In September we met up with friends outside of Jerome Arizona. Now I love the Jerome area. It is quirky, there are forests, and generally a magnificent view from wherever you stand.
The Sedona Verde Valley Tourism Council has some great information on their site.
On the eastern slope of Cleopatra Hill, under a big white J, is the mining town of Jerome with its sloped rooftops; winding, cobblestone streets; and reminders of its heyday as a mining town. It’s no surprise that the entire city is designated a historic landmark; it is certainly a must-see for any lover of frontier and/or mining history…. Jerome began to earn its identity as a billion-dollar copper town in the 1880s when the first miners dug for Jerome’s rich ore deposits….
By 1920, the town swelled to 15,000 residents, and the mining companies built diversions for their employees, who came from all over the world. This included a clubhouse, an opera house, saloons and restaurants. (It’s said that at one time there were 14 Chinese restaurants in the small town on the hill.) There was even a red-light district. Over the years, most of these buildings burned down in a series of fires, but the town was always rebuilt. Many of Jerome’s businesses are housed in buildings constructed after the fires of 1894 and 1899. A number of them have been restored.
On this particular adventure we not only had dogs represented in the Jeep but the kid too. When I say “kid” I mean our 20 something fully grown child. She had been living in Alaska for the past two years and came home to Arizona to hover until she found her next adventure.
We had to pull our way through some rocks and Jeff is pretty good for ensuring we are well equipped for whatever it is we may find. During the ride we took a short video, the language must be excused she must get it from him as it goes from bad to worse and if you know me then you know I never use that kind of language (if our lives had sound tapes like TV shows a raucous laughter track would play right about now).
We bump and bumble through the rock and as with most of our Jeep time there is a lot of laughter. Again Jeff is pretty good about being sure we can accomplish whatever we set out to do. Well, except for the hitch on this day. It kept getting hung up on rocks. At one point we found ourselves a little stuck. Simple right? Remove the hitch you say? The keys … are at home. (Insert laughter track again here please)
A little teamwork, a little leverage and voila! We are back on the trail. Arizona forests are beautiful. There truly is something for everyone here: desert runs, red rocks, trees, creeks and streams, waterfalls. All we need to do is get out there and find them, and in the end it doesn’t matter where you end up just who you ride with… on a trail and in life.
More Jerome Arizona
Friends along the trail of Jerome Arizona
And pretty places near Jerome Arizona
The daughter unit, dogs are in back. (Of course)
A Creek bed outside Jerome Arizona: Video – warning – we cuss.