April 8-12, 2015
Headed to Congress AZ to get the rig weighed at Smart Weigh where they do one wheel at a time. Wanted to make sure we were balanced. We’re not, but there isn’t anything we can do about it. We’ve shifted around all the weight we can, but there are simply too many permanently installed heavy things on the right rear side. Sigh.
We took the opportunity to spend a few days camping in the nearby town of Wickenburg, an historic mining town founded in 1863. It survived the typical hardships with Indian battles, bloodshed, drought, floods, and outlaws that most of our old west towns experienced. When the railroad came in 1895, Wickenburg was thriving.
The Chamber of Commerce (located in the original train depot built in 1895) gave us a brochure for a walking tour of old town called “Out Wickenburg Way”. There are 31 stops identifying historic buildings and a variety of bronze scultures located on some of the sidewalks and street corners. Many of them have a button you can press for an audio presentation from the sculpture. It was a fun little walk around town!
We were camped not far from the Vulture Mine, which has just recently started mining operations again after closing in 1942. Vulture Mine is the most productive gold mine in Arizona history. The abandoned mining town is now a ghost town with a weekly tour offered on Saturdays. OK, why not? We signed up for the tour. The tour guide entertained our group with history, tales, and anecdotes.
We were feeling guilty about loafing in the RV one day, doing nothing but sitting on our butts. So we had to get in a hike. Since the Vulture Peak Trail was just down the road, we decided to go for it. Unfortunately, by the time our guilt had kicked in, it was early afternoon and the sun was HOT. We did a couple of miles and gave up only because we thought Lucy was getting over-heated (yeah, right). Would have been a great morning hike, but we were leaving in the morning. Maybe next time we’re in the area.
Next stop, Cottonwood, Sedona, Prescott. (We’re actually in Utah now. I’m just catching up on the blog.)