Early February Events

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Day 277 - Alaska Unofficial Reuntion:  As it turned out we found that we had several couples from our Caravan Trip that were staying in Yuma for varying amounts of time, or were willing to drive for our unofficial reunion.  We had 11 couples, which amazed us, out of the 25 couples that were part of this journey.  What a treat to see everyone again and to rehash all that we did.

Day 278 - 279 - Nick and I have taken up Pickle Ball ( a cross between tennis, paddle ball, and badminton), which we are enjoying quite a bit.  A great way to get in some exercise and have fun at the same time.  We have played several games with different folks since we learned the game and believe it or not are signed up for our first round-robin on the 15th of February.

Day 281 - Well we FINALLY made it to the Yuma Proving Grounds after two other failed attempts. The museum was well worth it.  Once again, you are so blown away by the pure size of these places which you think will be small and quick - NOT the case, yet anyway.  The displays cover all the wars - there is mention of Patton, as well as other more current Generals.  Artillery, tanks, housing, jobs performed, and current happenings at the YPG are all discussed.  There are over 250,000 acres of proving ground.  We saw the jumpers and some firing or testing of some kind off in the desert near the mountains. 

Day 283 - We went to this place just over into California, called "The Center of the Earth" - A History of the World in Granite!  Wasn't sure what this would be all about, but off we went with two other couples.  This is the most amazing outdoor museum I have ever seen.  We met the man who is behind this museum and he is the one doing the etching into the granite panels, although the man had better have lots of help as he is older and would be 200 before he could finish his vision.  Several panels are complete, but there are even more that need to be etched.  These panels are in-set on both side of a triangle of concrete (some massive amount for each one) and they must stretch 150 feet and are all set in a pattern sort of like a clock face.  He has a church and a pyramid (where the actual center of the earth is, apparently) to view and the grounds.  He either owns 500 more acres that takes it to the mountains, so nothing will be built up around this area.  He somehow got this area to be known as the town of Felicity, CA.  Population 0; elevation 270 feet.  When he is ready to dedicate a "wall" he also somehow gets dignitaries to come and they have a huge celebration (we are going back on the 22nd to see the latest one).  The walls start with the beginning of humanity, then they have a history of Arizona and California, then all the wars of the US.  One on France (he is a frenchman), one on Italy and Rome and that whole history; the class of 1947 Princeton Graduates; the entire list of those lost in the Korean War; and it goes on and on - aviation, animals, fossils - you just can't imagine this place.  Strange, but amazing and wonderful at the same time. 

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Pamela on

So good to see your smiling faces. Be glad you are missing this winter in the SE. Its been interesting. Thanks for sharing the latest. Hugs :)

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