A SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE #26 – “NO SNIVELING” (For Steven Schutz)

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[Jerome, Arizona]

On the way to the Grand Canyon last week, thirteen intrepid JPGers made their way to Jerome, Arizona, an ancient copper mining town that clings to the side of Mingus Mountain.

We had just cleared Phoenix when the giant electronic signs began to flash their warnings: “Caution: I-17 North Closed at Sedona. Snow and Ice.”

Eighty miles later, and with a threatening sky and dropping temperatures, we exited I-17 and began the slow ascent to Jerome. It was snowing.

Jerome, Arizona enjoys the “distinction” of being the “most haunted” village in America. At least, that’s the claim. The town – now an art colony – trades on its reputation. We stopped for lunch at the “Haunted Hamburger” restaurant.

The weather was so daunting (haunting) that I made no attempt to take pictures, although the restaurant’s picture windows would have normally presented ideal views.

So, I am uploading two pictures I took during my trip to Jerome LAST year. The collage features both the interior and the exterior of Jerome’s famous Connor Hotel, the site of mayhem, murder, and marijuana over the years.

I knew that our JPG colleague, Steven Schutz, was from Jerome, so I asked the charming lady behind the bar if she knew Steve. Of course, she did! Her enthusiastic reply made me wish that Steve were there to renew the relationship.

Anyway, we finished lunch and crept back down the mountain. We drove to Sedona and turned north into the Oak Creek Canyon and thirty miles of snow. So far, so good.

It was pitch dark when we got to Flagstaff. Winter was upon us, and we still had another 90 miles to go! Would we ever get to the Grand Canyon?

Passengers in the middle and back rows of the van began to whine. Whereupon, the driver – remembering the sign he had seen in the Connor Hotel the year before – turned around and snarled, “NO SNIVELING.”

We made it to the Grand Canyon.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

42 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    Wonderful! I really enjoyed Jerome and wish I could go back for a longer time. Best hamburger I ever ate.

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    WOW,..wellllfirst off, I have been in Jerome several times working and playing...the fine looking lady I never met...I wish I have....What a great shot and I am thankful for the tribute....

  • Edith O'Dell

    Edith O'Dell gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    Well stocked bar and great narative

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    Thank you for the photo and the narrative. I never realized how far we went until now. Just aware that we are trying to reach our destination. You did great, really great being the captain! It was amusing oe was it fun to follow you and see you tail gaiting the recreational van and trying with no success of over passing it. Yes, Diana's blink was accidental. Unbelievably, WE MADE It!!!Thank you. I believe in persistence. You never disappoint us. You make it happens, always....

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    What a great collage and narrative! In my own defense, I was NOT sniveling; I'm sure I was coming down with a cold! Plus my death grip on the seat and my clenched jaw would have made it impossible for me to utter a word!! I actually did go into the hotel...they have a very nice restroom....and I had the opportunity to chat with that very same young lady behind the bar. She seemed to not only remember Steven, but she had some very interesting stories about you!! Because our ramrod/driver/tour guide/official JPG leader stuck to a strict schedule, I didn't have time to get the details from her; I'll be going back for the rest of the story!! Seriously.....we are SO thankful for your many hours spent behind the wheel, for your even temper, for your amazing knowledge of the history of the area....for everything!!

  • dawn duffield

    dawn duffield gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    I guess I was out looking for a book lying on a stone at this point!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    Great shots Cuz.... I am sorry I missed that part of the trip!!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    I love reading your narrative and everyone's comments, great shot too by the way, love the inset !

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    Terrific narrative and images! What a great story of this part of the adventure.. sounds like a truly memorable time was had by all!!

  • Raje Esteban

    Raje Esteban gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    Interesting read and capture

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    Love this shot! this place has a lot of character! It's so fun reading your description of the trip to the Grand Canyon. Makes me feel like i was along for the ride.

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    As always, pleasant and humorous stories to tell, like drawn from adventure movies. You are pleasant and stimulating for our curiosity, tireless traveler and curious of all, your stories are beautiful and inspiring, make us want to be with you. Beautiful and pleasant the bartender and his restaurant.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    A fantastic collage together with a creative and witty narration, done in your very own and special style dear Dick. Thank you!

  • Jüri Vissak

    Jüri Vissak gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    Well seen and presented!

