Wednesday, March 31, 2010
We did have a good-bye potluck -- hotdog cookout last Saturday here in the RV park. (forgot to take any pictures) Lots of the snowbirds will be leaving this week to head to all points north. The couple next to us are Canadians and they will be leaving the 10th of April to get back across the border. I told them not to be out there racing or I'd sic Terry on them.
We'll probably be here another couple of weeks and then I think Jim wants to go fish Alamo Lake before we head up to northern AZ. And that's my exciting news. But I will try to do better about posting something.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Jacques-Andre Istel is a gracious, well-mannered man with a vision. Maybe a crazy vision, but a vision nonetheless. He saw this barren wasteland while serving as a Marine in the Korean War and fell in love with it. With money made from his successful parachut schools he bought thousands of acres of the desert near Yuma but across the border in California.
In the 1980's he finally decided what he wanted to do with this land. He convinced Imperial County, CA to legally recognize a spot on his property as the official Center of the World. The center of the world can be anywhere. It was set by law, based upon a popular book for children - who argues with a fairy tale? The book is Coe the Good Dragon written by Mr. Istel. He named the town Felicity after his wife, Felicia.
Mr. Istel needed a way to mark his Center and his wife said that since it is in the desert, why not a pyramid. So he had a 21 foot tall, hollow, mirror-lined, pink granite pyramid built over The Spot, which is a dot in the center of a bronze disk in the pyramid's floor.
When you visit the pyramid, you step on the Spot and receive a certificate that states you stood at the Official Center of the World, with the date and time.
The sundial is a bronze sculpture of God's Arm from Michaelangelo's Dawn of Creation painting in the Sistine Chapel. The finger points toward the Church on the Hill. Mr. Astel said that if you're going to build a House of God, it's got to be on the highest spot. So he had 150,000 tons of earth trucked in and piled up to create a hill.
He added a sculpture at the entrance to Felicity which is Section 12 of the original stairway of the Eiffel Tower.
He has also undertaken a massive chore in creating his World Commemorative Center which consists of engravings in granite panels highlights of the collective memory of humanity. You will need to visit this center in order to truly understand and appreciate what Mr. Istel has accomplished.
A wonderful place to stop and rest.
The atomic cannon was built in the mid 50's to hurl nuclear shells far enough that they wouldn't kill the peoe who fired them. It is 42 feet long and weighs 42,500 lbs. On May 25, 1953 the Atomic Cannon was tested in Nevada. This resulted in the successful detonation of a 15 kt shell at a range of 7 miles. This was the first and only nuclear shell to be fired from a cannon.
It was just too big to move around easily overseas and had such a limited range that it was obsolete shortly after it was deployed. It was deactivated in 1963.
Monday, March 22, 2010
The second time we went for breakfast, Jeri's and Jim's coffee came in this really strange little cup. Whoever bought them for the casino must not ever have tried to drink out of them. Jeri finally asked for a styrofoam cup so she could enjoy her coffee without wearing it.
The Q also has a fabulous seafood buffet on Friday nights. The line is really long for this one but we got there early and were near the front of the line. Our friend Evelyn joined us. Evelyn and Jim and I go back about 23 years. She also worked for IRS in Washington, DC and came to our rescue when we were trying to buy our first home. It was wonderful to finally track her down in Yuma and get reaquainted. She spends about 7 months out of the year in Yuma and the rest of the time up in Seeley Lake, MT.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Then we got in line to come back into the states. I was amazed at how rapidly the line moved. We were probably only in line about 45 minutes total. When you get to the border, you need to show them your passport and declare your purchases. Jeri and Terry and Jim all went through without a problem.
Several of the RV's have been here a really long time and you can tell this is their winter camping area. But sometimes people take advantage of the situation. This guy and his mess are so over the top. It's people like this that will ruin the camping for the rest of us. Some casinos have implemented strict time limits and other rules because of idiots like this.
Casinos, Walmarts, Cracker Barrels, Truck Stops - these are all great places to be able to spend the night when you really don't need hookups and don't want to have to pay for a campground to just spend the night. Of course, after gambling at the casinos, shopping at Walmart, or eating at Cracker Barrel - it's probably cheaper to pay for a campground.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
It truly is a one man operation. You order by phone from your booth and when the food is ready there's a buzzer that goes off to let you know. You get your own drink and silverware as well as condiments.
The food was great. The eggs cooked just like we like them with crispy hashbrowns. And the atmosphere was so much fun.
The mountains were in Montana.