Willy Explores Historic Downtown Prescott

Visiting Prescott Courthouse Square Willy style!

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.

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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.

 

 

 

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What’s on the Menu?

Willy went out for lunch and dined in style!

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**

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Hittin’ the Trail

Willy enjoyed our hike on the Peavine Trail.

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.

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Patriotic Pup

Happy 4th of July!

Willy and the rest of our family are very patriotic. We love our country and love to celebrate our independence. I think Willy likes the family BBQ best though. He and his buddies are “ground sweepers” at that event.

We went all out for this photo shoot! We couldn’t help ourselves. We even talked Willy’s pal Rusty into a few poses.

Here where we live is home to the World’s Oldest Rodeo. Prescott, Arizona and the surrounding towns have birthed some of the greatest rodeo cowboys of all time. Rodeo is part of our family heritage as well and several of our family members (including one of my sons) have competed in the past and some are still competing in this very rodeo today. I think Willy makes a great looking cowboy, don’t you?

Although we love to have fun on this holiday, we are humbled by the sacrifices made by our United States military, past and present, that allow us to continue to live in freedom. We are not only a rodeo family, but have family who have served and are currently serving in the US Military. Willy LOVES his military uncles! So to all veterans and active duty, we salute you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Willy wore his best patriotic tie to honor those who fight for Flag and Freedom.

As you and your loved ones celebrate our country’s independence, and enjoy all the festivities, don’t forget to thank those you meet who have served or are serving in our military, because without them you would have nothing to celebrate.

This past week has had its share of intense, gut wrenching moments as we stood at a distance watching our beloved mountains burn in the Goodwin Fire. The fire knocked on the doors of several houses on our family’s 5th generation ranch headquarters, coming within 200 yards of one. Thanks to our brave fire fighters, all homes and structures were saved. But the fire continues to burn as I type this.  Times like this make you realize just what matters; what truly has value. Things can be replaced – lives can not. Just one more reminder that life is about those we love – so live well and love well.

In light of those who have already lost their homes to this fire and those still in its path, I’d like to close this post with some of the lyrics from Lee Greenwood’s song “God Bless the USA”.

If tomorrow all the things were gone
I’d worked for all my life
And I had to start again
With just my children and my wife
I’d thank my lucky stars
To be living here today
Cause the flag still stands for freedom
And they can’t take that away
And I’m proud to be an American
Where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I gladly stand up
Next to you and defend her still today
Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
God bless the USA
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