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On the way to Cottonwood and Jerome

On the way to Cottonwood and Jerome

On the way to Cottonwood and Jerome

On the way to Cottonwood and Jerome

On the way to Cottonwood and Jerome

Hippie Emporium in Cottonwood

Neat ship

Hippie Emporium in Cottonwood

Hippie Emporium in Cottonwood

Nancy trying on some hippie gear

Hippie Emporium in Cottonwood

Peggy checking out some colorful clothing

Native American artwork

Cottonwood

Nice mural in Cottonwood

Cottonwood

Nancy goofing around

Cottonwood

Robert, Peggy and Nancy in Cottonwood

Jerome, Arizona

Jerome, Arizona

Jerome, Arizona

Jerome, Arizona

Jerome, Arizona

Nancy

Nancy and Peggy having some fun

Robert as Elvis

Jerome, Arizona

Jerome, Arizona

Inside a shop in Jerome

Shop window in Jerome, Arizona

Above Jerome on Rt 89A

At a scenic overlook above Jerome

Near Camp Verde, Arizona

A Native American Casino near Camp Verde, Arizona


We left at about 8:00 am and returned at about 8:00 pm after a great day trip to and from Cottonwood and Jerome, Arizona. Nancy and I rode with Robert and Peggy in their van and had a great time mostly just goofing around doing whatever we felt like doing. The Hippie Emporium was a hoot! After messing around in Cottonwood for a while we moved on to Jerome, Arizona.

Jerome was a serious mining town in times past and rivaled other wild west towns like Dodge and other wide open and probably quite dangerous towns in the old west. The mining has long ago played out and all that remains are about 400 permanent residents who are mostly artists, shop owners and other artsy, craftsy type people. Lots of shops to spend your money in if you're so inclined, which I'm not. Jerome is located quite a ways up in the mountains above Cottonwood and Clarksdale and the road thru town is very narrow and very twisty. We followed a large motorhome thru town and he was clearly struggling. He came thru unscathed, but there were some real close calls. I could drive the Dutch Star thru town but would rather not.

We had lunch at a local Mexican restaurant and then headed to the Camp Verde area where we spent a little while at a Native American casino. I spent $15 or $20 on slot machines and won $13.35. We watched one lady win about $1700 on about a $25 investment and then her mother took over the machine and won another $750. I'm not much into gambling, but it was fun messing with it for a little while.

Lots of driving, but we had a great time.



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