IS THE "LONDON BRIDGE" REALLY IN LONDON?--MAYBE NOT!!!
|Nancy, Marie & Tom enjoy the sunset at Roadrunner's|
Floating Bar in Parker, AZ.
|Every evening in Quartzsite featured incredible sunsets.|
|Kathy called this The Desert Bathtub, but I understand that|
it is called The Ye Ole Swimming Hole. It is a concrete structure
probably related to gold mining in the area.
|An old stone structure we discovered on the desert.|
Kathy & Dave are poking their heads out of the window.
Dick & Gaila stand at the entrance.
|A desert grave under a saguaro.|
|An active desert gold mine.|
|The hike up Palm Canyon.|
|The ancient desert palm tree growth.|
|Our 10-some prepares for a round of desert golf.|
Ginny and Dave stand in the foreground.
|Gaila prepares to take a whack on the 1st tee while Dick|
|The "green" on the 2nd hole.|
Notice the circle dug into the sand and rocks around the pin to create the "green."
In Tucson we were treated to a visit by Marie & Tom who flew in from Boston. Tucson was hosting the worlds largest "Gem and Mineral" show and Nancy and Marie were in their glory. The Tucson Gem and Mineral show is a must for those people with rocks in their heads and Nancy and Marie fit the bill. The gem show was massive. It seemed as if every vacant space in Tucson was filled with thousands of vendors all selling rocks or stuff related to rocks. The show areas filled convention centers, hotel conference centers, and huge tents. Nancy and Marie spent 3 days at various locations while Tom and I were dis-invited after our 1st day of shuffling around and whining.
To escape the rocky event, Tom and I visited the Pima Air and Space Museum. This museum was filled with hundreds of military aircraft. The best part was that Tom knew a lot about the jets and was able to describe some of their radar systems, including some he helped design. We also toured the adjacent military base to see the "Boneyard;" the world largest collection of mothballed aircraft. The base was full of thousands of aircraft sitting on the desert waiting to be used for spare parts.
|A line-up of jets at the museum.|
|A few of the planes mothballed in the "Boneyard."|
|The underground control center.|
|A Titan Missile in the silo.|
|A hillside full of saguaro cacti and organ pipe cacti.|
|Nancy & Marie in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.|
|An organ pipe cactus.|
So did anybody notice that the London Bridge had gone missing? Well we found it on the Arizona desert and, no, it did not fall down. Lake Havasu City actually has the original London Bridge which existed in London on the Thames river from 1831-1967. In 1968 Robert P. McCulloch (the founder of Lake Havasu City) purchased the bridge, dissembled the bridge, numbered every bridge component, shipped the bridge components through the Panama Canal to Long Beach, California were it was trucked to Lake Havasu City, and reconstructed on dry land in Lake Havasu City. After the bridge was completed, Mr. McCullock dredged a channel to redirect some of the water from the Colorado River to flow under the bridge. This amazing accomplishment also ranks as the worlds largest antique purchase of all time. Strange, but true!
|The London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, AZ.|
|The Desert Bar in Parker, AZ.|
|The Desert Bar.|
Nancy, Karen, Jerry, Ted, & Maddie.
Karen & Ted are our friends from the ABQ Balloon Fiesta and Jerry
& Maddie we just met through Karen & Ted.
|Proof that beer is only borrowed. |
This is the keg refilling center in Roadrunner's
Floating Bar in Parker, AZ.
Found in Quartzsite, AZ.