OK MR. REAL ESTATE GUY…….WE’RE READY FOR YA
We had ourselves on the road shortly after 8 this morning heading north for Prescott, Arizona. What a beautiful drive as we headed up the south side of the Weaver Mountains. I was reminded of taking off in a small airplane as we watched the Hassayampa Valley slowly drop away to our right. What a great double lane one way road this is. People coming down the mountain have their own separate lanes.
We had never been past the ‘Ranch House’ in Yarnell before, so again, what a treat to see some new scenery. And, what scenery it was too. Within 20 minutes we transferred from desert to upper grasslands with a total different look & total different vegetation. Looked more like Kentucky with large rambling horse farm fences, sycamore trees & distant mountains. The desert we had just left seemed like light years away.
I’ve said many times, morning is my favorite time for travel & this morning was no exception. We took the longer Skull Valley route slowly gaining altitude all the way to Prescott. Vegetation became steadily taller & greener. On approaching Prescott we were soon into tall Pine forests. Just beautiful & so reminiscent of our own Northern Ontario with all it’s greenery, hills & gentle curves. GOTTA JUST LOVE ALL THE PINE TREES AT THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS
We Northerner’s do love our forests & green trees & we could tell right away Prescott was a forested City. Prescott is also a much larger City than what I had envisioned it. For me that was a little disappointing because I’ve never met a City I liked. But don’t get me wrong, I do think I could get to like Prescott:)) Kelly fell in love with the city right away after she saw all the tiny shops in the downtown area. Oh yes, & Trader Joes.
We were plenty early for our 10:30 Real Estate appointment. Drove right to the Realtor’s address to orient ourselves & then headed for the East side of the city where all the big box shopping malls were located. Needed to get some dog food at Pet Smart. Well, let me tell ya, this place is a Shoppers dream. Prescott has everything including a Trader Joe’s which just had it’s grand opening today. The parking lot was totally jammed well beyond being totally jammed. Sure glad Kelly didn’t insist we go in there or there could have been warfare!! OUR REALTOR’S BUILDING IN PRESCOTT
We were back at the Realtor’s in good time & before long negotiations had begun on the Ghost Town Road property. Let me just cut through all the jargon & paperwork & tell you that we have made them an offer for substantially less than the asking price. All contingent on us getting that severed piece of property back in place with the original lot size. Our realtor guy feels confident Freddie Mac will accept the offer & we should know for sure on Monday. CHECKING THROUGH THE PAPER WORK TALKING THINGS OVER WITH REAL ESTATE AGENT RANDY H.
I’m like a fish out of water when it comes to this kind of thing & don’t have a lot of patience for playing that offer, counter offer game. Same old stuff as buying a car. Blather, blather, blather!! And then there’s the reams of paperwork. Yes, I know it’s all necessary but that don’t mean I gotta like it. If it wasn’t for Kelly I would probably be living in a simple card board box under a flowering Yum Yum tree somewhere. That girl just has the most patience of anyone I have ever known. And, talk about being organized & on top of things….Whewwww. KELLY PHONES OUR BANK IN CANADA TO SEE IF WE STILL HAVE OUR $5 IN THERE….:))
From the Real Estate office we had to go find ourselves a bank & ended up for another hour opening up a new Bank of America account. Kelly handled & understood all that while a wrestled with remaining upright in an overstuffed red bank chair a few feet away. From there it was back to the Real Estate for an exchange of more paper. And, then we headed out & got lost!! KELLY AT THE BANK OF AMERICA COUNTER
There is a second route from Prescott south towards Congress but we heard it was very twisting & winding and was to be avoided. Of course that is the way I wanted to go & see some new stuff on the way home. For some reason we thought that road began somewhere out around Prescott’s east end near the malls. Well needless to say we got ourselves totally lost & as a last resort (which should have been our first resort) we hauled out Garmin Gertie our GPS device & got her squawking. In no time at all she had us straightened out & hauled our tired butts right through downtown Prescott again & headed us south on the correct highway to Congress Arizona.
Again, we were motoring though forests of Pine trees & I could have sworn we were in Northern Ontario. The twisting road was as twisty as people said it was & snaked it’s way through the mountains like a Slinky on steroids. Great road & I loved it. But, it’s not for everybody.
We didn’t spare the horses on the way back to our rig because we knew we had two little doggy guys who had now been alone inside the rig for 8 hours. We just put the pedal to the metal, pulled our visors down & made a beeline for home. How great it was to see the Hassayampa River Valley below as we rocketed off the Weaver Mountains & landed out in the desert beside our rig. And no messes in the rig either. Good Guys:)) OUR DUSTY LITTLE JEEPERS IN DOWNTOWN PRESCOTT THIS AFTERNOON
Wow, talk about a couple happy little doggy guys. Two little tails going faster than a couple of turbo injected helicopter blades. How great for me to be out of the City & back to the quiet desert where I belong……..10-4:)) KELLY GETS RANDY STRAIGHTENED OUT ON A FEW LAST MINUTE DETAILS….IN THE PARKING LOT
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Why do bagpipers walk when they play?
To get away from the noise!!
- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
One of the most frequently asked questions readers have about my blog is what kind of a camera do I use. I actually have 4 cameras & use all of them.
My DSLR Nikon D-90 is the Workhorse for the majority of my photos. It sports a Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 lens. I use this camera for most of my landscapes.
My older Nikon DSLR D-40 has a Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-6.6 lens. I use this camera & lens for most of my candid people photos, birds, animals, bugs & flower close-ups.
My Canon Powershot SX210iS is the point & shoot camera I carry in a case on my belt everywhere I go.
My Canon Powershot A730iS point & shoot is the camera that sits close to my recliner for most of those doggy living room photos.
Both Nikkor lenses are interchangable between the D-90 & the D-40. I also have a spare Nikkor 50-200mm lens as well which will fit either Nikon.
Previous to my Nikon D-90, most of my photos were taken with my old faithful Nikon D-50 from about 2006 to early 2011 whereupon the D-50 suffered a rather gruesome death when it fell off a table onto a cement porch in southeastern Arizona. The 70-300mm lens on the camera survived the fall but the D-50 did not:((
I also have a Stellarvue 80mm Refractor Nighthawk telescope which I have adapted to fit both my Nikons giving me the equivelent of a 700mm lens. Only control I have over this lens is shutter speed. It is also manual focus.