Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Church, Farewell and Prescott

Sunday morning the 4 of us, Larry, Joanne, Tom and I, decided to go to church services in Wickenburg. The emcee for the parade on Saturday made mention that he was the pastor at Hope Assembly church and gave a invitation to all that Sunday services would include the performer, Jack Jackson,(who was entertaining there on Saturday) and afterwards there would be a barbeque lunch. So that is where we went for church services. Being a Pentacostal church it was very different from the services that we are accustomed to. The services lasted 2 hours but the second hour was Jack Jackson performing. At the conclusion of the service a very nice barbeque lunch was served.
Monday morning Larry and Joanne packed up and moved on. It was nice being together the past few days and we were sorry to see them leave but they had been in this area for 2 weeks and had "hitch itch". We knew the feeling and bade them safe travels and we would be seeing each other after we all get back east. I then did a load of wash, Tom did some outside cleaning of the motorhome and then we went to Congress for lunch. Joanne and Larry had recommended a restaurant so we wanted to try it. We agree with them that the restaurant, Nichols West, is not much to look at on the outside but the food is really good.
Today, Tom and I went north to Prescott for the day. The drive up to Prescott is a very scenic drive going up mountains and seeing miles off in the distance. Of course as we were ascending the mountains the temperature was dropping several degrees despite the warm sunshine. Our first stop in Prescott was at the Visitor's Center. From there we went to The Sharlot Hall Museum. Sharlot Hall (1870-1943) was a poetry writer and had interest in frontier history. This museum has buildings, including Arizona Territorial governor's mansion, that are open for the public. The mansion is a rustic log building.

Eleven years later the Fremont House was built and the 5th Territorial governor lived in this house made of sawn lumber and much more modern than the previous "mansion". In a building displaying a vehicle collection there were a group of ladies doing quilting. Quilts are made and raffled off to help make money for the museum. From the museum we decided it was time to get some lunch so we stopped at a Mexican restaurant, El Charro, that was not the best but it satisfied the hunger pangs. Our final stop was at Sam's Club to restock.