Last Of The Arizona Adventures: Ghost Town Jerome

As much as I love Arizona, by the last day I was ready to be home with my kids. However, there was one last day of fun to be had.  We decided to visit a nearby ghost town.

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Jerome, an old mining town, was perched on a mountain side not far from Sedona. I didn’t know much about the place except that it was a ghost town.  I was up for seeing anything new and different.

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I was surprised to find out that Jerome is not just a mining ghost town, but also a “ghost” ghost town.  So much so that not only are the ghost tours booked up for the entire month of October, but the whole town is booked up three years in advance for the entire month of October.  Interesting and kind of creepy…..

We headed to Caduceus Cellars for a wine tasting.

20150906_172512Upon arrival, my sister-in-law knew exactly what she wanted to taste – I, however, did not.  I explained to the bar tender what my taste is and after two tries, I finally just ordered a mimosa.  I have to note that I did taste my sister-in-law’s wine and it was REALLY good.  It was Merkin Vineyards’ Chupacabra Shapeshifter.  Keenan of Tool, owns Merkin Vineyards, so there was also a shop for his music.  My brother and sister-in-law checked it out and then we walked around and found some really neat stores.

An employee at one of the shops we entered took this picture through a kaleidoscope. Can you find us?

An employee at one of the shops we entered took this picture through a kaleidoscope. Can you find us?

Everyone was really nice and welcoming in a small town way. The town had an artsy sophisticated vibe to it which was a sharp contradiction to the incongruity of the town’s appearance.  It was strange, but cool.  On the corner, there was a bar that looked a little too fun.  The music was booming and the people inside were dancing.  It was about 4 pm.  I wonder what the place’s night life looks like.

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I think the Barenaked Ladies do a pretty good job summarizing Jerome.

“Jerome”

When you walk in Jerome
You never walk alone
‘Cause the ghosts dance all around you
All around you, in JeromeTake the Bloody Basin Road
Through Black Water Canyon
Up the twisted road
To Mingus Mountain
Then you’ll know you are home
In the ghost town called Jerome
Where the ghosts dance all around you
All around you, in Jerome

Bar brawlers and drifters
Gamblers and gun fighters
Ladies of the evening, and copper miners
They kept the jailhouse filled
’til it fell down the hill

When you walk in Jerome
You’ll never walk alone
‘Cause the ghosts dance all around you
All around you, in Jerome

All around you, in Jerome, in Jerome
All around you, in Jerome, in Jerome
All around you, in Jerome, in Jerome
They’re all around you, in Jerome, in Jerome
They’re all around you, in Jerome, in Jerome

That was Jerome.

By the time I boarded the plane for Charlotte Douglas International the next morning, I was so excited to get home.  I settled into my seat and shuffled through my songs.  As the plane started it’s take off, I was listening to a song close to my heart.

Walking into the terminal at Charlotte, I heard someone dragging out their syllables.  I couldn’t help but smile.  I was home.

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