Orchard Ranch RV Resort travel blog

houses with a view

The Ghost Inn Bed and Breakfast

Sedona to the East horizon

Jerome Grand Hotel on top

Mining Company Buildings now house artists work studios

Holding on in heavy wind

storm clouds forming over Jerome

Thursday July 10, 2008- We left the RV for our day trip to Cottonwood for Judy's lab test. The trip took only 1 hour on the freeway. Not much to see but cars and scrub brush. Once in Cottonwood the GPS directed us to the office of Labcorp and we were finished in about 20 minutes. It was lunch time so we went to our favorite Mexican place, La Carreta. We found this place when we camped in Cottonwood with Judy and Jerry and Charlie and Russ earlier this year. Really good food.

The road to Jerome starts winding up 89A right out of Clarkdale and goes up to 6,700 ft in the town center. The photos we took will demonstrate to you how this former mining town which was established in 1876 clings to the mountainside. The town now is a popular destination for tourists, sports car enthusiasts and bikers of all types. The winding switchback road from Prescott Valley makes it a thrill a minute for the bikers and car types. Once you are in Jerome you can park and stroll along the many, many shops and galleries. Bars and Grills are also plentiful. My favorite shop was called "Mooie Christmas and Udder Things". It featured Christmas things with a cow theme. Use your imagination!Jerome,AZ

On the way back to the RV we came across a campground at the 7,200 ft level on the Mingus Mountain area of Prescott National Forrest. We drove in and it was $15 per night with electricity at each site in loop A. Loop B had no hook ups at all. It was 67 degrees there at 3 p.m. It began to thunder and shower so we headed down 89A. At the bottom of the hill the Yavapai County Fairgrounds and Race Track are located right off of Fain Rd. We turned south on Fain Rd and that took us right to the RV. The RV park where we are staying was once owned and operated by the Fain Family. They still own more land in the county than any person or even any agency. The Fain Land and Cattle Company is still going strong.

On Thursday we may have guests coming up to stay overnight and then go to the Ringling Brothers Circus at the Toyota Center in Prescott Valley. The huge new multiuse facility is home to professional ice hockey (the Sundogs) and a minor league Arena Football team. If we go we will have some pictures of the elephants. I will be the one with the baseball cap on my head.

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