Sunday, August 05, 2007
I haven't lived in Prescott Arizona in about 6 or 7 years. I originally lived with my grandparents there and attended Yavapai College before transferring to Northern Arizona University. I enjoyed living there with my grandparents. While the development that has happened since I lived there is quite sad, Prescott seems to be getting rain, which should be good for the drought.
I flew into Prescott on Sunday morning where Grandad and Evorine picked me up from the airport.
I then drove them back to Prescott where they attended a Sunday school class business meeting with me. Their Sunday school class was much as I remembered, filled with cheerful old people. Their church seems to be undergoing some difficulties however. Their senior pastor left recently and young people seem to be leaving the church. They seem to be shrinking slightly and the leadership is trying to shake things up.
After that, we returned to their home in the Ponderosa forest. I had a great time visiting them and miss them a lot. They showed me pictures of my Grandad's 90th birthday celebration last year where all of the family and grandchildren were present, save myself. I wish I could have gone, but the distance and work demands made things impossible. Their Sunday school class had put on a huge production for his birthday, and Evorine flew out all the family for the epic event. Regardless, it was great to see them again and be reunited.
I also managed to visit hike up Thumb Butte, a popular natural spot that dominates the skyline of the sleepy little town of Prescott. I fondly recall hiking up there with friends and even my Grandad years ago. It also has some great rock climbing along its South face that I remember climbing with friends I've long since lost touch with. Here's to you Will Turnage and Jonathan Dunn!