1/03/2016

December 7, 2015 to December 31, 2015 Our Time in Yuma

We left our lot in Casa Grande on December 7th and headed west on I-8:

12-07-15 A Travel CG to Yuma I8 (19)

Trains – Long Trains:

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Yuma in the distance:

12-07-15 A Travel CG to Yuma I8 (51)

We arrived at our lot in the KOFA SKP Park and started cleaning the shed and the lot – this is an older picture:

01-30-15 Yuma (2)

The palm tree is a beautiful tree, however, we lose a lot of space.  So we had the tree removed:

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That has given about 8 extra feet on the side.  Plus we were able to position the RV differently so that we have a huge area in the back:

12-27-15 Yuma Lot (2)

We are still not sure exactly what we want to do yet.  Some ideas we are kicking around is a new shed with extensions – sort of like an extra patio/Arizona room.  We are also looking at different types of pavers versus concrete.   And, of course, finding out all the permits we will need – yikees!   We do not expect to do any of the work this season, just have all our plans in place to do it early next season.

In the past few weeks, we have been reconnecting with folks we have not seen since last season and getting caught up with each other.  We are so blessed to have such good people in our lives.  Also Andy has been doing coffee with the boys in the morning and I have been with the beaders both here and in Yuma.  It has been wonderful!

One evening we did do a Yuma Ghost Tour sponsored by the Yuma Historical Society.  It was very interesting – lots of spirits reside here (nope, did not see any – Sad smile).  The thing that I liked the most was stops at some of the more historic places.

Here we are near the Ocean to Ocean Highway Bridge:

12-17-15 A Ghost Tour (3)

Some information from the internet:

http://www.yumaheritage.com/

“The Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge was the first and only vehicular traffic bridge over the lower Colorado River for 1,200 miles. It became the earliest and longest truss in Arizona and was one of the most important early spans in the Southwest.

On March 3, 1915, the 336-foot span was swung into place during a carefully choreographed maneuver. On May 22 the bridge was opened to traffic with great ceremony and celebration in Yuma.

In the 1930s, the bridge became a natural choke point that was exploited by California police during the Great Depression.

“Imagine people heading west from Oklahoma and they get to Yuma and there are California state patrolmen on the north side of the bridge,” Flynn said. “Do you have a job? Do you have money? They look you over. And they turn you back. In fact there is an area to this day called ‘Okie Town,’ and that is because they were turned back and had to find a place to stay.””

 

This area of the Colorado River was used for centuries as a crossing.  Before all the dams, the River was wild, uncontrollable, and inconsistent.  The granite outcroppings here narrowed the river, making it a safer place to cross.

For centuries, the Quechan Indian Tribe helped transport people across the river, and were known as excellent swimmers. In 1849, the California Gold Rush saw 60,000 people cross at Yuma by rope ferry. Fort Yuma, the Yuma Quartermaster Depot, and the Yuma Territorial Prison were built on the high grounds overlooking the river.

 

Yuma is also the end of the El Camino del Diablo – the Highway of the Devil:

“El Camino del Diablo – the Highway of the Devil – once a 250-mile link between the northwestern frontier of Mexico and the colonies of California, began at Caborca, in Mexico’s state of Sonora. It extended north-northwest across the desert to what is today the United States/Mexican border. It turned west-northwest and followed the border through a phantasmagoric landscape of organ pipe cactus, desert flats, drifting sand dunes, ancient lava flows and searing summer heat, passing through the southern edges of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, and the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range. Marked by graves and headstones, it reached a merciful end at Yuma, Arizona.”

“El Camino Del Diablo (Spanish for The Devil's Highway) is an historic 250-mile (400 km) road which currently extends through some of the most remote and arid terrain of the Sonoran Desert in Pima County and Yuma County, Arizona. In use for at least 1,000 years, El Camino Del Diablo is believed to have started as a series of footpaths used by desert-dwelling Native Americans. From the 16th to the 19th centuries, the road was used extensively by conquistadores, explorers, missionaries, settlers, miners, and cartographers. Use of the trail declined sharply after the railroad reached Yuma in 1870.”

There is some real interesting information here:

http://www.desertusa.com/desert-trails/diablo.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Camino_Del_Diablo

I did not get many pictures during the tour since it was at night.  A few of the places, we hope to explore more.

Coming home from town one day, I see this:

12-19-15 A Yuma (1)

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I called him the “Guardian of South 4th Avenue.”  He was only there for a few days and now he is gone – Sad smile.

Christmas was spent here at the park – we had a nice dinner/potluck.  The park supplied turkey, ham, potatoes and stuffing and everyone else brought side dishes and desserts.

Yes, we did decorate too:

12-24-15 Yuma Lot (9)

 

On New Year’s Eve we were with Larry, Peg, and friends in the desert – What a great time.  (Thank you – Smile.)

I did get a really nice Christmas present from my little kitty Bella.  Those of you who have rescues will understand that sometimes you have to be patient.  With Bella, we got to the point where she would sit beside us and let us pet her but did not like being held nor did she sit on our laps.  After four years, I figured that is about as far as we will get – some cats are just not lap cats.  Well, two days before Christmas, she came up and sat on my lap and just wanted to be the center of attention.  It has happened almost every night since then whether I am sitting in the easy chair or the dinette.  She stays for about 45 minutes, then she is off.  (Because this was so unlike her, I thought she might be sick but so far so good.)  It was such a joy for me – Smile.)!!!!

One of the evenings I just couldn’t resist taking this picture:

11-22-15 Cats (10)

12-24-15 Cats (6)

My Dusty who is my lap cat is not happy about this – so I make sure I have the time for him.

11-22-15 Cats (9)

12-22-15 Cats (1)

As we end the year I wish all of you good health and happiness in 2016.

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I am still using Open Live Writer.  For those who get the blog by email, the last blog was on the email as well as two other blogs that were posted the month before.  I am not sure why or if there still is some bugs between OLW and FeedBurner.

There is one more thing I would like to blog about and that is the impact of people in our lives.  I do not elaborate on the times with friends but I want you all to know that you are very important to us.  We are blessed to have such good folks in our lives.  Smile

I feel okay broadcasting where we travel (because this is a travel blog after all) but I don’t feel okay with broadcasting all we do with friends (because some folks do not like their lives broadcasted and sometimes I don’t like everything I do with friends broadcasted.)  Just my two cents – Smile

 

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3 comments:

Bob and Linda's RV Travels said...

Somehow I missed this blog. Glad you are doing ok. It is fun meeting up with old friends. Know what you mean about not blogging when not traveling. We do enjoy hearing from you. Have a happy new year.

Jan Mains said...

Sorry we didn't get to meet up again before you left. Hope to see you at the Bloggerfest.

Diane said...

Hi Bob and Linda,
You didn't miss the blog - it was not mailed out from FeedBurner - need to check that out again. Happy New Year.

Jan, yes hope to get to BloggerFest in Q. Just forgot the dates?? See you then.