One day recently my sis-in-law, Nora, brought a niece and her husband, Anne and Gary, who were visiting from OH, to North Ranch. The visit included a trip up the twisty mountain roads to Prescott. I drove the Astrovan because I needed to do major box store shopping and they could go back down I-17 to Phoenix.
The mountains around Prescott were absolutely beautiful in deep snow but none of it was on the streets. We stopped at the Sharlot Hall Museum. I had been there many years before to do an interview of a cowboy poet but had not been inside the museum. The museum opened in 1928, founded by Sharlot M. Hall who was a “poet, historian, and independent thinker whose passion to preserve the Territorial Governor’s Mansion led to the development of the modern Museum campus,” it said on the brochure.
We toured the Governor’s Mansion that housed the first territorial governor, John Goodwin, in 1864, and the many other buildings including the schoolhouse that was a replica of the first public schoolhouse in AZ Territory, from 1867. Fort Misery, built nearby in 1863-64, is the oldest building associated with the AZ Territory. And on and on through exhibits, The Ranch House, the Bashford House, and others. The Rose Garden was filled with snow, no roses; however, it was a magnificent winter day.
We proceeded over a couple of streets to historic Whiskey Row and had lunch at The Palace Restaurant and Saloon. They first opened in 1877, the oldest frontier bar in AZ. Their famous and beautiful “bar” supposedly was saved from the big 1900 fire by being carried across the street until the fire was out, eventually being returned and there for all to see in 2011. In the future, I’ll tell you more about Prescott. It is a neat place although the traffic is getting almost as bad as Phoenix!
At Costco’s in Prescott Valley, I filled the Astrovan with $3.01/gallon gasoline. Somebody explain to me how the Congress/Wickenburg area gasoline price of $3.69 is not gouging (and that was last week). Hmmm. My advice for those who still want to RV is the same as it has always been. Take your time getting to where you want to go, then dig in for a while and see and learn everything about what is within a certain radius. That isn’t a bad idea even when we weren’t experiencing this continuing fuel crunch.
Sometimes I get discouraged by world situations, the economy, and how well our politicians cooperate with each other, but on the news this week, I really got a lift. Did you hear about the lady who called daily for home delivery of two cokes and a large pepperoni pizza? When she failed to call in her order for three days, one of the delivery people went to find out what was wrong. This 82-year old lady had fallen and couldn’t get up. She was rescued and has now returned to her daily fare of two cokes and a large pepperoni pizza. Now that I could look forward to!!! God Bless until next week.
Minshall’s RVing Alaska and Canada and RVing Adventures with the Silver Gypsy books are available thru Amazon & P.O. Box 1040, Congress, AZ 85332.
At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”