On Saturday we played musical cars (Jeri’s description that I love) and headed out for the Desert Bar about 11:00. Jan, Bill and Jeri rode with us.
This is taken from their website:
The "Nellie E Saloon" (DESERT BAR) is situated in the Buckskin Mountains, in Parker, Arizona, on land that was an old mining camp. The name "Nellie E" originates from the old mining claim.
They used to mine copper and then take it to the smelter and get gold. The inside of the saloon is unique in many ways. It has windows that are old glass refrigerator doors, the bar stools are made of steel and they sway from side to side. The top of the bar is brass and the ceiling is made of stamped tin purchased from a factory in Missouri. The saloon is powered by solar energy and is stored in batteries and run through inverters.
So that gives you some of the history of the place but it sure doesn’t explain it.
Just getting to the Desert Bar is an experience. I’m sure glad we had the four wheel drive even though lots of cars make the trip out there. After you turn off of the highway north of Parker, you have another 5 miles to go. Definitely not a paved road. Took us 27 minutes to go that 5 miles. You kind of hold your breath if you meet someone coming the opposite direction because the road is narrow as well as rutted.
Some of the group had already arrived and were holding a table for us. Look at the lines for food.
The bar line wasn’t near as slow as the food ones. Kept everybody happy until the food finally arrived.
Bill taking a picture for Jan.
On the way back to Q we made a stop at Wal-mart in Parker to stock up. The place was packed and the shelves were pretty bare, especially the meat counter.
Back to the campsite and more visiting.