A Little Adventure
A Little Adventure
by rdpecken on Oct.02, 2011, under Area
On all of our trips to the Ranch, we pass by a turnoff that says, “Perkinsville – XX Miles” (I don’t remember how many miles, maybe 17 or so…)
So on this trip, on the way back, we came up on that sign again, and I thought, “Maybe this is a shortcut to I-17… Seems like about the right distance.”
So As I was making the turn to Perkinsville, I asked John, “Are you up for a little adventure?”. Turns out, it was a little more than I expected. The road started out as a nice paved two-lane road going to the Drake Cement Plant. Within just a couple of miles, we got the dreaded sign that says something like… “Travel at your own risk, unmaintained road”. But the road was still in pretty good shape, so we decided to continue on. Here is the path we ended up taking. Starting at Drake, and ending up in Jerome, AZ.
Once the pavement ended, we had a pretty good view from point #1 on the map, toward the Sedona area.
About an hour into the trip, we came across a pretty cool place where a creek had eroded out some rocks (about point # 2, on the map).
Finally, about 1-1/2 hrs in, we found the Verde River crossing.
Upon reaching the river, we found the Perkinsville Bridge (Location # 3). It looks more like something in Nebraska, than in Arizona, but water will do that to this place.
The Verde river is pretty small at this point, and seems to back up under the bridge.
The Downsteam side flows a little cleaner…
There is a nice little corral next to the river…
As we climbed up the side of Mingus Mountain, we had a nice view to the north (Location # 4)…
and finally, we dropped back into the Verde Valley off the mountain (Location # 5)
All told, it was about a 3 hour shortcut.
October 4th, 2011 on 3:56 pm
I really enjoyed this Adventure! We really have some nice pictures! It is to bad no one had a camera on the Locked Gate Route 66 short cut!
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