2018 Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Friday, Jun 29 2018 

Last night we attended the opening of the 131st annual Prescott Frontier Days “World’s Oldest Rodeo.” Our seats in section L row 6 gave us a direct look at the west gate and the video screen above it. Security was tighter than our last visit two years ago. Cameras are no longer allowed and approved items must be brought a clear plastic container. The Grand Entry featured some 80 horses and their riders carrying a mixture of flags, many representing sponsors. I didn’t remember the wild horse race from our previous visit. The following events took place: steer wrestling, bareback riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, women’s barrel racing, and bull riding. This rodeo is endorsed by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and brings many world-class competitors to town for competition in eight performances through July 4th. Some of the more notable performances that we witnessed included Orin Larsen of Inglis, Manitoba, Canada scoring 81 points atop a horse named Saguaro; Cody Cabral of Hilo, Hawaii wrestling a steer in an amazing 3.9 seconds; and Ty Wallace of Colbran, Colorado scoring 86 points in the closing bull riding event. Between events we were entertained with the well trained Diamond Z English Shire Horses and Bobby Kerr’s Mustang Act. It is interesting to attend the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo.

2018 Prescott Bluegrass Festival Sunday, Jun 24 2018 

Central Valley Boys

Central Valley Boys

This year we attended Prescott Bluegrass Festival sets on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday we heard traditional bluegrass from the Central Valley Boys, California; the seasoned musicians from the Sonoran Dogs, Tucson and Phoenix; and the rock side of the headliners Ryan Shuge and the Rubberband. The Central Valley Boys were the best costumed, but we progressively enjoyed the musical virtuosity of each ensuing group. On Sunday we returned for the set by Tom Paxton and the Don Juans. Interestingly, these Grammy winning singer-songwriters performed at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix on Saturday night ($38.50-$43.50). The 37th annual Prescott Bluegrass Festival was free!

Goldwater Lake Meandering Friday, Jun 22 2018 

Goldwater Lake

Goldwater Lake

This morning we paid $3 to park at Goldwater Lake which is located about four miles from downtown Prescott. We walked around the lake making special note of the two launching sites for kayaks, canoes, and boats with electric motors. There were several kayakers enjoying the calm water on this 15-acre lake. This spot would be a good one for us to practice paddling. We observed several fisherpeople, too, who didn’t seem to be having much success. We made our way to Goldwater Lake Trail #396 and hiked a little more than a mile along it before returning and estimating that we had covered a total of about 3.5 miles. We are fortunate to have several beautiful lakes near us.

Back to the Moon for Good Saturday, Jun 16 2018 

Last night we attended the¬†Back to the Moon for Good planetarium show at the recently¬† opened Jim & Linda Lee Planetarium at Prescott’s Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University campus. This modern, beautiful planetarium seats 116 and offers an impressive 360-degree 4k resolution. This show, narrated by Tim Allen in 2013, presents some of the 18 teams from around the world attempting to land a privately funded robotic spacecraft on the Moon. After the show we discovered that no one claimed the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE by the March 31, 2018 deadline. This program will be shown again tonight. Embry-Riddle’s monthly community programs are worth attending, and the price (free) can’t be beat.