TOUR AMERICA, 2020: CONGRESS, ARIZONA – THE GRAND CANYON STATE

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Places We Have Called Home In 2020

Home Is Where We Park It – Escapees North Ranch, Congress, Arizona

April 17, 2020

Temperature 78 Degrees

Dress Up Friday

Downtown Wickenburg

Candle Light Supper

Oh boy today was the day I’d been looking forward to all week.

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We declared today Dress Up Friday.  Away with ordinary shorts and T-shirts.  It was time to do something different.  We decided to bring out the Sunday go to church clothes.  You think maybe we’re starting to get bored?

All dressed up, and yes with somewhere to go.

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First stop was the post office in Congress for a package.  It was the new city water valve for Elvira which I’ll probably install either tomorrow or the next day.

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Next stop was  Wickenburg.  We needed water and toilet paper and eggs.  We got the first and that was all.  It really freaks us out when we have to go shopping at any store in Wickenburg.  No one in this town seems to believe that there is a virus loose in our country.  Go in any store and you’ll only find maybe one or two people wearing a mask.  Social distancing is never practiced.

Old Ace Hardware likely to become new Ace Hardware in Palatine

I needed to pick up the bolts, lock washers and nuts to repair the bedroom slide motor mount.  I also needed a few other machine screws to remount a strut rod mount and a couple of L brackets to reinforce another slide motor mount.  I was never so glad as when I got out of here since people in this store also do not seem to believe that there is a virus loose in our country.

The stores are one thing, the town in general is another.  It is empty and so

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with the whole town to ourselves we went sightseeing.  This is

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Locomotive NO. 761 built in 1900 by Baldwin Locomotive Works.  It was considered a large, mainline freight line locomotive.  It was eventually replaced with a larger engine and ended its life as a switch engine in Las Vegas, New Mexico.  In 1955 it was donated to the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce and found a home here

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adjacent to what was the Historic Train Depot.  There’s a museum in there but alas it is closed.  Who knows maybe before we leave it will be open again.

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This is in front of the depot.  I wish I could find out more about it.

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I do believe she is going to have a long wait for the next passenger train.

Across the street on one corner we found.

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While on the other corner I found this guy

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Time to head for home, but we had one more stop to make inorder to pick up supper.

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They say this is the home of the best ribs, pulled pork and brisket.  We ordered a little of each and we’ll soon find out how good the food really is.

Finally, back home time for a

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candle light dinner.  Oh yes ,the table was groaning under the weight of the food we brought home.  How good was it?  Absolutely delicious!  We would definitely recommend it and we’ll be going back again in the future.

That was our decidedly different day on The Road of Retirement.  We had a wonderful time from sunrise to sunset.  Now we have to figure out what to do for an encore.  Give us time and we’ll come up with something.  Oh, we also just heard on the news tonight that Arizona might not open up until sometime in the middle of June.  If that’s the case so much for leaving here the end of May we’ll have to go with Plan B.  Such is life.

On the lighter side.

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Thanks for sharing our day with us today.  We always enjoy your company and sure do appreciate your comments and suggestions.  Till tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Elvira 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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