Our Awesome Travels

Our Awesome Travels
Taken In Quartzsite Arizona Dec 7th 2015

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Wonderful narrated jeep tour about Congress, Yarnell, ghost towns and some stagecoach trails. Love the southwest.

Where are we today ?

        What another wonderful day. Not too cool last night, bright and sunny today.
Once the sun came up got out here for a lovely quiet walk around the block. A few roosters crowing and dogs barking but really not bad at all. Not much traffic, no loud music or kids screaming. Just the desert that we love. Down the first road found a small park, playground, baseball diamonds and Sheriff's outpost. 
love the desert views
      Back here just wandering about their beautiful landscaping and quiet places.
love the desert garden decorations
        Just hanging out on the rear patio, watch the birds at the feeder a Suzie can play with Pheebie, doggie fix ya know.
treat from Suzie
Al can do it better I think
lotsa birds coming to the feeder
        Now we have a planned tour of the area. And is a fun morning. Al really enjoys showing us the sights here. And I am telling you he gave us a first class tour.
frog rock
       Now he said we taking some back roads, stagecoach roads and yep he was right on. Sure could not do these in our car, nice to have the Liberty. The 4 of us plus Pheebie on the back. Mind you she wanted into her usual seat, next to Al.
yep a back road
       The first goal today was to see a very rare Crested Saguaro Cactus. Now this was amazing, have seen thousands of Saguaro Cactus but never a crested one in person.
Crested Saguaro Cactus
That's Al doing what he does,
too much fun
Suzie and Kelly waiting for us
Girl talk

Way up here a foundation
that was once used
       Across the small canyon one of many mines entrances in the area, we see them everywhere here in the desert.
mine shaft
wonder how they got this cement mixer up here ?
heading back to the Jeep

      Then off to Stanton ,a ghost town now used as an Rv park. Gold was discovered here in 1863 and a town flourished, now not much remains but the modern day prospectors now live here in RV's. Interesting information you can click HERE .
this old hotel has a colorful history
free range cattle
Suzie spotted a couple deer in the distance
she also spotted some Javelina,
click on the picture you can see them
        Now over the mountain on a very rough road heading to Yarnell.
        Now into Yarnell. Don't know if you remember but there was a wildfire near Yarnell that began June 30th 2013 and could have whiped out the entire town. It was finally contained July 10th 2013 but took the lives of 19 Prescott firefighters. You can read about some of it HERE .
        By now it was noon and we came across the Cornerstone Bakery In Yarnell. Fresh made  donuts so we just had to stop and she treated us to one amazing treat, Thanks Kelly!
Kellly heading in
Pheebie patiently waiting in the back
so fresh and tasty
   Then we took in the Shrine of St. Joseph what an very interesting stop. Some very Amazing sculptures here carved into the hillside.

        For more information on the Shrine of St. joseph of the mountain click HERE

look up here

     What an amazing place to visit, in a very hidden ,place too.
This tree was burned, but think maybe
 Al needs help? Whadda ya think?
heading back down the mountain to Congress
      Back home for a light lunch, read for a while, compute for a bit chat with our hosts and watch the birds. Love the desert.

Pheebie and the Tiger watching us
Kinda cloudy today, but still very warm 
      I had offered to whip us super tonight on our Weber. So a pork loin roast. 4 baked potatoes (Kelly had) some fresh carrots in foil with real maple syrup and a couple of cored apples with with some cinnamon and sugar dusted inside. I even made some pork gravy that I forgot to bring in until we were almost done, . hmmmm..... Loosing it ..
         But  I think it turned out pretty tasty and pretty easy all done on  the Weber Q. Then of course the conversation over the meal was endless. Mostly came from my mouth though.  If ya know Al he has Blabber fingers, me... blabber mouth. Takes Suzie  to kick me under the table to shut up for a couple minutes....
        Any who was a fun full day. 
       Thanks for stopping on by.
Check out the interactive map below to see where we have been this Fall and Winter..


  1. Couldn't ask for a better tour guide of that area around Congress than Al I am sure. Looks like a great day. Nice.

    1. It was a wonderful day, and Al sure knows the backroads around here.

  2. Glad you had a great time. Looks like you posted an updated picture like so many suggested on your last blog. You're missing the RV in the picture though.

    1. I am working on that new header picture, just have not found the right setting yet.

  3. Hi guys, it looks like a great day with such wonderful things to see! I can't wait! Nice to see a new blog picture, I'm sure you'll find the right setting. Your hosts sure know where to take their company!

    1. It was an awesome day! So much to see here in the south west.
      I have a setting mind for the new picture, just not there yet.

  4. Wow, i'm going to have to go back and re-read your blog and click on the links. Lots of good information about the desert we love too. I thought I was the only one to kick their husband under the table, ha, ha. Enjoy!

    1. Just too much fun here, gotta love it.
      So much to see here and interesting history about the wild west.
      Nope Suzie tries to keep me in line.

  5. Glad to see you are all enjoying the visit. Al is known for his research and he enjoys sharing it with others.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  6. Looks like Al and Kelly gave you a grand tour!

  7. The meal was delicious ! Glad you are having fun and thank you for the cookies,

  8. The pleasure is all ours George:))

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    1. That's the way we are, they are a super couple and Pheebie too, non stop

  10. What a fun day with great the pictures of all of you and what a beautiful backdrop!

  11. I was a member of the G.P.A.A. (Gold Prospectors of America Association) and have spent a couple of vacations at the outings held at Stanton. Love the area.

  12. Looks like you all had a great day. I've always enjoyed off-roading.

  13. You two couples are on my bucket list of "People we Must Meet" when we hit the road in 2017 :) Thanks for your blog.

    1. Come on along for the ride it is an amazing lifestyle.

  14. Nice picture of Suzie standing next to that old guy in the cowboy hat. ;c)

  15. Sounds like a day well spent.
    Nice picture.

    Celebrating the Dance

  16. How great...two of my favorite blogs to read get together...I guess that is part & parcel of the lifestyle. Always places to go, people to see. Thanks for the great pics....

    1. It is part of the lifestyel and so wonderful as well, Thanks for stopping by,


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