When we decided to go to Congress AZ to visit our friends Al and Kelly we went with the intention of dry camping at the BLM dispersed campground just down the road from them. When you are travelling with three dogs, you don’t stay with people, actually even without dogs we wouldn’t stay with anyone.
After a few minutes at their house on Ghost Town Rd, we knew it would be fine, Jake and Pheebe became friends and the Bostons were running free in the fenced yard. Al & Kelly are easy to be around, sometimes we hung out with them, other days we did some touring on our own.
Al and Kelly’s home.
Our Rv spot
On Sunday Skip and I drove around a bit and stopped at an interesting business not far from A and K ‘s house.
We think he mills and sell lumber, but we were interested in the small buildings he had built.
The door on this building is carved, there are two little birds in the hole in the cactus.
This little building is for sale
On Monday morning we left the dogs in the motor home
We don’t want to stay!
We followed Al & Kelly to Stanton Ghost Town, where there are miners ‘living in a RV park, who drive into the mountains on ATVs, looking for gold.
Following the jeep up the road to Stanton
We had to register before we were allowed to look around.
Al just walked by that huge gold nugget, guess he was more interested in reading the sign.
We looked around Stanton for a while and then headed to Yarnell a small town in the mountains which you reach by driving up Yarnell hill which is a series of steep switch backs up the side of the mountain. I got this picture from the internet
While we were in Yarnell we stopped by St Josephs Retreat where they have built a shrine on the side of a cliff with beautiful statues depicting the Stations of the Cross.
We didn’t see all of the shrine but you can read about it here http://www.stjoseph-shrine.org/images/banner.jpg.
We didn’t stay long in Yarnell, we drove back down the hill, and home to Ghost Town Rd,