TOUR AMERICA, 2019: YUMA, ARIZONA – THE GRAND CANYON STATE

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Places We Have Called Home In 2020

Places We Have Called Home In 2019

Home Is Where We Park It:   Rancho Rialto RV Resort, Yuma

January 13, 2020

Temperature 68 Degrees

Around Our Community

Out With The Old Mattress – In With The New Mattress

Felicity, California, Population 2 – Part Two

This RV Resort is absolutely fascinating.  People here take great pride in their sites which is reflected in the pristine state of each lot.  I absolutely love walking around and noting what decorations they have put out.  Here are a few more.IMG_3585Small and stylish.IMG_3586A Gila monster planter, a chili pepper, and a gnome taking a nap.IMG_3619We’ll end with – you guessed it – another turtle.  This seems to the number one decoration around here.

Today was the day.  Time to drag outIMG_3626the old mattress which we’ve had since 2017.  The problem has been, well, the problem is we never really thought about what we were purchasing back when we decided on a new one.  Actually, this one is on me.  Sadly, I found out the hard way that a rather thin memory foam mattress is not the best for us.  Our backs have paid the price.IMG_3627We’re now ready for the new.  Would you believe the only thing that we could do with the old one is throw it out.  Not even Goodwill would accept it.IMG_3630Here comes the new mattress delivered by FedXIMG_3631All eighty pounds still rolled up but in the door.IMG_3633Barbara working on getting it unwrapped.  Doesn’t she look like a woman on a mission?IMG_3635Our new mattress.  A pocketed coil spring mattress with a cotton quilted cover and border.  Hopefully, this will be the ticket to no more back aches in the morning.

Back to Felicity we go.  Remember last night I said at the end of the blog the most interesting attraction in the town of Felicity is yet to come.IMG_3395 (1)Our good Mayor is a man with a vision.  Maybe one a bit different from you and me, but a vision nonetheless, one that is slowly and steadily becoming a reality.IMG_3491The Center of the World has become the central point for memories for Jacques-Andre’s latest, longest running and most serious project, The World Commemorative Center at Felicity.IMG_3511On a series of two-inch-thick granite walls — long, two-sided wedges — Jacques-Andre is having inscribed everything that he thinks is worth telling future generations.Image result for history of the world in graniteThis is a stock, aerial view of the The World Commemorative Center and the two sections that have already been completed.  Eventually, it will continue on past the chapel to the foot of the Chocolate Mountains.IMG_3483Each granite wall is one hundred feet long and engineered to last for 4,000 years.Installation of each wall begins with a three foot deep trench. Next, 5,945 pounds of knitted steel are inserted into the trench and then 1,960 cubic feet of concrete is poured over the steel.  Finally, 60 panels of Missouri Red granite, each weighing 477 pounds and two triangular granite end pieces, each weighing 351 pounds are installed. IMG_3484 (1)Text is copied but drawings are done free style by hand by a handful of artists capable of such work.

Time now to take a walk out into the field of memories for ourselves.  Take a look again at the aerial view of the The World Commemorative Center.  In the front section, immediately behind the Center of the World Pyramid you will findimg_3458.jpgIMG_3459 (1)One long wall that recounts the history of French aviation. You’ll learn more about the key role of France in the development of manned flight than you would in an aviation museum in France.IMG_3462  It was interesting to note that the top of each panel was in French, the bottom was in English.IMG_3531 (1)There’s a United States Marine Corps Korean War Memorial monument — Jacques is a Marine Lt. Colonel.IMG_3457Want to be remembered for all time?  When this 400 foot wall was first built for $300 you could have you name inscribed on it.  Unfortunately, both sides of the wall are now full.  But don’t despair, the good Mayor has come up with yet another way for you to be remembered.  More about this later.

Still in the front section there is a 400 foot wallIMG_3444 (1)with one side dedicated to the history of California and the other side dedicated to the history of Arizona.IMG_3456

Given the good Mayor’s background in parachuting it is no surprise that there are a series of panels devoted to the sport.

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I found these walls regarding Animals Of The World so informative.  For instance, did you know

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and

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perish the thought that I forget my good friends.

There are more walls in the front section but let’s move now to the back section that is just in front of the stairs up to the chapel. (refer back to the aerial picture in the beginning).IMG_3488

IMG_3487The Felicity Stone is the Rosetta Stone of our day and age.  It is located at the center of the eight granite monuments of the History of Humanity.  It is designed to assist visitors of the distant future in understanding our present languages.  To date the panel in English has been translated into ancient Greek, Latin, Egyptian and Chinese panels.IMG_3481IMG_3482 (1)One of the the eight granite monuments dedicated to the History of Humanity. IMG_3510Michaelangelo’s Dawn of Creation painting in the Sistine Chapel.  It occupies panels 11 through 13 on one of the walls.IMG_3515

I was delighted to find this one here.

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I just had to include this one.

Remember before I said that though the Wall for the Ages is full the Mayor has come up with a solution?IMG_3522This is a maze that twists and turns for close to a football field in length.  The purpose of this monument:  Your Place in History is captured on granite. Your laser engraved panel is installed on a protected and prestigious permanent monument.IMG_3523For $100 you can have a loved one remembered, you can dedicate a panel to a parent or grandparent, you can celebrate a birthday or wedding anniversary or birth of a child, or . . . the list is endless.

The World Commemorative Center is incomplete at the moment, but it’s only in Phase One. The Mayor’s hope is that thousands of walls will be built by our successors. Be that as it may I hope I have aroused your curiosity enough that you will put in on your bucket list of places to visit.  You will not regret it.  For a fact it is places like Felicity, people like Jauques-Andre Istel and  The World Commemorative Center that make life and road trips way more interesting.

Our day on The Road of Retirement has come to an end.  Another laid back easy going day.  We played some Mexican Train.  We wrestled our new mattress to the bedroom and set it up.  Later in the day we were able to wash all the sheets and blankets. Oh and IMG_3629

later in the early evening we worked together to make crock pot lasagna.  I was assigned the job of grating the cheese.  It was a small sacrifice to pay for such a delicious meal!

Its getting late and in just a bit it will be time to check out our new mattress.  Happy, Happy, Joy Joy!

Thanks for checking in with us again.  We appreciate your company and your comments.  Catch you tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before

See you on down the road!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thought on “TOUR AMERICA, 2019: YUMA, ARIZONA – THE GRAND CANYON STATE

  1. Wow, what an interesting individual creating an equally interesting place. Thanks again. Excited to hear how the lasagne turned out. Saw a recipe but haven’t tried it. I noticed you have a very nice backsplash and now a new mattress. Yay!!!

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