Greer, Arizona held their Greer Days Festival on Friday and Saturday, June 9-10. We had planned a mini vacation celebrating our anniversary that weekend and weren’t aware of the festival, but it was a welcome addition to our little get-away. The plan was to go there with our travel trailer, stay in our first RV Park ever, fish and eat. Pretty simple. We’ve done dry camping a few times with seasoned friends, but not where you pay for the necessary hookups. We picked Mountain Air RV Park tucked alongside the main road in Greer, not that there were many choices.
But, it was a delightful experience, with many friendly folks, a little paver patio for our outside relaxation among towering pines, flowers, hummingbird feeders and well, other RVs. Sounds of children happily playing filled the air. The fishing was a bust for us but our RV neighbors, Bret and Nola, had arrived shortly after stocking day and did very well.
So with the July 4th parade cancelled in Heber-Overgaard this year, I got my parade fix in Greer. Was breezy but the sun was out and overall not a bad day to watch a parade. It was small but fun with the Apache County Sheriff mounted posse, some decorated UTVs, a couple crazy floats, some regular people walking dogs, Santa Claus, a giant rubber duck, Apache dancers and quite a few fire trucks, including Greer Fire District, US Forest Service complete with Smokey Bear and an old Osh Kosh water tender truck. Children along the way caught candy, frisbees and the such and seemed to have a great time.
There were quite a few vendors set up with crafts, jewelry, clothes, food, camping gear, gifts, etc. We even ran into Fred from Heber Overgaard selling his juniper mirrors. Enough to satisfy our shopping bug and empty our wallet. We visited the Greer Community Center that also houses their library under the same roof. They built the facility with ceiling to floor windows showcasing a lovely view of the Greer meadow filled with wild irises and the Little Colorado. Even this little river is charming. We got up early one morning to go fishing (not catching) and there were a dozen or so deer enjoying the meadow.
The Greer Butterfly Lodge Museum was an interesting stop with lots of history on early settlers James Willard Schultz and his son Lone Wolf. Schultz was an author and wrote 37 books mostly on life in the old west. Before Arizona he spent time in Wyoming where he married a woman who was a member of the Black Feet Indians. Their son, Hart Merriam Schultz, known better as “Lone Wolf”, spent time as an adult at his father’s cabin in Greer and was a painter and sculptor. Many of his works are on display in the museum which is located in the old cabin. It was named Butterfly Lodge by J W Schultz because of all of the wild flowers and butterflies in the valley. It’s been very well preserved with many artifacts of the area on display. If you visit Greer, don’t miss this little gem. Thank you to our docent, Bruce, who was new on the job, but who did an excellent job. The museum is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, Thursday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.
On the evening of our anniversary we made reservations at Molly Butler’s for dinner. They have a great deck where you can while away an afternoon sipping a cold brew or other libation or enjoy a meal. After our first fishing outing, we spent a couple hours on their deck enjoying the cool afternoon sun and had some great conversation with John the metal artist from Hawaii and the retired couple from Tucson by way of Lakeside. We enjoyed the simple pleasures of conversation with interesting strangers who felt like friends after sharing stories, warm sunshine, and the ambiance of the moment. Guess if we can’t catch fish this is a great substitute.
Greer has been built up in recent years with lots of rental cabins, but hasn’t lost it’s charm. There are beautiful cabins all around, many with horse accommodations. The Wallow Fire left an ugly scar, but it couldn’t keep down the spirit of the lovely people of Greer. Worth a visit.