Saturday, November 28, 2015

DRIVING MISS KELLY

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HERE’S PHEEBS & I DRIVING MISS KELLY THIS MORNING…..PHEEBS WAS PESTERING KELLY SO MUCH FOR THE FRONT SEAT KELLY FINALLY SWITCHED PLACES WITH HER & THAT STOPPED THE PESTERING….WHAT A LITTLE SMARTY PANTS THAT PHEEBS IS.

It’s just short of a month since we arrived in Congress but until this morning we had not taken a single day trip drive together.  Kelly suggested we drive out north of Yarnell to Wagoner Road & take a drive along a section of Wagoner that we had done a Jeep trip on with Jim & Bev, Janna & Mike, & Simon & Sandy two winters ago.  That was an all day tour back on March 4th 2014 & you can read about the day 4 little Jeep Wranglers bounced & bumped their up into & over the Bradshaw Mountains with the destination being an old & still active mining town called Crown King…… INTO THE BRADSHAW MOUNTAINS LOOKING FOR CROWN KING.  This morning we planned on doing only a few of those miles on Wagoner Road.

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HEADING FOR THE YARNELL HILL TO CLIMB UP INTO THE WEAVER MOUNTAINS ABOUT 9 THIS MORNING

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WE BOUGHT A HAT RACK FOR OUR HOUSE IN THIS YARNELL SHOP BACK IN 2012

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YARNELL’S CORNER ?? BAKERY

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PATIENTLY WAITING OUTSIDE THE BAKESHOP

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HERE COMES THE GOODIES

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HEADING NORTH THROUGH PEEPLES VALLEY

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Of course we didn’t drive a tenth as far today as we did that day nearly 2 years ago & just Jeeped in on Wagoner Road as far as the 17 mile marker before turning around & heading back to highway 89.  Our aim this morning was just a simple pleasant drive to enjoy the scenery on a road we were a bit familiar with.  Stopped again at the historic steel overhead Hassayampa Bridge which was built in 1924.

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THE HISTORIC HASSAYAMPA BRIDGE

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ROAD ACROSS THE BRIDGE IS ALL WOOD PLANKING

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STANDING ON THE BRIDGE FIRST LOOKING DOWNRIVER THEN UPRIVER

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I THINK DURING MONSOON SEASON THIS QUIET HASSAYAMPA RIVER IS PROBABLY A RAGING TORRENT OF WATER THROUGH HERE

Some nice ranches along this road such as the TK Bar Ranch which a rumor has it was once been owned by the Revlon Cosmetic Company family.  No idea if there is any truth to that but we did stop at the front gate for a few photos of the property.  Judging from the front entrance it was obviously built by someone with many many wheelbarrows full of gold nuggets.

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WAGONER ROAD CUTS RIGHT THROUGH THE TK BAR PROPERTY

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WE FIRST CAME ACROSS A COUPLE PONDS WITH DUCKS & GEESE ON THEM

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IT’S ALWAYS SO NICE TO SEE WATER ANYWHERE IN ARIZONA

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A STONE WALL WITH CLIMBING ROSES LEADS TO THE MAIN GATE

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THE TK BAR’S MAIN GATE

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PARKED JUST OFF WAGONER ROAD TO TAKE A FEW PHOTOS

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PEERED AROUND THE EAST END OF THE WALL BUT ALL I SAW WAS A GRAZING HORSE

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Another ranch further down Wagoner Road called Za Arizona also had a nice front gate entrance but again we could not see the ranch house which we suspect was further back in.

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THIS FRONT ENTRANCE & GATE POST WERE A NICE CORAL COLOR

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THESE TYPES OF GATES LET TRAVELERS KNOW WHAT RANCHES THEY ARE ENTERING OR LEAVINGDSC_0055

Wagoner Road leading to the Bradshaw Mountains winds & tumbles it’s way through sweeping valleys with the ever present Bradshaw Mountains on the Eastern horizon.  Some of the road is paved at the beginning out as far as the TK Bar Ranch & from there to the Bradshaws it is a sandy gravel with the road becoming a bit of a challenge in spots if my mind serves me correctly from back in March of 2014

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BRADSHAW MOUNTAIN ON THE HORIZON BUT WE DIDN’T GO THAT FAR TODAY

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HORSE FENCING

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THIS WAS OUR TURN AROUND POINT

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KELLY CHECKS OUT THE ENTRANCE TO THE GOLD BAR RANCH BED & BREAKFAST CAMPGROUND

Returning back to highway 89 from the direction we had just come we decided to take a short ‘truck’ bi-pass around the Hassayampa Bridge.  This bi-pass is definitely an Arizona type western bi-pass alright & is for any local trucks or vehicles deemed too heavy for the overhead steel Hassayampa Bridge.

