Day 273 - We were off to the Proving Ground Museum again today (Monday) and got through the gates with no problem (George had his military ID) got to the Museum, and .... it was CLOSED! When we tried two days ago, we give the guard our licenses, registration and proof of insurance, and oops, the insurance had expired a week ago, and we haven't been in a place to collect mail yet
. We tried to tell him it was in the mail, but he wasn't buying it!! Possibly we are just not destined to see this museum. So, instead we had a quick lunch at the Bowling Alley on base (don't ask), and we then headed off to the Wildlife area (yes, the one we couldn't find on our last trip out here), but we got better directions and it was quite nice. They have a wonderful museum on site, a substantial viewing area overlooking the valley with the Colorado River in the background and lots of interpretive displays. Our next trip was to the Painted Desert about three miles away. George and Nick and I took a walk into it along the trails. Nick lasted for a short distance, but George also likes to take pictures, so we continued on. It was very beautiful and not that hard of a walk. Well worth the desert heat! Of course, you would NOT want to do this trek in the hot summer months.
As we were coming back, past the Proving Grounds again, we stopped to watch several jumpers coming down and we could tell that they were doing some testing at the base of the mountain as we could see the dust kicking up as they moved across the desert floor.
Okay, so that just about keeps us up-to-date on our activities. Hope you are all well and not getting too sick of the cold and snow that some of you are experiencing. Remember, it will be over soon!!
Day 272 - Today we went back to the Visitor Center where they were hosting a two day celebration of re-enactors portraying Civil War soldier from both the North and the South doing battle. Complete with canon fire - boy those things are loud - I may now be a candidate for hearing aids after those blasts! It was fun to see the men and women enjoying their roles. They go all over the United States doing these types of shows for schools, festivals and history related events. (These photos were published with the last entry...sorry).