Thumb Butte Trails Sunday, May 6 2018 

Granite Mountain

Granite Mountain

Yesterday afternoon we drove to the main Thumb Butte parking lot and hiked some of the trails. We started on Thumb Butte Bypass Trail #326 at an elevation of 5,714 feet. We followed it along Miller Creek until the junction with Garden Grove Trail #392 at an elevation of 5,862 feet. It was easy to traverse Miller Creek which was totally dry. After about 3/4 of a mile we hiked a series of switchbacks to a height of 6,226 feet. We were rewarded with a nice view of Granite Mountain. We then took Thumb Butte Spur Trail #314 to connect with Thumb Butte Trail #33 for our descent from an elevation of 6,371 feet. The total loop was a little more than four miles.

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Prescott Blitz $7 Saturday, May 5 2018 

Dr. Henry Ebarb

Dr. Henry Ebarb

Eight Prescott area chess players competed in 56 chess games at Yavapai College on Saturday, May 5th. Each game used special timers giving only five minutes for each player. This type of chess competition is known as blitz or speed chess.

Dr. Henry Ebarb, Prescott, was the top finisher with a 12-2 record which netted him $60. Ebarb is currently ranked the 72nd best U. S. Blitz chess player of those aged 65 and older. He will move up as he gained 47 rating points.

Tom Green, Prescott, won $40 for his second-place finish with 10 points. Green is currently ranked the 60th best U. S. Blitz chess player of those aged 65 and older. Green directed this U. S. Chess rated chess tournament.

Dan Tyler, Prescott, was the best Class C player. He scored 8 points and earned $25.

Randee Dermer, Prescott, won $25 as the top Class E player. He won four games.

Badger Springs Trail Revisited Saturday, May 5 2018 

Badger Springs Trailhead

Badger Springs Trailhead

Yesterday we hiked the Badger Springs Trail in the 70,900-acre Agua Fria National Monument. We made this 1.6 mile hike longer by walking 0.8 miles along the dirt road to the trailhead. The trailhead is at an elevation of 3,150 feet. The trail follows the Badger Springs Wash to pools of water of the Agua Fria at an elevation of 3,50 feet. We took a look at the nearby petroglyphs. Our first hike on this trail was in November 2012. It is much warmer in May.We learned that in 1878 William Perry brought his family to this area where he did some gold mining.

Blooming Irises Saturday, Apr 28 2018 

American Master

American Master

Yesterday we walked about 2.8 miles to enjoy the early iris blooms within the 4 acre Sculpture Garden on the campus of Yavapai College. The Prescott Area Iris Society is to be commended for their outstanding work. Individual plants have a new marker indicating their name and other details. The month of May is the best time to visit. We enjoyed the following early bloomers: American Master, Cats Hat, Champagne Elegance, Circus Stripes, Definition, Dream Lover, Flame Catcher, Flirtini, Goose Bumps, Grace Found Me, Kermit, Lilac Morning, New Moon, and Royal Storm.

On our return home we toured the Whiskey Off-Road boothes around the Yavapai County Courthouse. This event has grown! Then on our way home we watched bikers finishing the 15 Proof Fun Ride. The races continue today and tomorrow.

2018 Chalk It Up! Monday, Apr 23 2018 

Gus Moran Chalk Art

Gus Moran Chalk Art

The National Bank of Arizona parking lot was again this year the site for the Chalk It Up event. According to a banner at the event: “The tradition of street painting dates back to 16th century Italy when painters transformed village squares into temporary galleries using chalk.” Our local event has come a long ways since its inception in 2009. It seemed to me that there were more individual artists this year and their work was qualitatively better than previous years. The guest artists treated us to some exceptional work. Gus Moran from Rancho Cucamonga, California was the People’s Choice with his Native American chief. I liked the cowboy on a horse by 3rd place winner Chris Blake, San Diego. Jeff Daverman, Prescott, also did a nice job with a positive theme. We visited on both Saturday and Sunday. We listened to the Rockin Ukes Sunday afternoon.

On Saturday, an Earth Day Celebration and a Wildfire Expo also took place on Cortez Street adjacent to the Yavapai County Courthouse. Both events offered an interesting mix of booths appealing to all ages. Smokey the Bear posed for us.

Prescott Quads #13 Saturday, Apr 7 2018 

Spencer Lower

Spencer Lower

Chess Master Spencer Lower, Clarksdale, tied for first with Candidate Master Jim Briggs, Chino Valley, in the Prescott Chess Club’s Quads #13. They split the $75 prize money for the top-rated quad with their 2-1 records. Lower is a two-time Arizona State Champion and is currently ranked 23rd out of 1655 Arizona chess players. He is also ranked 37th for his Quick chess rating among those aged 50 and over in the U. S.

W. H. Archer

W. H. Archer

W. H. Archer, Flagstaff, earned $50 for his undefeated performance in Section B. Dr. Henry Ebarb, Prescott, won $25 for his 2nd place finish in this quad. Each quad is treated as a round robin; each player plays one game against each of the other three players in the section. The composition of each quad was determined by each player’s rating from highest to lowest. Thus, players with similar ratings were matched against one another.

Luis Castaneda

Luis Castaneda

Luis Castaneda, Flagstaff, received $50 for his perfect 3-0 score in Section C. This was his first over-the-board rated chess tournament. Phillip Ebarb, Prescott, finished 2nd in this quad and won $25.

 

 

 

Randee Dermer

Randee Dermer

Randee Dermer, Prescott, was the top finisher in Section D and received $60. This section had six players and was run as a three round swiss. Sam Ebarb, Prescott, and Shane Lofgren, Chino Valley, split $40 for their second place tie. This was Shane Lofgren’s first rated chess tournament. The swiss system paired players with a similar score in each round. With six players, this system yielded only one player with a perfect score after three rounds.

There were 18 chess players in this U. S. Chess rated tournament. Prescott Chess Club President Tom Green directed this event held Saturday, April 7th on the Yavapai College campus.

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