Mt. Mingus Wanderings.

I spent the last week in the Prescott, Arizona area.  About two years ago I blogged about what a great place Prescott is and I’m happy to report nothing has changed, there is still lots to do within about a 60 mile radius, making it a great place to wander for a week.  I have good friends in Prescott Valley and visited them for a few days last weekend and then during the week, I explored the dusty trails in and around Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Skull Valley and the old mining town of Jerome.  On the north-west side of the Mingus Mountains, near the town of Jerome, the trails offer great views of the red rocks of Sedona and the snow covered San Francisco peaks of Flagstaff to the north.  I camped in the Mingus Recreation Area for a few nights at about 7800 feet elevation.  Daytime temperatures in Prescott Valley are already reaching about 90 degrees, but just a few miles to the east and about 3000 feet higher in elevation the temps are considerably cooler on Mt. Mingus!  No “wandering-adventure” would be complete without a great meal or two!  I re-discovered the “tequila lime burrito” from Beto’s Corner in Camp Verde…. well worth a visit if you are in the area!
If you don’t know Prescott or the surrounding area, you really need to visit.  Sedona and Flagstaff are easy day-trips and the Mingus Mountain Recreation area is only half an hour away!To me, the Prescott area is…
a little bit “crunchy”…. Prescott College,
a little bit “cowboy”…. the nation’s oldest continuous rodeo….
a little bit “artsy”…. Sedona
and a whole-lotta outdoors…..
The trail from Chino Valley to Jerome.
The hills to the north west of Jerome.
Sedona and Flagstaff to the north.
Mt Mingus Recreation Area.
Camping in the Mingus Recreation Area.
Camping in the Mingus Recreation Area.
The forest is dry and the fire threat is high!
The Tequilla Lime Burrito from Beto’s Corner in Camp Verde.
Remnants of the mining industry in Jerome.


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I am an adventure-loving American man, with a severe case of wander-lust and a desire to experience as much of this wonderful world as humanly possible. Every place I have visited or lived has taught me something about life and helped me grow. For me, traveling opens my eyes to how similar the human race is, yet at the same time, how unique we all are. I hope this blog will motivate you to put down the TV remote, dust off your backpack and decide to take a chance on an adventure. It can be a walk in a new neighborhood 2 miles from home or a trip to a far off distant land. I have lived in or visited over 50 countries during my life and hope to see many more. I want to share my experiences. I hope you enjoy the blog. -WAND3R3R, Somewhere on the Globe, 2014.