Atomic Testing Museum

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March/April ITENERARY March 3rd Phoenix, AZ overnight (. ) March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x14n March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground for 4 nights March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights April 5th St. George, Utah (119m) x13 nights (119m) April 19th Kanab, UT at Crazy Horse RVP (80m)x7 nights (80m) April 26th Salina, UT at RPI RVP(163m) x7 nights (163m) *****************************************

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This would be a reproduction of what a bunker would have looked like back in the early Nevada atomic bomb experiments

The bomb experiments would eventually be carried out below ground. I’ve read that a large amount  of the fall out from the above ground explosions actually went North to Utah, our next big venue.

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All the display rooms in this museum are fairly small. Not sure if that was on purpose or not. Almost gives a person the feeling of being underground.

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Displays and miniaturization abound everywhere. There’s a great deal of information to digest here. All this reminds me, very much, of the infomercials Dennis and I would have to sit through when we went off to the movies on those Saturday mornings.

Below: This piece of equipment went underground to measure the force of the explosions. Much to much detail for this blog.

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We actually spent a couple of hours at this museum. On our way home we noticed the Eye, located on the strip. I think we and the museum were east of the strip.

Hotels and Casinos, guess were getting closer to the Las Vegas strip.

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Text to follow from Wikipedia:

The museum opened in March 2005 as the “Atomic Testing Museum”, operated by the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It is located in Las Vegas, Nevada, at 755 E. Flamingo Rd., just north of McCarran International Airport and just east of the Las Vegas Strip. Funding included support from the purchase of commemorative Nevada Test Site license plates issued by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

On December 31, 2011, President Barack Obama signed a military spending bill which included designating the museum as a national museum affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. The National Atomic Testing Museum is one of 37 national museums in the U.S.

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The museum covers the period from the first test at NTS on January 27, 1951, to the present. Among its exhibits covering American nuclear history is a “Ground Zero Theater” which simulates the experience of observing an atmospheric nuclear test.

Other exhibits include Geiger counters, radio badges and radiation testing devices, Native American artifacts from around the test area, pop culture memorabilia related to the atomic age, equipment used in testing the devices. Other displays focus on important figures at the facility, videos and interactive exhibits about radiation.[3]

In 2012 the museum added an exhibit about Area 51, and expanded the exhibit two years later.[4]

Weather monitoring[edit]

Weather station outside the National Atomic Testing Museum

The weather station outside of the National Atomic Testing Museum records weather data for downtown Las Vegas. The data include temperature, wind speed and background gamma radiation in microroentgens per hour. The station is part of the Community Environmental Monitoring Network (CEMP).

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Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
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Coach goes to Findlay RV for fixes

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March/April ITENERARY
March 3rd Phoenix, AZ overnight (. )
March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x14n
March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground for 4 nights
March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights
April 5th St. George, Utah (119m) x13 nights (119m)
April 19th Kanab, UT at Crazy Horse RVP (80m)x7 nights (80m)
April 26th Salina, UT at RPI RVP(163m) x7 nights (163m)*****************************************

3.27.2019- COACH GOES TO FINDLAY RV FOR FIXES
Bright and early this morning we were on the road going to Findlay RV about 1.5miles from here. No time for breakfast so we thought we’d eat out. We were give several suggestions for breakfast and then , just as an after thought, Sam’s Town Casino was also recommended. Like all casinos in Vegas, this is an all inclusive venue. Bowling, gambling, movies, breakfast, lunch, dinner are provided and lodging. 

Stay here and you can spend all your days and nights in your slippers. We enjoyed an awesome breakfast buffet, so much to pick from. The price was right also. Not including the tip we ate scrumptiously for just a few dollars more than at McDonald’s. After breakfast we walked through the casino. At first I thought this might be a Sam’s Club operation but our waitress informed us otherwise. This was a Sam Boyd Family  business. Not to mention they have over a dozen other locations throughout the US. After breakfast it was a short drive back to Findlay RV. Good and bad news awaited us. The hydraulic lines that were ordered prior to order arrival were incorrect. Good news; they could fabricate what we needed in house.  Next the stairs were acting up, they needed a new motor. The propane tank needed a new pressure regulator, no can do. We have to have Suburban do that job. Lastly two of the storage bin doors needed new latches, done! Today’s bill would be just under four figures and we pay again about the same amount for the motor for the stairs. No biggy. It’s still much cheaper than owning a brick and mortar home. We rested the rest of the day.Pictures to follow.


