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Interactive Map And Photo Albums

I have spent some time recently and updated the one interactive map that I have been working on.  This one is for all the places we have been and the attractions that we have gone to.  Google updates the map automatically for me whenever I add a new place or review.

I also added a tab in my main menu with access to my photo albums.  Whenever I go to a place I take too many photo’s for a post so I will add them to the growing list of photo albums.  At this point I have 4 up so far.

Well, that’s it for now.  Going to make breakfast then head outside to enjoy the Yuma sunshine!

…Kevin

 




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USS Midway Attraction, San Diego, California

 

This was by far one of the best self guided tours we could have ever gone on. The USS Midway, one of the longest serving aircraft carriers for the US in the 20th century (1945 to 1992). Though the ship missed world war 2 by only days it has been in several conflicts since including, Vietnam, Korea and the first war in Afghanistan, Desert Storm.
Here are some facts : From the beginning of its service, the Midway played key roles in the Cold War. In 1946 it became the first American carrier to operate in the midwinter sub-Arctic, developing new flight deck procedures. The following year Midway became the only ship to launch a captured German V-2 rocket. The trial’s success became the dawn of naval missile warfare. Just two years after that, Midway sent a large patrol plane aloft to demonstrate that atomic bombs could be delivered by a carrier. Midway served with the Atlantic Fleet for ten years, making seven deployments to European waters, patrolling “the soft underbelly” of NATO. A round-the-world cruise took Midway to the west coast in 1955, where it was rebuilt with an angled deck to improve jet operations.
Over a chaotic two day period during the fall of Saigon in April 1975, Midway was a floating base for large Air Force helicopters which evacuated more than 3,000 desperate refugees during Operation Frequent Wind. Its final mission was the evacuation of civilian personnel from Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines after the 20th century’s largest eruption of nearby Mount Pinatubo. As a visitor it gives you an up close and personal look into how these boys lived and worked, the conditions they did it in and what they went through on a daily basis.  I was awe struck with what I saw, impressed and also saddened, when talking with the volunteers on the ship who actually served on the ship.  The would bow their heads as they told us of fellow shipmates who did not return from missions.  They are proud of their time on board and want to share it with as many as will hear it.  I shook hands and thanked them for their service every chance I got.

For any who would like to see and hear about this live, visit here.  It is no waste of time and when you leave you are actually humbled by what you have learned.  Note: Make sure you reserve at least three to four hours of your time and have comfy shoes, you don’t want to miss anything.  I have many more images and will drop in an album into the site to share them with you.   I loved it and recommend it to everyone…. Kevin




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Day Trip … San Diego, California!!

 

Actually we made it a two day trip because there was so much to do there. Here’s how it went. it took only 2 1/2 hrs from our trailer in Yuma to get to San Diego. We drove straight downtown and stopped in front of the USS Midway right on the bay. From there we looked at what hotels are around, answer…tons!! We saw a nice ritzy looking one called the Windham and looked on line at it. Whew, $200 a night! Next step, go on hotwire and find a deal. Voila! found a deal on the Windham for 100, made the purchase and walked in. I showed our confirmation and everything but it hadn’t gone from Hotwire to them so we had to wait. It took an hour and a half to go through, the hotel was so sorry for our wait they upgraded us to a high bay view room for free!!

We also scored the second night FREE for listening to their pitch on time shares! (No, we did not buy) By this time our first day had been pretty much used up so we found a place to eat then back to the room to sit on our high rise balcony and watch all the fun. There was so much going on out our

window. The airport was to our right and Colleen could smell the jet fumes and smile! Straight out front was the docks for two Cruise ships and they were just getting

ready to leave the port. To our left was the USS Midway, a world war two air craft carrier turned into a floating museum. (THAT WILL BE A BLOG POST ON IT’S OWN SO LOOK FOR IT) So, most of our second day was on the Midway because there was so much to see on it. After we disembarked the ship we walked the boardwalk to view the giant statue on the waters edge called “Embracing Peace”, a sculpture that depicts a famous image in the New York papers when word came out that World War Two had ended.
From there of course Colleen said she was hungry and tired after doing over 1600 steps according to her fit bit! Low and behold I spied a Cheesecake Factory across the road so away we went. ( I couldn’t find Penny and I was looking…) 

Meal was good, a little pricey but for San Diego it was right on track. From there we made the walk back to the hotel, opened some cold beers and sat on the balcony again.

Oh, did I mention that across the bay in full view of us was a US Naval base and the Nuclear Air Craft Carrier USS Carl Vinson had just docked there after a stint near North Korea!!!

We should have made it an easy four or five night stopover because of the amount of things to do there. The San Diego Zoo, Sea World had to be missed because of time. But hey, it’s only 2.5 hrs away and nothing says we can’t go back. My opinion of this city, GREAT and would go back.
Thanks for reading, stay tuned for a post on the USS Midway… Kevin

 




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Our Next Adventure : Yuma, Arizona

That’s right.  We will leave Roswell on Saturday the 9th of December and slowly make our way to Yuma.  Why Yuma?  Well for one it is much warmer,  Colleen needs to keep following the sun and heat.   We actually had to purchase a heated water hose while in Roswell!!  A great destination for snowbirds, Yuma offers many things to do and see.

FUN FACTS : The area’s first settlers for thousands of years were Native American cultures and historic tribes. Their descendants now occupy the Cocopah and Quechan reservations.

In 1540, Spanish colonial expeditions under Hernando de Alarcon and Melchior Diaz visited the area and immediately recognized the natural crossing of the Colorado River as an ideal spot for a city. The Colorado River narrows to slightly under 1,000 feet wide in one area. Military expeditions that crossed the Colorado River at the Yuma Crossing include Juan Bautista de Anza (1774), the Mormon Battalion (1848) and the California Column (1862).

During and after the California Gold Rush to the late 1870s, the Yuma Crossing was known for its ferry crossings for the Southern Emigrant Trail. This was considered the gateway to California, as it was one of the few natural spots where travelers could cross the otherwise very wide Colorado River.

We will be only 8 miles from Mexico and 12 miles from California, should be loads of fun….Kevin




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