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In September, we made a trip back to Prescott, Ariz. after we stopped for a night on the river in Laughlin, Nev. We took the loop off Highway 40 on Route 66 to Peach Springs.

We stayed in Prescott before, but did not see the downtown area. This time we stayed at the Hassayampa Inn, a beautiful old hotel in the downtown area located within walking distance to everywhere.

The hotel was built in 1927 and had a multi-million dollar renovation in 1985, restoring it to original beauty while incorporating many modern conveniences. It still has the original elevator from 1927 and is operated by an employee.

Since we were right downtown we could easily check out the old “Whiskey Row,” which consists of many taverns up and down the street. Something like “Brewery Gulch” in Bisbee, Ariz. we visited a few years ago.

The next morning we went to a nice café called the Lone Spur. The waitress asked where we were from and the hostess overheard us say Lompoc. Renee, the hostess, told us she had grown up in Lompoc and her parents had AJ Spurs before moving 10 years ago to Prescott. She said the décor there probably looked familiar as it was boots, spurs, antlers etc. We had already ordered and I was a little scared as I know how much food they serve at AJ’s. It was the same way there with many people sharing their meals.

There were also a lot of antique stores downtown. One afternoon we took a drive around through Skull Valley and stopped in Nowhere, Ariz., then took the drive back over the curvy White Spar switchbacks on Highway 89 to Prescott. When we left to come home we took a road out of Chino Valley which was called Williamson Valley. (Oh, yes, they have some of those roundabouts like we will most likely get on Highway 246. Very confusing to me! I am left handed and I don’t think they are designed for my left brain.) On this road the houses were beautiful as we drove along several miles, when suddenly a sign had “end of pavement.” These roads just seem to grab us, so we traveled 55 more miles on the dirt road to Seligman, Ariz. and then the old Route 66.

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We ended our trip at the Templeton bull sale where we purchased a bull and headed home.

Great weather, scenery and dirt roads made another great get-away!

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