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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 โ€“ 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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  1. You live in such a beautiful area for hiking, Marsha, and so lucky. My brother regularly hikes in his Fountain Hills neighborhood. I had to laugh at your puddle of snow! I’m still amazed at how fast it melts here too. For the blog I tag my photos too and name them to find them in Dropbox. I look forward to what you and Lisa suggest in the next post!

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    • Thanks, Terri. I can’t wait until you can come see me. By the time it gets beautiful here, it will be gorgeous there as well. However you do have tons more snow that we do right now. It was 72 yesterday!!! I’m working on our Photo post right now. It is a process, processing all the photos, and getting all the links We had quite a few wonderful folks that commented, too. I think I’m going to have to break it into two posts. I found out that Lisa has written two Images of America Books like I did for Woodlake. An hour was not nearly long enough to chat! I notice that you participate in her challenge, so you two know each other.

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      • That’s some warm weather! We’re going to buy a new mid sized SUV with room and 4wd. We can take road trips in that for trips down south. We’ll have had enough of our sweet RV for a while. Can’t wait to see you and your place!

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        • Yes, and you will have your own master bedroom, and we will have SUCH fun!!! I can’t wait. Congrats on your new car. Everyone here has a jeep for going off roading.. I am not into that because neither of us are experienced drivers, but our son Jason tried it in Sedona and had a blast. We went on the tour. Can’t wait, can’t wait!!!

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    • They really are beautiful, Helen. We had been here several times without ever knowing that they were only about six miles from downtown. Now we drive one and a half miles and we are there. ๐Ÿ™‚


          • Maybe! Frank & I are talking about getting the vaccine. He is eligible, but I am not. He says he wants to get it at the same time so he will wait for them to open it up to me. Then, we still have a ways to go before it is safe to travel on a plane. ๐Ÿ™‚

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          • Did you have any symptoms with the first? I hear a lot of people have no symptoms after the first and some symptoms with the second. I don’t get the flu shot because of the reaction I get from it. I’m on the fence with the shot, but it scares me more to not get it. Frank is considering it now and was not interested before. ๐Ÿ™‚

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          • The only problem I had with the first shot was an itchy arm for about a week. It was a little sore the second day, but nothing that required even a Tylenol. I had a COVID test on Feb. 17, and the results just came back – no results, error in processing or in the test itself. I have another test scheduled March 9 after my 2nd COVID shot. I wonder what that one will show. I’m not going to Walgreens this time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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          • Well that was good as far as the first shot. Dang about the second test! I hated getting tested. I had to get tested in October because my chiropractor got covid. Luckily it had been 3 weeks since I had seen him when I got the call. I was supposed to see him that next Monday…the call came on Saturday. He’s alright but still. Scary stuff! I hope your second test goes without a hitch and for the second shot too. Keep me posted. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • Now, if I could lose the other thirty, I’d be more spry, but not nearly as agile as you are. You are amazing. I wish you lived close enough to pull me out of my chair and make me stretch. You remind me of my former daughter-in-law. She weighed 90 pounds, and was a dancer, and exercise person. She could bend her body in half and literally lay her head on her legs, stretched out on the floor. She could sit spread eagle and lay her upper body on the floor. We used to exercise together when they lived with us. years ago. I was pitiful then.

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  2. What a great trail! One I would love to hike and photograph. Nothing wrong with breaking this up into many posts. I did the exact same thing with my “Living In the Moment” posts from our trip to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. If I had put that whole trip in one blog, no one would have read a single word. TMI all at once.

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  3. Just the right amount of photos for the post, and they’re all great. I can’t get over how everything looks like it needs some water, though. I’d have thought all the melting snow would have turned those browns green. It reminds me of our lawn in the summer when there has been little rain and too much hot sun. I’d have joined Vince and watched you climb up the Granite Dells formation.
    I’m sure you’ve lots more to discover in your new hometown, Marsha.

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  4. what a fantastic place to walk Marsha!
    and the photo of the path between the “broad railway bed”was my fav of this post
    so thanks for letting us readers share some of your walk even if it does not add to my actual step count – !! ha
    have a great day

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          • hi – no tips really come to mind (you are so awesome
            with networking and getting people contributing – such a gift you have)
            and the only things that helped me was to make sure i labeled them with detailed key words to find them using search – (that might be what you meant with tagging photos?)
            and then also for me – too many folders were a nightmare so i would rather have one really full folder (organized by kind) rather than sub folder and extra folders for this or that

            looking forward to seeing how your collaboration unfolds

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          • Thanks, Yvette. I’ve got enough material for several posts, I think. However, I have learned a lot about tagging and what I can do now. It’s been a really helpful week of learning and experimenting. Thanks for contributing my friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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          • my pleasure and one more thing i want to mention
            – not sure if this is what you mean with tagging – but if it relates to connecting and have images found by “more”
            well not all bloggers are here to grow and connect a lot
            i know you know this but i think some folks forget this and so tagging and using hashtags is not on the radar for some folks who want a quieter blog mode
            – when i say quieter blog mode / some folks enjoy a quaint and small following and more intimate interaction – not about tagging to connect or get followers uo there –
            also – some bloggers leave when things get too big or too connected – it can be overwhelming – just like in real life nkt everyone is a social butterfly and nkt everyone wants to talk to or “know” everyone at the party-
            many bloggers want that quieter approach to blogging
            they don’t want “bumps”
            they aren’t looking for ideas to “grow thy blog” and aren’t wanting tips for connecting photos for more views (yawn)
            — i have seen someone hover with a few hundred followers and a few commmenfs per post and they thrive with their blog / meets their needs and goals
            and tagging is of no matter – and changing focus would pull from their current level of quiet blog mode
            do you know what i mean?

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          • Yes, Yvette, you are so right. My purpose in this quest has been personal, I admit. Not to get more views, etc, but my friend Sally from Woodlake asked me several times for pictures of the Woodlake Rose Garden. I have hundreds of pictures spread over the years since about 2013. The problem was that I couldn’t seem to find them. I spent about four or five hours yesterday organizing my files after talking to Lisa Coleman on the phone getting things organized. Then, of course I asked others if they had any ideas as well. So that was what motivated me to get more semblance of order to my photo files. I think we all enjoy a social life online somewhat or we wouldn’t be blogging. But I do understand a quieter blogging life. As you probably know by now, I don’t have a hidden agenda for doing posts like this other than an insatiable quest to learn – and I learn best from others. I can’t help sharing what I learn. I’m a teacher. ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoy being a quiet butterfly, I’m a former pastor’s wife. I try not to hurt anyone in my fluttering. My blogging style is personal, as I know yours is, and it makes me happy. I hope it makes others happy along the way as well.


          • thanks for taking the time to reply – and you are truly gracious – and as I have gotten to know you Moreland more since last fall – my admiration for you continues to go UP – and I mean that –
            and in fact, I would not have left my comment here had I not felt you were “open” to feedback – of all types.

            and whew – that sure does make a difference to tag and label for organizing –
            I think in my end I lump tagging in with online tagging of facebook friends or tagging to have the images found –
            so when I hear that it is really labeling photos for organization – well that is something so crucial for all – ha – and so it was semantics –
            and the one thing that has helped me is when I label properly for the blog – I arable to find what i need because of the label – otherwise – like you said – I have to skim thousands of images in my early photos on my blog and it can be miserable

            okay best wishes with the post and happy Sunday to you

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          • And I know you much better, too, my friend. You have made a huge impact on my life and blogging. You are an essential part of my blog and blogging experience. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks, Donna. I’m going to have to break them into more than one post because I have so many pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚ Watson Lake is huge and the Granite Dells are so unique.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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