It was Friday and Hubby said lets go for a jaunt tomorrow. Now, most of the time I do the planning so this was a treat.!
First we headed up toward Flagstaff but of course we had to have breakfast at the Cliff Castle Casino and can you believe it? I won $40.00 on a penny machine and cashed out and took it with us:)
Only less than 2 hours and we were up in the snow...
We drove through Flagstaff and headed toward Williams, Az.
This was our destination
is approximately 160 acres and visitors will drive through more than three miles of Ponderosa Pine Forest when they visit.
Smaller and baby animals are exhibited in Fort Bearizona, a beautiful 20 acre walk-thru area, along winding paths.
This opened in 2010 and we had never been through it. Fortunate for us we follow a bus tour so they put food close to the road and the animals all came up close. It was fantastic....
Yes, up close and personal!
They are building a beautiful lodge and I hope we can go up and stay one week-end.
After our tour we headed to town for lunch. Hubby suggested Rod's steakhouse
. This area is our old stompin ground from when we were kids and Rod's steakhouse was a BIG
deal and I had never had lunch there and only dinner after we were married.
This has been in front of the restaurant from the beginning but the new thing is that it is chained. I guess people tried to steal it. The restaurant opened in 1946, two years before I was born and the food has always been excellent. We shared a prime rib sandwich and it was devine! Here is a few pictures of the inside...
Hanging dried chilies
There is also a large dinning room to the back. I was thrilled to have my sandwich on the original dishes....
(sorry for the leftover potato salad...thought I wiped it clean)
From here we headed down the hill to our hometown of Ash Fork
and stopped to visit hubby's brother.......
He has had a couple of rough years so was glad to see him up and about.
A 322 mile jaunt ........
Tired but it was fun.