott, was the best Class C/E player. He scored 8.5 points and earned $30. He gained 12 rating points.

Ivan Marriott, a 7th grader at Prescott BASIS, won two games in his first rated chess tournament. He earned $25 as the top Unrated player.

The next Prescott Chess Club event will be the Yavapai County Scholastic Chess Tournament at Yavapai College, Building 3, Room 119 on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in the following sections: grammar (k-5), middle school (6-8), and high school (9-12). A team trophy for each section will be determined by adding together the top four scores from a school.

Centennial Trail Revisited Friday, Jan 19 2018 

Centennial Trail

Centennial Trail

It’s been a few years since we hiked the entire length of the Centennial Trail. Today was a perfect day with temperatures in the low 60s and a deep blue sky. (My sympathy to friends in the Columbus, Ohio area who are enduring chilly winter weather). Our trail map from the City of Prescott says the trail length is 1.94 miles, but we calculated it at 2.3. The elevation ranges from a low of 5,447 feet to a high point of 5,729 feet. We parked on Westridge Drive and came out in the Enchanted Canyon development. When we last did this hike only a couple of houses had been built. Many more homes are now on this hilltop, although a few lots are still available. We took a quick tour of one of the luxury homes that recently sold for $890,000. Quite nice, although we prefer our deck and views. We returned to our vehicle via several connecting roads, admiring the homes along the way.

Lake Havasu City, Arizona Tuesday, Jan 16 2018 

On our drive from Yuma to Lake Havasu City we encountered more than a hundred vintage Volkswagen buses. We learned that they had completed a three day festival in Lake Havasu City. We stayed at the Lake Havasu State Park in site 16 which is located on the beach adjacent to the beginning of the Mohave Sunset Trail. We walked this one-and-a-half mile shoreline trail to the remarkable London Bridge. On the way we passed two of they city’s miniature lighthouses, including the Vic Reyes Memorial Lighthouse. On our return we observed an egret.

Cattail Cove State Park

Cattail Cove State Park

On Martin Luther King Day we visited the 2,000 acre Cattail Cove State Park which is located about 15 miles south of Lake Havasu City. We hiked the 1.5 mile Whytes Retreat Trail along the lower portion of the Colorado River. We turned around at Whytes Retreat, one of the boat-in campsites provided by the Bureau of Land Management.

We also visited the 1,100 acre SARA (Special Activities and Recreation Area) county park which is located about five miles south of Lake Havasu City. We hiked on the red trail and joined the yellow trail in the Crack, an amazing slot canyon. We turned around when we encountered a spot that required descending a steep rock with the use of a rope. SARA offers interesting, popular hikes.

We visited the Mudshark Brewing Company where I tasted a flight of six beers including Scorpion Amber Ale, Morning Buzz Stout, Bandito Stout, Vanilla Caramel Porter, Mango Habanero IPA, and Abominable Winter Ale. I went outside to take a picture of a colorful sunset. We also enjoyed fine dining with a window view of the London Bridge at Shugrue’s. The prime rib and tournedos oscar went well with a bottle of “Cherry Pie” pinot noir.

Yuma, Arizona Saturday, Jan 13 2018 

Colorado River

Colorado River

Today we hiked the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, part of the Yuma East Wetlands Restoration Project. Juan Bautista de Anza, the commander of the Royal Presidio of Tubac, developed a 1,000-mile route from present-day Sonora, Mexico to Alta, California. This trail celebrates the crossing of the Colorado River with the help of the Quechan people.

We parked at the Gateway Park below the Ocean to Ocean Bridge. Trains passed over it in both directions while we were there. “Art in the Park” was being set up for a noon opening. We departed for a walk around downtown Yuma and stopped for lunch at the Pint House. I tasted the following beers: Elysian Bifrost Winter Ale, Breckinridge Vanilla Porter, Iron First Uprising Tripel, Breakside Passion Fruit, Sante Fe Chicken Killer, and Hanger 24 Chocolate Bomber. We listened to music and discovered Jack Willis on his cornet taking requests a block away.

After a swim and hot tub experience in our Sun Vista RV Resort, we crossed the street for a “Surf’s Up” Beach Boys Tribute Band experience at the Palms Resort. The foursome includes brothers Donny and Danny Goldberg, their father Don Goldberg, and Denny Hardwick.

Our experience in Yuma on this visit gave us a new perspective on the Americans and Canadians who choose to spend the winter. It was interesting to get a taste of the social experience these visitors develop. Yuma also has a strong military presence and is a major winter vegetable producer.

Beach Boys Tribute Band

Beach Boys Tribute Band

Los Algodones, Mexico Friday, Jan 12 2018 

Border Fence

Border Fence

During our stay in Yuma, we visited Los Algodones, Mexico. There are numerous dentists and optometrists. During our walk around this border town, we encountered hawkers who spoke clear English with very friendly attitudes toward American visitors. The police and army presence made it clear that locals didn’t want any trouble. We enjoyed a good meal at Paradiso while enjoying live music. Although we didn’t buy from hawkers, we had some interesting encounters. Before we left, we visited a pharmacy where we bought one item for $10 that would cost $500 in the U. S. and another item that cost us $20 instead of $450. It will be interesting to see if they are the same.

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