  • stuart s

    stuart s   gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    I made one trip to Arizona some 15 years ago and Jerome was one of the places we stopped. It was in late April so the weather was delightful (for a Canadian anyway). We had caesar salad at what we were told was the best place in the US and frankly, although I haven't been everywhere in the US, it was brilliant. We also enjoyed the artist exhibits and found an Anasazi metallic sculpture that we both fell in love with that is proudly displayed in our home. Glad you made it through the snow. Thanks for bringing back some delightful memories.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    What an interesting narrative of your trip and while we are so used to seeing snow where we live it must have been a treat for those of you who don't often see the white stuff...A very colorful collage that you shot of the signs decorating the establishment which you fit into your narrative. A nice tribute to Steven.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    Great photo, love the sniveling part - LOL : ). The Haunted Hamburger was an excellent place to have lunch, their chicken enchilada soup was EXCELLENT and the view out the windows with snow falling was awesome. I wish that we could have explored the town more but we had to get on moving up the road. Seeing snow was rare for us and we thoroughly enjoyed it, especially when it got deeper in Oak Creek Canyon : )

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    What is this world coming to. If you can't snivel at a Western bar, where can you?

  • diana a

    diana a   gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    hahaha!!! i would love to go back and spend more time in haunted jerome... i had hoped to see a ghost! but with the need to reach the canyon, i missed out on any haunting!! that trip was a bit white knuckled at times but so much fun!!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (19 Nov 2011):

    This was such an awesome place and sadly, I only got a few shots of it. The snow was really coming down. It is funny how so many JPGers that were not able to come were along in spirit.

  • Mary Brown

    Mary Brown gave props (19 Nov 2011):

    Wonderful narrative, Dick. Thanks for being such a terrific leader and keeping everyone on schedule. You're the best!

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (20 Nov 2011):

    A remarkable assembly of elements.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (20 Nov 2011):

    A wonderful image and an outstanding narrative! Expertly done!

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck   gave props (20 Nov 2011):

    So many restrictions! Can you still drink there?

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (21 Nov 2011):

    "SSSSSSSSSMOKIN'!" (apologies to Jim Carrey)

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker   gave props (21 Nov 2011):

    You take all the fun out of road trips, Dick. ;-) Love the pic, though.

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer   gave props (21 Nov 2011):

    What a rockin story... nice pix....nephew lives in Sedona.....I will check this out on my next visit

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (21 Nov 2011):

    A great narrative, Dick! I am so glad we got to stop in Jerome. Of course, it would have been fun to explore this intriguing little town. The Haunted Hamburger had the best hamburger I have ever had. The town was so unique! It was like a living movie set. Because you stuck with it, we made it to the Grand Canyon in the pitch dark and freezing cold. Did I mention that it was well worth it? Our views the next day were magical with the snow on the rim. What a memorable trip! Thanks for all you did to get us there and back. It was not easy.

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (21 Nov 2011):

    great photo

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (21 Nov 2011):

    thank you for nice picture and great narrative...

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (21 Nov 2011):

    nice narrative Richard and i love this busy photo!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (22 Nov 2011):

    Excellent!! Great shot Dick!!

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (23 Nov 2011):

    Excellent

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (24 Nov 2011):

    The story and the collage make me feel so regretful that I have missed this part of the meet up!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever   gave props (25 Nov 2011):

    Thanks for the tour!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (26 Nov 2011):

    Funny, as busy as the background is, that beautiful face pulls the eye in very effectively

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia said (27 Nov 2011):

    Master Richard, this is so great ... I am so sad that I missed such a Grand occasion.......... It is not right for you all to have so much fun without n
    me............

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (27 Nov 2011):

    I love it Richard! Wish I could have attended!

  • dawn duffield

    dawn duffield gave props (28 Nov 2011):

    So glad we made it :-)

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (30 Nov 2011):

    Thanks, everyone. Your faves and props are much appreciated. It would be impossible to catalog all that there is to see and do in Arizona. I highly recommend Jerome and all of the Redrock Country. The Indian cave dwellings are particularly interesting, too.

  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand said (20 Dec 2011):

    Great tale; fun photo.

  • Bruce Wendler

    Bruce Wendler said (20 Feb 2012):

    Got to get you up to the old ghost town bar up the Mountain from Keller, CA.

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