This is actually “Act II” from last week’s post. The same day Willy had lunch at Barley Hound he played tourist at the Historic Prescott Courthouse Square. It really was a magnificent day. This is my hometown – born and raised, but believe it or not, I can count on one hand the number of times I have actually spent time on the square.
We enjoyed the historical statues of Prescott history. Prescott was the Territorial capitol of Arizona before we became a state. Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders originated here in Prescott.
We have a rich military history with the Calvary at Fort Whipple, but Prescott also has a rich cowboy and ranching heritage as well. We really liked this statue of a Cowboy at rest.
My son, Tyler, came with us. Tyler is a veteran. This monument honoring the local veterans who gave their lives serving our country was especially meaningful.
In typical Willy style, he enjoyed every moment, even the moments we took a break to rest a few minutes.
Willy enjoyed seeing all the sights, smelling all the different smells and meeting the different dogs who were also enjoying a stroll on the square. Willy enjoyed making new human friends as well.
We ended the day relaxing on the lush grass, soaking up the summer warmth and clean mile high air.
I decided that Willy and I needed to explore our own hometown and discover new adventures to be had locally. We discovered a fabulous, dog friendly cafe in down town Prescott, Arizona called The Barley Hound.
They bring out water for your four-legged family member when they bring yours. They even have meals you can order off the menu for your dog! What fun! Willy ordered the steak and rice.
After we ordered, Willy waited patiently for his food. We enjoyed the beautiful day out on the cafe patio. It was a perfect day for eating outdoors.
They brought Willy’s food out on a Frisbee! Willy really enjoyed eating his lunch beside me. He felt extra special.
When he was finished eating, he had a new toy to play with! This place is so much fun. For all my local friends and even those who may wish to travel to visit Prescott, The Barley Hound is a MUST for your itinerary!
With a full tummy, Willy relaxed and did a little “people watching” while I finished my lunch and dessert. The food is amazing with fun options to order such as duck fries and shark tacos! The upside down Key lime Pie … YUM! If you are a connoisseur of fine beer, like my son Ty, you will appreciate their great selection of local brewed light or dark beer.
Willy and I are having fun exploring our own “back yard” and can’t wait to share our adventures with you! Until next time, be sure to take time out of your day to relax and enjoy where you live!
**Neither Willy nor I receive any compensation for this recommendation**
Their celebration started off with a lively game of Watermelon Roll, which perhaps is a dogs version of the Watermelon Crawl. Rusty, Carly, Ammo and Willy had so much fun rolling the watermelon around the lawn. It was the “Best Day of Willy’s Life”, well until the next best day!
Willy’s son, Ammo, knew there just had to be something wonderful inside this big green ball.
Willy waited patiently for the special treat I promised him – the prize inside the big green ball.
I cut the watermelon up and let them enjoy the sweet deliciousness of this wonderful summer fruit. This was Willy (and his pals) very first time eating watermelon. They loved it!
Willy savored every bite of his piece of watermelon. He took his time which is quite unusual for him. I think he liked his special surprise treat.
*** For my regular readers, yes, I did post this a few days early. But, I wanted to post it on the actual National Watermelon Day. Also, my husband and I are going on a trip this weekend and I will be on the road Sunday, my regular day. Until next time, enjoy all the things that only summer holds, like watermelon!
Although I was born in Prescott, Arizona and have lived in the area all but a few short months of my life, I am STILL discovering places to go and things to do in my home town. One discovery is this wonderful trail.
The 6 mile Peavine Trail is one of the few Rails to Trails projects in Arizona. It was originally built by the Santa Fe Railway in 1893. It winds around the back side of Watson Lake and the Granite Dells boulders. Willy and I didn’t hike the whole 6 miles but what we did hike was filled with beautiful scenery such as the wild Grapevines and Black Walnut trees that grow along the trail.
There are several little side trails to explore as well. Willy and I especially enjoyed this one, which took us to the back edge of Watson Lake where Willy was able to cool off.
Willy and I followed the white dots just like it said.
It was fun climbing the granite boulders. Willy felt like a real mountain climber!
Willy and I can’t wait for another fun local expedition. You don’t necessarily have to travel to find adventure. Sometimes you can find it in your own backyard.
Living on a ranch provides the best backdrops for a photo shoot.
Willy and I found some old wooden corrals one day while helping put out salt blocks for the cattle. I could not resist this amazing photo opportunity. The spring flowers were in full bloom making for gorgeous photos.
What a fun place to take photos. These corrals may be old, falling apart and rotting in some places, but they hold so much character; remnants of days gone by.
On the same day, we found this tree. It had low, sprawling branches and Willy had fun climbing it and balancing on the branch. It doesn’t take much to entertain Willy.
It is the simple things in life that bring the most pleasure. A sunny spring day, a quiet walk, and time spent with those you love. In this case, it was all three. Until next time, stop and enjoy the simple things.
Willy Loved to go check the waters and put out salt with us.
Living on a ranch definitely has its advantages. It is a great life for dogs. Willy, always ready for adventure, was overjoyed to get in the ranch truck and help us out. On this particular day we were checking to make sure the water supplies were full and the cattle had salt blocks to lick.
Willy started out clean, but he didn’t end up that way. Boys will be boys, they say. I guess it rings true for dogs as well.
We let Willy and his pal Rusty go swimming. They had a blast swimming, chasing sticks, chasing butterflies, and running in the mud!
Life is too short, sometimes you just have to get good and dirty. Why not? It washes off. Until next time, Happy Trails!
Willy was excited to play the Easter Bunny for Rusty and Sadie this year. Of course we had to do a photo shoot first – well, because he looked so darn cute in his bunny ears!
He is such a good sport about these photo shoots. In fact, he is always joking around for the camera.
I sometimes call him Silly Willy. At one point in the photo shoot he had to stop and check if the eggs were real or not.
He was thrilled when I finally told him it was time to hide the eggs.
He scoped out the yard looking for all the best hiding spots.
First, he hid an egg in the tulips. That was when he decided it would be faster without the ears.
So off to work he went hiding the rest of the eggs!
He thought he was very clever hiding an egg by the bunny statue.
Now it was finally time for Rusty and Sadie to go hunt the Easter eggs! Willy was so excited!
Willy counted the eggs to make sure they found them all. What a fun day! Happy Easter from Willy and the Gang. My family and I will be celebrating the true reason for the holiday, but we just might hunt some eggs as well!