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The Movie Reviewer

What else could I possibly do while on this journey?  Turns out plenty.  I am learning that you can not always go out and do/see stuff everyday when you are away for six months.  Way too costly, not just gas or food but tickets etc.

When we are stationary like now for two, three months you sometimes just have to sit around and do nothing!  (It’s part of the rulebook for retired folks)  I love my computer as I am running this blog and a few websites but that’s no fully enough.  I also love entertainment (Movies/Tv) so in my down time I have been catching up on my collection.  That’s when another website idea came to mind, a movie review site.  Sure there are tones out there but a lot of them are biased and politically focused, something I do not like.  This is something else that I could do in my spare time (and believe me there is lots of it).  It’s fun, entertaining and hey, I might be able to get you interested in a film you haven’t seen.

So, in between excursions, fishing, walking, day trips and all my other activities I will now be posting my review on every film I watch.  New or old, funny or stupid you will get my take.  Now don’t worry, they won’t appear here, if you like the thought of reading what I think, head over to the MOVIE SITE and check it out.

Thought of the Day

From Colleen’s thoughts;

The terrible thoughts of leaving the warmth and awesome new friends are upon us. Beginning of February now and we will be leaving Southern Mesa RV Park in Yuma, Arizona at the end of February. We will allow the month of March to start our journey back to Canada. I want to wake up to water views and Kevin can spend some more time fishing before we enter Canada.
Still don’t know the path we will take just a little worried about all the snow BC has and going through the mountains. I know Kevin isn’t as worried as I am because he is a professional truck driver with many years experience. I really don’t want to see snow in our travels – that is why we left!!!
I have loved this brand new adventure. More good times than bad times for sure. We have visited some very awesome places and seen some pretty amazing things.
I truly feel blessed.
We will need to start jobs to earn money to do this again next winter. Who knows where we will be next winter! Sure hope to see some of our new friends again next year in our travels. I like Yuma, Arizona.
We have new adventures to look forward to in Canada and people to give lots of hugs to again. I really miss family that is far away from us in various places of the world!
We will continue our journey and share along the way.
Feeling very blessed….. Colleen

Daytrip : Oatman Arizona on Historic Route 66

We left Vegas in the morning and decided that an excursion through part of route 66 was called for.  Friends of ours told us of a town in the mountains called Oatman which was on route 66.  We left Vegas using the 93 which came out in Kingman Az and from there we jumped on Historic Route 66 heading west into the mountains.  We started climbing the mountain and  Colleen immediately regretted the choice of road as it kept going up steep, winding roads with no guardrails and hundreds of feet down.  No pics of the edge,  she just kept her hands on the holders and her eyes forward, “Not an F*N chance” was the reply!! 

When we finaly got to the very top ( it is called Sitgreaves Pass ) I noticed  a grave marker, then another then many more.  Weird I know!  From what I have read they are memorials to people who have died on route 66 or people who always wanted to travel the road but never made it in their lifetimes.  I can see why you need to go slow on this pass and that some have died here.  While taking pictures I spotted something about two hundred feet down from the road, I zoomed in on it and snapped a pic.  When I got home I had a look on the computer and low and behold in was the remnants of a car wreck (hopefully old).

We headed down the other side and within minutes entered the living ghost town of Oatman.  Created in 1902 the town was originally a mining town when an 11 million dollar gold rush took place.  Because of the dirt roads of the time and the incredibly steep slopes the miners used burros to aid in their mining.  Though there is still an active mine in the area the burros are no longer used but they do roam free any where they choose.  They have become a staple to this small town and are not to be interfered with or harmed in any way by town law.  When we were leaving I had to wait for one to move from the road!!  

The town also held a special place in the hearts of Hollywood.  In 1939 when Clarke Gable and Carole Lombard were married the came to Oatman and stayed at the hotel on their honeymoon.  Clarke often came back to the town to play poker with the miners as he loved the serenity of the town.   We had a quick lunch there at the hotel and then continued to head down route 66 back to the interstate and on to Lake Havasu City (see the next post for that one).  Great day, a lot of visible history and fun watching Colleen turn green going over the mountains!  Ha Ha.     Look for the full photo slideshow in “Photo Albums” up top soon.  Have fun al…. Kevin

 

3:10 To Yuma ! Prison That Is…

 

Yuma Territorial Prison.  Though the Hollywood Blockbuster movie was never about the prison it was about getting a criminal on the train (3:10 to Yuma) which would take him to the Yuma Prison.

Opened in 1876 and closed in 1909, this prison held a total of 3069 prisoners, 29 of which were women.  Some of the notable inmates included Burt Alvord (Train Robber), Pearl Hart (Stagecoach Robber), “Buckskin” Frank Leslie (Gunfighter and killer of Billy Claiborne) and Ricardo Flores Magon (Mexican revolutionary)

During it’s 33 years in existence 112 inmates died at the prison but believe it or not, most of those were from tuberculosis.  8 were killed trying to escape, 6 killed themselves, 5 died in work accidents, 2 were killed by other inmates and 1 was executed by Yuma county. 

If a prisoner became unruly they were thrown in the ‘Dark Cell’, basically a 15X15 cell carved inside the rocks.  Inmates were stripped to their undergarments and thrown in.  Their one meal a day consisted of bread and water and the cell had no bedding or restroom facilities.  Colleen and I walked into the ‘Dark Cell’ and it was Erie, there was a horrid stench that I assume goes all the way back to the first guest.

several others including the original 3:10 to Yuma with Glenn Ford.  Other movies include ‘To Kill A Memory’ (2012), ‘Riot’ (1969) with Gene Hackman, ‘The Badlanders’ (1958) with Alan Ladd and the ‘Red River Valley’ (1936) with Gene Autry.

Colleen and I enjoyed our self guided tour of the prison, we both read and soaked up the history of the place.  Even Hollywood loved this place.  Apart from the 3:10 to Yuma with Russell Crowe, there were 

 

If you are in the Yuma area, stop in and learn a bit of local history.  Well worth the $8 admission.  I will also add a gallery of picture so look for that.  Have fun everyone…Kevin