Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I think some of the communities in Arizona have big egos, or big plans!

I drove through a full 8 miles of desert after passing the 'Benson City Limits' sign, and never did see the town as I turned the other way when I reached the interstate. I think Tucson has the record, as it's city limits signs were closely followed by a sign saying 'Tucson 21 miles'. And Parker Az signs are 15 miles out of town! Go figure.
I am usually amused by some very small towns on the coast having a 'city hall', but I found a opposite twist on that one in a place called Huachuca City. On a prominent building was a sign reading 'Huachuca City Town Hall'.

I was visiting down in the Sierra Vista area of south eastern Arizona. Sierra Vista is close to the nearby Coronado National Memorial. And it also bills itself as The Hummingbird Capital of the US. It is also home to the Fort Huachuca U.S. Army Intelligence Center

One prominent feature you will see watching over you in the area is a large white blimp.

'The Tethered Aerostat Radar System is a balloon-borne radar. The primary aerostat mission is to provide radar data in support of other federal agencies involved in the nation's drug interdiction program.'

While in this area I was shown an area with some interesting hands-on history. Not too far out in the desert is the site of ancient habitation, and the ground is littered with pottery shards from these ancient cultures. There is also lots of evidence of arrowhead construction in the area.

From here it was back into Tucson, where I got to visit the Pima Air & Space Museum.

They have on display everything from the world's smallest aircraft, right up so some of the largest - that would haul rocket boosters or the space shuttle. I got to wander through Air Force One - the presidential plane that was used by presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

There was a wide variety of helicopters, jet aircraft, and an SR71 blackbird. I got to crawl around in the bomb bay of a B17G Flying Fortress,

and one of the first Lear Jets.

There must be some of the old west left in Arizona! In Wickenburg, two different guys came in to a business I was in - wearing spurs! It even happened at Camping World in Tucson.

Harley was hanging out as usual, checking out a drawer for excitement when there were no wild prey around.

And it was not because the friendly horses were looking in the truck window to say Hi.

After the museum at Tucson, we cruised north through Phoenix and visited some friends from home in that area. Then it was north west again through Wickenburg, Parker, to Havasu City on Lake Havasu. I think this must be the capitol of boats. Float boats, ski boats, and personal watercraft are everywhere, and the weather is perfect for being out on the water.

Well, I'd better get out there and check it out.

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