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Holy Family CC in Las Vegas-k

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Travel Plans up to end of June:
March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights
April 5th St. George, Utah (119m) x13 nights (119m)
April 19th Kanab, UT at Crazy Horse RVP (80m)x7 nights (80m)
April 26th Salina, UT at RPI RVP(163m) x7 nights (163m)
May 2nd Moab, UT at KOA Campground (159m)x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 overnights) x7n 234m
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (x7n)(654m)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest

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A beautiful statuary at the front of the church of the Holy Family.

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Above, the pastor of the church.

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As you enter the church.

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Above, the foyer of the church.

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The outside entrance to the church.

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Everything we will be, is calling to us,

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Las Vegas RV Resort

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March/April ITENERARY
March 3rd Phoenix, AZ overnight (. )
March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x14n
March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground for 4 nights
March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights
April 5th St. George, Utah (119m) x13 nights (119m)
April 19th Kanab, UT at Crazy Horse RVP (80m)x7 nights (80m)
April 26th Salina, UT at RPI RVP(163m) x7 nights (163m)

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3.22.2019-Las Vegas RV Resort

Strangely this RV Park is a plain Thousand Trails Park. It has the looks and feel of an Encore Property, lucky for us.

We’re on site #59.

As I have mentioned in the past, Equity Lifestyle Properties has a big family of RVParks by other names, like Thousand Trails, Encore, Trails Collection and Resorts Parks International. Equity does not own all of them but all these parks are affiliated with Equity and we get to enjoy any one we want at just a small fraction of the nightly fees they normally charge. 

It doesn’t look like it in the picture but the coach needs a bath.

Well the coach is now clean, car also.

The campground is basically blacktop, stone and, of course, a wall.

What an awesome drive-in to the office to the right. Plenty of room for everyone.

It wouldn’t be a campground without horseshoes and a pool.

Got to have a wall. Trump would approve of this wall. Concrete, stone and barb wire.

Must lookup this Web Site. Had a chance to meet this guy. A full-timer and he’s only about 30. He says he’s a writer and has published seven books. Below, we’re still waiting for the man to come give the coach a bath.


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Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
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Trip To Las Vegas RV Resort

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March/April ITENERARY
March 3rd Phoenix, AZ overnight (. )
March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x14n
March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground for 4 nights
March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights
April 5th St. George, Utah (119m) x13 nights (119m)
April 19th Kanab, UT at Crazy Horse RVP (80m)x7 nights (80m)
April 26th Salina, UT at RPI RVP(163m) x7 nights (163m)*****************************************

3.22.2019-FRIDAY-TRIPPING TO LAS VEGAS, NV


First item, Happy Birthday Mom. It’s also Cindy Lango in Flagstaff, AZ.  I awoke this morning around 5:30, much earlier then normal, but we’re looking at a 260 mile trip to Vegas. 

Yes, a snow plow!

It is impossible for anyone to feel the cold in a picture, but this is what 35 degrees looks like in the GC. We went to bed last night hoping for no new snow, well, it wasn’t that much. The coach roof was covered, The toppers (pieces of canvas that cover the slides when they are extended) had about 4 inches of snow on them, the windshield of the car was covered in ice and the car had over six inches of snow. We will definitely be picking up a snow brush.

No story behind this picture except that Carla liked the Eagle.

 

 

Now we’re regressing. temp now is 25 degrees. The road is wet with water, ice and slush. We’re moving along at a very moderate 50mph.

 

 

 

Above and below are two separate accidents about ten miles apart. This is the reason we’re moving along well below the speed limit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One hour or about fifty miles into our trip this is what we have. temp  is in the high 30’s and I’m loving it.

 

The scenery we’ve seen along this trip has been just short of awesome. The roads are excellent and the bridge art deco is beyond description.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A quick glimpse of Lake Mead of the Boulder Dam. We were not in a position to photograph the dam itself, but we all know what it looks like.

