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A Lake Pleasant Back Road Adventure

Mike and I almost went camping out at Lake Pleasant during the New Year’s Weekend. But since neither of us wanted to camp in one of the established campgrounds — we don’t like living too close to other people — and we didn’t really know the back roads north of the lake very well, we decided to leave the camper home. Instead, we made a day trip of it on New Years Eve Day, taking my Jeep on the back roads, GPS turned on, to see what we could learn about potential campsites for the future.

Here’s a quick summary …

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Old Guest Book 2005 Entries

The following are the entries that appeared in the original wickenburg-az.com Guest Book for the year 2005. That Guest Book was discontinued when we switched to the new Web site format on January 1, 2006.

On 12/27/2005, Rebecca Haldeman of Sharon, WI, USA wrote: I was looking at a map of Wickenburg earlier today and the town name “Constellation” stuck out to me. I also noticed that there was only one road leading in and out of Constellation and wondered what it would be like to live in a town with only one outlet to the world. Google Maps had …

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For Christmas Comes But Once a Year

Among the things that haunt old newspapermen are stock, seasonal “stories” that come around again and again.

This week’s astonishing revelation is that some kids are afraid to talk to Santa Claus at the mall.

I was a victim of Santaphobia. When I was five or six, Grandpa Cook drove me from Peoria to one of the department stores in downtown Phoenix. (This was some years before malls began luring the department stores from downtown.)

As we approached Santa, I freaked. He didn’t look anything like the storybook Santa. He was a real guy with a phony beard. I told …

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Top Ten Things To Do in Wickenburg

Nestled in the foothills of the Vulture Mountains, along the banks of the Hassayampa River, is an oasis in the Sonoran Desert: Wickenburg. Founded in the late 1800s to support Henry Wickenburg’s Vulture Mine, the town has evolved throughout the years to become a modern community rich in the traditions of the old west.

While Wickenburg has often been listed among the top places in the country to retire, it’s also a great place to visit, with plenty of activities for people of any age. Here are my top ten suggestions:

1. Stay at a Guest Ranch

Wickenburg is often …

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