Fall is lovely in Prescott. We do actually have fall colors — and beautiful fall weather.
We kicked off the season with The Waybacks, a foursome of Ted’s golfing friends that, you guessed it, go way back. Ted, Dave, Dick, and Gary had three days of golf at area courses and Dave’s wife Cindi came along and played with me. Cindi and I hiked around Lynx Lake, hiked at Watson Lake, and took a historical walking tour. We all had a lot of fun eating, laughing, and exploring Prescott.
Ted and I took a couple trips to Phoenix to see our friend Drew pitch in the Arizona Fall League. While there, we toured the South Mountain Park & Preserve and went to the Western Spirit, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, where we saw photographs by Barry Goldwater and paintings and drawings by Paul Calle. It was fun to meet up with Ingrid and Hannah to watch Drew play and enjoy dinner afterward!
We took a great hike in the Granite Gardens here in Prescott with Carol. So pleased that there are always new trails to discover!
In October Ted and I joined a group of 10 people taking a van trip to Canyon de Chelly. It was led by a very knowledgeable professor from Yavapai College. On the way we stopped at the Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert.
We pulled into the Canyon de Chelly area and zipped in to catch the afternoon light from the rim.
The next day we drove into Canyon de Chelly National Monument with a Navajo guide and saw the cliff dwellings, visited a native rug maker, and enjoyed the vistas of Canyon de Chelly and Canyon del Muerto. We left via the Hubbell Trading Post in Granado and then drove home.
Ted and I had heard about Sycamore Canyon (second largest canyon in Arizona, after the grand one) and finally made a trek to see it on a perfect autumn day. It’s in the Coconino National Forest and extends from just south of Williams to the Verde Valley. It is a Wilderness Area, so there are limited facilities and few visitors.
And there was some miscellaneous fall fun: We saw the OrganNauts at the Elks Theater, I went on a Butte Creek Trail hike (and saw the Granite Basin fire from above), Ted and I drove out of a rainy day in Prescott to meet up on the sunny side with Steve Hensen in Jerome, Scott came to visit while seeing Drew play in Phoenix, We went to the Everyone’s Hometown Festival, cousin Matt came for a visit, javelinas came for a visit, we watched the world series on TV, I went with Susan to Fort Verde to tour and hear a talk by Jerry Geronimo Martin, we tasted wine and beer (and Christina shopped) at the Plaza Deli, I went with Alison and Tom to hear David Naylor give a great book talk, and I had another piece in the local paper in honor of the 100th anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park.
And then we all had a party and celebrated the beautiful fall, good food and drink, and great neighbors and friends.