Arizona – Cottonwood, Prescott, Sedona, Winslow

April 12-21, 2015

Continuing on our trek toward Utah, we stopped in Cottonwood for 9 days.  We enjoy boondocking on the BLM land off of Thousand Trails Road.  Apparently, so do a lot of other campers.  It was quite full when we arrived, but we were able to snag a great spot.

Thousand Trails Road in Cottonwood, AZ

Thousand Trails Road in Cottonwood, AZ

Enjoying the view from our campsite.

Enjoying the view from our campsite.

Historic Old Town Cottonwood

Historic Old Town Cottonwood

Dinner at the Tavern Grill which should have been shared with John and Nancy, but they were vacationing in Mexico.  Oh well, Cheers!

Dinner at the Tavern Grill which should have been shared with John and Nancy, but they were vacationing in Mexico. Oh well, Cheers!

Looking at the picture I just posted (above) reminds me of the story about that shirt.  I went to the Columbia outlet store when we were in Phoenix to pick up a couple of new SPF long sleeve shirts since I have to stay completely covered when outdoors.  I was telling my brother-in-law how cool this shirt is because it has a little velcro tab on the front for my reading glasses.  I was excitedly going on and on about the convenience and demonstrating how it works, when he softly said “That’s for your fishing pole.”  It then occurred to me that this shirt was in the fishing section of the store.  He explained how the whole fishing pole thing worked, but since I don’t fish it sounded crazy. Reading glasses, yes.  Now that makes sense.

Our friends, Debbie and Dan were spending the weekend at their Prescott house, so we went up for the day.  They jogged/hiked with their dog and met us at Goldwater Lake for a picnic, then we went back to their house for chocolate martinis.  Totally kicked my butt.  They tasted so innocent!  (and delicious)  I drank lots and lots of water that night, and fortunately didn’t have a hangover the next day.  We always have a great time with Debbie and Dan and we were so glad we got to spend more time with them.

Picnic with Debbie and Dan at Goldwater Lake in Prescott

Picnic with Debbie and Dan at Goldwater Lake in Prescott

05 Prescott AZ Debbie and Dan

Dan built a nice fire when we got back to their Prescott home.

Dan built a nice fire when we got back to their Prescott home.

The mixologist at work

The mixologist at work

Here, Linda.  Drink this chocolate martini. heh-heh-heh

Here, Linda. Drink this chocolate martini. heh-heh-heh

With Cottonwood as our base camp, we made several day trips to Sedona to do some of those beautiful red rock hikes.

This was a 5-mile hike that included some climbing.

This was a 5-mile hike that included some climbing.

11 Sedona Boynton Trail12 Sedona Boynton Trail13 Sedona Boynton Trail

We did 7 miles on the Girdner Trail

We did 7 miles on the Girdner Trail

All the white flowers were so pretty!

All the white flowers were so pretty!

16 Sedona Girdner Trail17 Sedona Girdner Trail

Lucy was covered in red dirt.  We used an enormous amount of our precious water to bathe her.

Lucy was covered in red dirt. We used an enormous amount of our precious water to bathe her.  She doesn’t appear to appreciate it in this picture.

Next stop, Winslow, Arizona.  We are huge Eagles fans, so of course we had to see the “Standing on the Corner” statue.

Standing on the corner in Winslow Arizona, and such a fine sight to see.  It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford, slowin' down to take a look at me.

Standing on the corner in Winslow Arizona, and such a fine sight to see. It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford, slowin’ down to take a look at me.

We camped at the Homolovi Ruins State Park so we could visit Winslow as well as tour the ruins.

We camped at the Homolovi Ruins State Park so we could visit Winslow as well as tour the ruins.

A section of the Homolovi Ruins

A section of the Homolovi Ruins of the Anasazi Indians from the 14th century

Nasty stickers known as goat heads made boots for Lucy a requirement if she wanted to hike with us.

Nasty stickers known as goat heads made boots for Lucy a requirement if she wanted to hike with us.

She hates them so much.   She kicked one off and begged us to let her hike without them.

She hates them so much. She kicked one off and begged us to let her hike without them.

I can do it.  See?  I don't need boots!

I can do it. See? I don’t need boots!

So why am I carrying her?     That little con artist!

So why am I carrying her? That little con artist!

My next post will be on our visit to the beautiful Canyon de Chelly.

Cheers!

10 thoughts on “Arizona – Cottonwood, Prescott, Sedona, Winslow

  1. Did you happen to see the piece from the WTC at Winslow? I didn’t have much time while I was passing through in 2010, but I thought it was pretty neat they had a piece way out in little ‘ole Winslow, AZ

  2. Love Lucy’s boots:) Those goatheads are so nasty. Cody (our friends’ dog) was always very red after a day of hiking, also. I don’t think he was ever so clean with a bath every night. We think we might be able to settle in Prescott some day. It is centrally located near so many things.

    • Lucy has so many pairs of boots! We’ve spent a fortune on that little girl’s feet trying to find the perfect fit. But she hates them all. The only ones that she can walk normally in are the soft rubber type that look like little water balloons, only thicker. Her nails eventually start poking through, but they are cheap and keep her feet clean(er). The pair pictured in this post were expensive, and she just hates them!

      • Oh but I understand how we have to take care of the little cuties’ paws! The area is covered in nasties for their little paws. Glad you found something that works. We had our grand dog here and he hated the rocks and refused to walk on them. He was a big dog. But I get it… he didn’t have shoes on.

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