Prisons ,Flea Markets & Casinos
Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
253Trip End Dec 31, 2014
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We are about 6 weeks into our snowbird ‘season’ and are still struggling to find warm, sunny weather. To be fair, we’ve had a day or two here and there that gives us a glimpse of what we are looking for. All is not lost though, I will settle for occasional rain along with occasional sunshine over what has been going on in most of the country!
We’ve been in Yuma, Arizona all week and managed to get a few things done in between the storms. Ken actually spent a day ‘south of the border’ without me. Yes, I sent him off to Mexico unsupervised and with peso’s in his pocket!!
Los Algadones is known for its pharmacies, dentists and optometrist’s. Ken managed to get an eye-exam along with two pairs of prescription glasses for under $150 U.S. AND he got them in under 2 hours. He spent those 2 hours shopping and doing some tequila ‘tasting’ - at least that’s his story and he’s sticking to it!!
The worst part about crossing the border is the wait to come back into the States. It’s the reason I didn’t go with Ken. So many people go across for the cheap doctors and medications that the wait to cross back over can sometimes take several hours. Ken’s wait was just under 2 hours - not my idea of a good time and I’m glad I stayed home!
We spent some time - together - visiting one of Yuma’s many historic sites. The Yuma Territorial Prison was opened on July 1, 1876 when 7 inmates entered the cells they had just completed building. The prison sits on a bluff overlooking the Colorado River . The prison was in use until September 15, 1909 when the inmates were moved to a new prison in Florence, Arizona. Interestingly, the new prison was also built by prison labor.
Yuma also offers up several casinos and a swap meet. We managed to make a visit to all of them and actually came out ahead after the casinos but not the swap meet! One last bit of news from our time in Yuma - we had “Beto’s Mobile Wash” come out to the coach. He and his 2 helpers washed and hand waxed the house and truck for $130. For Ken, this is reason enough to visit Yuma at least once a year!