Marathon or Sprint Posting? Tagging My Prescott Walks-Peavine Trail Photos or Not?

#Prescott Walk 7: Peavine Trail

Welcome, friends to Prescott Walk #5 (I think – I have trouble labeling them, so I’ve lost count already!)

Lisa Coleman, the Bird Weekly Lady and I, together with several of you, are working on a post for next week about organizing photos. The topic that came up repeatedly is about tagging. Lisa is working on an easy way to do it.

Since I moved my Always Write site from to this site last March, I’ve been lax about tagging my photos. So this is my tagging marathon march along Peavine Trail, dedicated to Hugh Roberts with a tag, caption, title and description for every picture.

“Remember – blogging is a marathon, not a sprint.”

Hugh Roberts
Peavine Trail, Prescott
Beginning of the Peavine Trail and Prescott Fire Department Training area

The Ingraos have lived in Prescott three months and somehow missed this beautiful trail only 1.5 miles from our home. Built on the Santa Fe, Prescott & Phoenix railway bed, the trail is flat, wide and safe for walkers and bikers, or those who, like Restless Jo, “Talk to the trees.”

The city now owns the property and along the right side of the trail you can see some of the city’s dumping grounds as well as the Police and Fire training area. That doesn’t impair its natural beauty. Cottonwood trees would obliterate anything remotely unattractive in the summer.

Peavine Trail, Prescott
First peek of the south end of Watson Lake from the start of Peavine Trail accessible off Prescott Lakes Parkway and Highway 89 across from the Sewage Treatment Plant on Sundog Ranch Road.

Part of a 126 acre Riparian Preserve, Watson Woods borders Peavine Trail on the left as you head north from the parking lot. For the most part there are Willows, three kinds of Cottonwood trees, and other flexible shrubs in the preserve.

Peavine Trail, Prescott
Close up of ducks in Granite Creek making slurping sounds – very muddy

Several kinds of ducks lounge and dip into the murky water as they forage for food along the banks of Granite Creek, which runs into Watson Lake. I included this picture of ducks for my new friend/expert photo organizing/ host of the Bird Weekly Challenge, Lisa Coleman. Last week’s challenge was “birds you love.” I love any bird that will sit still long enough for me to take their picture. These birds cooperated with no signs of shyness. If you look closely, you might find a smile.

Peavine Trail, Prescott
We walked between the formations on broad railway bed.

As we continued down Peavine Trail, named for its windiness, we imagined what it was like for the workers carving a narrow path between the Granite Rocks for the SF & P & P Railway.

Chartered on May 27, 1891,”the SFP&P’s 195-mile (314 km) line extended the Santa Fe Railway south into Phoenix. The SFP&P extended another 100 miles (160 km) to the east from Phoenix to Florence and Winkelman via the Phoenix and Eastern Railroad (which would become a Southern Pacific Railroad subsidiary in 1907).” Wikipedia

Peavine Trail, Prescott
Looking up at a formidable Granite Dells rock formation.

I asked Vince if he wanted to climb up the Granite Dells formation, and he said, “I don’t have the right shoes.”

Uh huh, and I don’t have the right feet. He might have been trying to protect my pride. Just beyond this barrier, if you could have seen through it, Granite Creek becomes Watson Lake. “Named after named for Senator James Watson, Indiana, who invested in Chino Valley irrigation projects, (this picturesque lake) resulted from the 1916 damming of Granite Creek.” Sign on Peavine Trail.

Peavine Trail Prescott
A lone patch of snow remains in the shadows of the Granite Dells and shade trees.

Since we had a record snowfall according to our neighbors, not the weather channel, friends have asked if we still have snow. The answer is a resounding yes. Here it is in the valley of the shadow of the SF & P & P Railway.

Since this is a marathon, not a sprint, you will see more photos from our two walks over the next few weeks. We logged about 18,000 steps each in our two days of exploration along the Peavine Trail.


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#Haibun: Granite Dells, Prescott, AZ Walk #2

#Prescott Walk 2 Granite Dells/Watson Lake

Patient Lover

This grand statue, neither made or disturbed by mankind. Carved from rock by the elements.

Gentle, knees to chest
Plant in hand waiting for love
Centuries elapse

He watches until his features are worn off by the wind and sand. His neck shows signs of age.

Kind-hearted, patient
Captures the hearts of many
Leaving him unmoved

His majestic presence, a small outcropping of the Granite Dells overlooks Watson Lake in a small state park in Prescott, AZ.


By Marsha Ingrao  2020

3101 Watson Lake Drive, Prescott, AZ 86301

“Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.”

 Henry David Thoreau

I’ve always been a walker. My husband promised me that if we moved to Prescott, AZ, he would walk with me. He has kept his promise. On Wednesday he planned an outing at Watson Lake Park.

A little over 4 miles North of downtown Prescott, the Granite Dells offer parks open year-round with unique granite rock formations, 2 small lakes, and miles upon miles of trails. 

If you like to bike, there are easy mountain bike rides. Vince and I chose a leisurely hike marked by painted white dots so we wouldn’t get lost. We didn’t attempt the tough and technical terrain that the Dells provides when it comes to outdoor recreation.

Watson Lake is a “No Wake” lake. The park has free entrance on Wednesdays. On other days it is $3.00.

Because Prescott is the “other” mile-high city I get out of breath as I walk. Vince and I decided that .5 miles wouldn’t be too taxing, and it wasn’t.

Easy peasy. We met only two other sets of hikers going the opposite way. Both were friendly and stopped to talk for a second.

Looking at this picture on my phone is like watching a micro movie. You can see Vince taking a step. You can adjust it to bounce or loop making it look like Vince is dancing his way along the trail.

This guy had had enough of us hikers. I caught my foot on the rocks as I climbed down and felt happy that I didn’t fall. He threw up his hands in disgust probably wondering who could be such a klutz on an easy trail. I didn’t fall, so I guess he was trying to plug his ears when I let out a little squeal.

This is the nearest I’m getting on this post to one of Cee’s Midweek Macro/Closeups Challenge.

Endlessly watching
Reflecting hikers onward
Growing old with grace

Traditional Haiku - Marsha Ingrao 2020

These shots are a dime a dozen on the internet if you Google Granite Dells, but only this one is a picture of Vince taking a picture with his new phone. We both felt incredibly free, retired, vacationers.

Island-dotted lake
displaying high water marks
calm this winter day

Traditional Haiku - Marsha Ingrao 2020

As I looked at this rock, the sun peeked over the edge. Quickly, as though I was photographing a flighty bird, I aimed my phone directly into the sun. Gotcha.

On another day
rocks would be under water
minerals growing

Traditional Haiku - Marsha Ingrao 2020

No lake is complete without ducks. Even the cold weather didn’t chase them away just yet. If they get too cold, they can fly to Phoenix or Tucson and be warm. No need to go further south than that. The temperature was a cool 57 with a brisk chilly breeze.

Last picture today. We actually went to three more places to walk around and I have about 60 pictures. However, when I loaded them automatically into One Drive, they loaded as HEIC files instead of JPEG. I learned that is an incredibly efficient file for storing photos that is not compatible with Microsoft or outside software programs like Photoshop. This morning I downloaded these select few photos manually into One Drive, and they loaded as JPEG, a usable file for these purposes.

I hope you enjoyed Vince’s and my Prescott Walk #1 in the Granite Dells. Have a wonderful week.

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