Happy Trails Resort
(a reminder this blog is from 2019)
It was Steve's birthday (starting a NEW decade!) and he really wanted to go to one of those Hibachi style restaurants where they cook in front of a table of several people.
Birthday Girl was on the right and visiting from New York.
We ordered a birthday desert for us and them. It was a nice dinner.
And now for some OLD. We don't usually get much time out while we're in Surprise so this time we decided to check out some different locations in the Phoenix area.
We have never visited the Vulture City Mine which is only a half hour or so away so we decided to take a drive.
It was $10 admission to get in and walk around the grounds. The Vulture mine began in 1863 when Henry Wickenburg, a prospector from California's gold rush, discovered a quartz outcropping containing gold. The mine was named Vulture City. The town had a population of several thousand with a brothel, mess hall, and post office.
Old Wells Fargo Bank
Many of the buildings have been rebuilt.
The Hanging Tree
The bullion was kept below ground in this hole.
My Grampa used to own a Flying Ace Gas Station.
It was hot but we really enjoyed the mine and the stories the staff told us. They have done a great job with the grounds.
On the way back we came upon this sharp right turn. Think they have enough signs?
We also stopped at this memorial sign we spotted on the way in.
Some little sculptures around town.
Henry Wickenburg, founder of the Vulture Mine and the town of Wickenburg.
On the way out we spotted this fancy aluminum looking Tesla. Interesting.