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We are starting a weekly meetup that’s a little different from the norm. This will run from late spring throughout the summer. Island happy hour is something I’ve been doing for about 5 years now. It’s a nice little mid-week getaway for a couple hours. We meet at either the north ramp or the south ramp at Watson Lake with your kayak/canoe or any other lake suited vessel. (something that floats) We head out to an island & listen to some music enjoy some beverages/snacks and the company of others. There is no charge for parking on Wednesdays. This event is cross posted with the Ladies and gentlemens group. Please only RSVP on one group.
What to bring: Kayak/canoe etc. PFD (life vest) Paddle
Folding chair that fits in your boat
Beverages of choice.
Snacks to share (finger foods, chips, fruit etc.)
Sweater light jacket.
Where to meet:
We will meet at either the south or north ramp. I will give notice each week.
When you enter the park. Take the first right and go all the way to the end. You will see the ramp and parking lot.
When you enter Watson Lake park. Go straight and turn left just after the big field on the left. Drive to the parking area. You can drive down the road to the lake and drop off your boats/gear. You must then park your vehicle back up the hill unless you have a disabled permit. (2 spaces)
For those who do not have a kayak or lake suited vessel. I have a small kayak rental business and I can bring extra kayaks/vests/paddles for a small donation. You can contact me with ample notice at[masked]
Happy Hour Party
Let's dress up in our best outfits, sweats or jammies and party from the comfort of our couches.
We can eat, drink, dance or play a game. We will be playing trivia games. Sometimes, we have talented musicians performing a bit.
If you would like to moderate trivia, give me a shout out.
Mary Arbuckle is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Mary Arbuckle's Zoom Social Party
Time: Jul 30,[masked]:00 PM Arizona
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Fain Park sits on 100 acres of land and features a bridge over a fishing lake along with historical artifacts including a refurbished stamp mill. More than 80 acres of the park are still in their natural state. This is a level 2+ hike due to the rocky terrain!
Fain Park first opened to the public on August 16, 1997. The Fains, one of the area’s original frontier families, donated the 100-acre parcel of land to the citizens of Prescott Valley. The Town of Prescott Valley is developing this park in two phases. The western half is open to recreational activities.
We encourage picnicking, hiking, fishing and gold panning. The lake is stocked with fish by the Arizona Game & Fish Department. An Arizona fishing license is required. Check with AZGFD for current fishing regulations.
Photo by Heidi Dahms Foster
The eastern half of the park, when opened, will include a replica 1890s gold town (Massicks), the Fitzmaurice Ruin archeology site, the restored Barlow-Massicks Victorian house and a regional museum.
Photo by Heidi Dahms Foster
construction on the Victorian house in the park in 1891. He also founded a town on the flats adjacent to and north of the house, along with a U.S. Post Office that bore his name. His $10 million enterprises ended in 1899 when he died from an accidental pistol shot.
Thomas Gibson Barlow-Massicks
and dog Towler
Fain Park’s rich history
Occupation of the Fain Park site dates as far back as 200 BC. The “Prescott Tradition People” lived in primitive earthen homes and prospered off the water supply from Lynx Creek. They hunted for deer and antelope, and farmed around the Clipper Wash area, 2 miles south of this site. As the civilization grew, the Prescott Tradition People chose to live in a more compact fashion, which gave birth to the most significant archeology site in Central Yavapai County - the Fitzmaurice Ruins. This site, located on the south side of Lynx Creek, contained more than 30 rooms. Many are still evident today. The University of Arizona was the first, in the 1930s, to excavate the site, and later, with Yavapai College, conducted a second archeological dig. Many of the artifacts recovered are now on display at Prescott’s Smoki Museum.
The first Anglo occupation of this area came with the Walker Party in 1864. This group of miners found gold in the adjacent Bradshaw Mountains. As the search for gold
Barlow-Massicks Victorian House
continued, the miners followed Lynx Creek to Fain Park and found considerable quantities
of the precious metal. As news quickly traveled, the Fain Park area also attracted a Chinese colony, an English partnership, and a variety of sophisticated gold mining efforts that included extensive hydraulic and dredging operations. Records show in excess of $100 million worth of gold was removed from the immediate vicinity.
The most notable gold mining effort was made by English entrepreneur Thomas Gibson Barlow-Massicks. Barlow-Massicks arrived in the area in 1890.
Let's hike the beautiful Lynx Lake trail starting from the North Shore area.
Due to the current situation please make sure that you can attend the hikes before you RSVP YES. That way others can have the chance to RSVP.
I recommend wearing a mask around your neck so that you can pull it up over your nose and mouth when you get closer to people to chat! We will follow Social Distancing.
This will be a kickback hike. We will loop the trail #311 to do a 3 mile hike.
I love ❤️ this trail because of the constant canopy of shade provided by the dense forest 🌳!
Directions to North Shore:
From Prescott, AZ: South on Hwy 69, pass shopping mall on right, go right (south) on Walker Rd. (by Costco). South on Walker Rd for approximately 1.5 miles.
Make a left when you see the Lynx Lake Cafe sign. The first Lynx Lake exit you North Shore!!
Go passed the Cafe parking to the North Shore parking area.
WHEN YOU SEE THE LYNX LAKE CAFE SIGN (THE FIRST LYNX LAKE EXIT OFF WALKER RD,)
TURN LEFT THAN GO PASSED THE CAFE AND PARK IN PUBLIC PARKING "NORTH SHORE"!
For additional upper body workout, Using hiking sticks helps you get a better workout:
Here's a link to walk for your charity of choice:
Reminder appropriate hiking shoes and hiking sticks recommended! Dress in layers,a hat and lots of water 💦!!
Use sunblock! Hiking is a sport therefore, personal preparations are very important! Please be mindful of your own limitations because hiking is a sport therefore you are responsible for yourself!
Hikers: BEING AWARE THAT ON AND OFF TRAIL HIKING, ROCK CLIMBING, CROSSING STREAMS AND TRAVELING IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN ARE HAZARDOUS ACTIVITIES, AND YOU ARE VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATING IN THESE ACTIVITIES WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE DANGER INVOLVED, AND YOU HEREBY AGREE TO ACCEPT, AND YOU VOLUNTARILY ASSUME, ANY AND ALL RISK OF DEATH, INJURY, LOSS, OR DAMAGE TO PERSON OR PRO