Thursday, February 21, 2013

Exploring Arizona - Better Than Working!

2012 On the plains in Northern Arizona, two families joined forces and began the trials and tribulations of building a small family farm with nothing in the bank but love.

Last Thursday, I opened with noting we'd had snow but it had all but gone. Today I can say the snow is still here. It started some time in the night Wednesday and continued on and off all morning. Still not enough to totally cover all the bare ground.

Since there is still no farming to do or building of the green house or watering system, we've been getting out and exploring. I still have a bathroom and living room to paint but couldn't get the energy to do it. Maybe next week, depending on if Sadi has arrived or not. I intended on having all the painting done by the time she arrived. I really hate to paint so I've been dragging my feet. Writing has taken a higher priority.

Rooibliss at the Haunted Hamburger
At the museum
Jerome is in the Black Hills. It's a fascinating old mining town that has survived, barely. The whole city is on the side of the mountains. First we had lunch at the Haunted Hamburger with my sister and husband then toured the Douglas Museum and had a great time. We snooped around the haunted hotel too.

Clowning in Jerome
Down a mine shaft

Hiking around Granite Basin
Lake and riders at Granite Basin

Frank and I explored around Prescott. We had lunch at a new sandwich place in Prescott called Scout's. Great fresh food. Then we went looking for Granite Basin Lake. There are numerous trails around the area for bikes, horses and hiking. Lots of camping in the area. There were signs posted to drive carefully, high use area, so I can imagine how crowded it is in the summer. We didn't have much competition for space on our hike although we were passed by five horses and riders.

We live in a great part of Arizona as far as being close to so many good day trips. We've made a promise to ourselves to get out like this more often.


  1. Thanks for sharing the pictures. I have never been to Arizona but would love to visit one day!

    1. You should, Sarah. I really haven't appreciated AZ until this last year. Born in Phoenix and don't like that area of the state. Northern AZ is great and there are plenty of sights to take in like the Grand Canyon, ghost towns, western towns, etc.

  2. Brenda, good to see a blog entry on something other than "how to write" or "how to market" etc. As a New Zealander living in Australia, I really appreciate little snippets about other countries, and your writing reminded me of Nora Roberts' book The Black Hills.

    1. Why thank you, Vonnie. I do this every Thursday. You are from and living in a part of the world I would love to visit.

  3. Fab trip. I want to eat in the Haunted Hamburger. What a great name

    1. And it has a great view. Thanks for coming by, Jenny.