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THE HASSAYAMPA BRIDGE BI-PASS CUTS ACROSS THE HASSAYAMPA RIVER HEREDSC_0066

YOU CAN SEE THE HASSAYAMPA BRIDGE BEHIND US & THE BI-PASS ROAD ON THE LEFT

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THIS MOUNTAIN STREAM WATER RUNNING ACROSS THE ROAD WAS CRYSTAL CLEAR

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OH NO DAD I GOT MY PAW WET

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HAD WE BEEN HERE A MONTH EARLIER THESE COTTONWOODS & ASPENS WOULD HAVE BEEN SO PRETTY WITH THEIR BRILLIANT GOLD AUTUMN LEAVES

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“UMMM WHY DID WE STOP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RIVER DAD”??  “SO I COULD TAKE A PICTURE OF YOU LOOKING AT THE WATER PHEEBS”

A cool but beautifully sunny Saturday morning up on the Colorado Plateau as we made our way back to the highway then turned south for Yarnell.

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I’M THINKING THOSE ARE THE NORTH SIDE OF THE WEAVER MOUNTAINS

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PRESCOTT IS IN THOSE MOUNTAINS TO THE RIGHT & I’M GUESSING THAT PEAK MIGHT BE GRANITE MOUNTAIN

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HEADING SOUTH ON 89 FOR YARNELL & CONGRESS

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ALWAYS LIKE SEEING THIS LARGE HORSE FARM IN PEEPLES VALLEY

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Yarnell’s Thrift Store/Community Center is at the North end of town so we pulled over & parked while Kelly went in for a browse.  Of course it’s not the same kind of browse we liked to do the past few years when we were always looking at things for the house.  We have everything we need now & with the thoughts of  selling the house sometime in the next few years we do not want to pick up any more stuff than we already have.  Kelly came out empty handed anyway saying she didn’t see any super bargooons so that was just as well.  We headed on through Yarnell & leisurely tumbled ourselves down the long winding drop out of the Weaver Mountains on what is affection ally called by area locals, the ‘Yarnell Hill’.  We were home just before 1 p.m. & called it a day.  I like it when we get ourselves out on those little exploratory fun drives…….:))

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JUST A NICE AUTUMN FEELING DAY IN YARNELL ARIZONA

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PHEEBS WAITS PATIENTLY TO SEE IF MOM FINDS A GOOD DEAL ON ANY YUMMY DOGGY TREATS:))

GROANER’S CORNER:(( Ten common fishing terms explained::

Catch and Release - A conservation motion that happens most often right before the local Fish and Game officer pulls over a boat that has caught over it's limit.

 
Hook - (1) A curved piece of metal used to catch fish. (2) A clever advertisement to entice a fisherman to spend his live savings on a new rod and reel. (3) The punch administered by said fisherman's wife after he spends their life savings (see also, Right Hook, Left Hook).

Line - Something you give your co-workers when they ask on Monday how your fishing went the past weekend.

Lure - An object that is semi-enticing to fish, but will drive an angler into such a frenzy that he will charge his credit card to the limit before exiting the tackle shop.

Reel - A weighted object that causes a rod to sink quickly when dropped overboard.

Rod - An attractively painted length of fiberglass that keeps an angler from ever getting too close to a fish.
School - A grouping in which fish are taught to avoid your $29.99 lures and hold out for spam instead.

Tackle - What your last catch did to you as you reeled him in, but just before he wrestled free and jumped back overboard.

Tackle Box - A box shaped alarmingly like your comprehensive first aid kit. Only a tackle box contains many sharp objects, so that when you reach in the wrong box blindly to get a Band Aid, you soon find that you need more than one.

Test - (1) The amount of strength a fishing line affords an angler when fighting fish in a specific weight range. (2) A measure of your creativity in blaming "that darn line" for once again losing the fish.

16 comments:

  1. Beautiful country drive, hope to check out that area someday.

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  2. Another familiar road trip. Thanks for the memories.

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  3. Did that used to say "Cornerstone" Bakery? If the muffins are good, they don't need a sign. :)

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  4. A great outing for sure. Those front gates are pretty darn fancy...but then it is also some very high-priced Real Estate I guess.

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  5. Always nice reading and viewing your blogs Al, especially ones that are deja vu from former exploration trips you took..Nice photos.

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  6. Sounds like a nice drive. We enjoy that sort of outing too - yesterday's was punctuated by local Christmas markets. Those are some gates the ranches have.

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  7. Another nce drive around the country side, think we need to check out that area just cause..

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  8. Always enjoy your journal. Thanks for the time you spend putting it together.

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  9. Loved the photos today - well, I always do, but those different kinds of gates were fascinating.

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  10. Photo of "Proud Pheebs" in the front seat and expression of dismay
    on Kelly in the back......Priceless!

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  11. Nice for Pheebs to give Kelly the bigger seat to stretch out in :-) We love those morning drives to "wherever", especially on a pretty sunny day. Love the ranch gates, all so different. Interesting that they redirect heavy vehicles to a sandy river bed for driving....I guess it works. What's left of Yarnell is still so nice. Are there any signs of rebuilding after the fire?

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  12. Thanks for the memories! It was 10 degrees this a.m. so I basked in the sunshine through your blog. I love the photos of Pheebs--she "owns" that front seat!

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  13. Found this about the TK Bar Ranch
    http://maughanranches.com/ranches.html

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  14. That Pheebes sure is a Princess haha poor Kelly. Nice drive and as always great pictures

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