 

 

Highway bridge décor, beautiful. Instead of plantings before and after the overpasses they make extensive use of stone of all kinds and colors.

 

The trip was uneventful but interesting. Take time to read the blog on the trip to Vegas. Our destination would be the Thousand Trails RVResort in Las Vegas.

 

The site map for Las Vegas thousand Trails. We’re located on site 59. Temp here is 65 and the AC is on.

 

 

 

 

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Grand Canyon Trip

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This month’s Travel Plans:
March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights
April 5th St. George, Utah (119m) x13 nights (119m)
April 19th Kanab, UT at Crazy Horse RVP (80m)x7 nights (80m)
April 26th Salina, UT at RPI RVP(163m) x7 nights (163m)
May 2nd Moab, UT at KOA Campground (159m)x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 overnights) x7n 234m
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest
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3.18.2019 Day 1 -The Blue Route Grand Canyon

Bright Angel… revisiting the East Rim of the Grand Canyon

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Our site is located in the Bright Angel area. This is where we visited almost eight years ago with Abby. Yup, that’s us. Sitting on a wall with an 1800 foot drop behind us. But it made for a good picture.I won’t go into detail but I’ll let you imagine what we might be expecting at this elevation!

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In the picture above are the San Francisco Peaks. At this point there still about twenty miles from us. Yea, the answer to the question posed above: snow, sleet and cold temps.

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This is our campground and a herd of dear just came over to visit. DO NOT FEED THE WILDLIFE, is what all the signs are telling us. At Cottonwood, just the opposite was true. They even provided the food. We’ll be visiting the Kolb studio shortly. It’s a story of two early 1900’s photographers that made a reputation for themselves as daredevil photographers.

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This is what we came here to see. Below of course is us again.

And, of course, the happy couple

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Once again, it’s what we came here to see!

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No I don’t know this young girl, but she’s sitting on the edge of an 1800 foot cliff to the bottom for the canyon, I just don’t understand her thinking.

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The Kolb museum and gift store.

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On the outside deck of the Kolb station.

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Looking back on to the Bright Angel Inn and restaurant.

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More awesome views. Below is a view of a natural bridge on the mountain path to the canyon bottom. Carla, Abby and I walked this path about nine years ago. We passed on it this time.

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Above is a canoe of that period of time in a glass case and the blocks you see is a primitive  life jacket made from chunks of cork.

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Walking to the transfer Station. This is where you get off the our bus and board a GC city bus to your location.

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The transfer station. It took us over 30 minutes before we caught a ride.

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Got a chance to meet Sue and Mark on our ride back to the campground.

 

3.19.2019 Day 2 -Red Tour-Grand Canyon-West Rim
Carla kills the fireplace blower.

The chart above show us the designated viewing locations that the bus will stop at. One bus will drop off and 15 minutes later another bus will do a pick up and go to the next stop. View from our first stop below.

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As you know there are two tours currently a tour being offered; The East Rim and the West Rim. There’s also to the North  Rim, but the North rim is closed until May. The bus stops at certain designated areas, viewing spots, and another bus comes by every fifteen minutes for visitors to board and go to the next viewing spot. Below you see the view from this location. n the center of the picture s the Colorado River (brown water).

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Now we go wait for the next bus. There is an option, you could walk to each of these stops but were to old for such a diversion. The person in the picture below is much younger and has more years than we do, she’s walking.

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Another awesome view from our bus on our way to the next stop. Below, time to leave this venue and wait for another bus.

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About the above pictures. Geologists have determined that about three-thousand years ago the picture on the left looked very much like the picture on the right. That damming up of the Colorado river was caused by a slow oozing of lava from the bottom of the canyon. This to can be Googled. 

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Just a two minute break to rest our feet. This sojourn may not look that taxing, but were both getting a little tired. The more we see the more it all looks the same.

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Here’s where we cheated, and you did not even notice. We’re tired! Because of our sudden lack of energy made the decision to skip the last two venues. Instead we opted to proceed to the end of the Red Tour which is Hermit’s Rest. There’s a nice story behind the name but to much for this blog… Google it!

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It took a forty-five minute drive to get us from Hermit’s Rest to the transfer station and it will take another twenty minutes to reach our destination; our campground! Enough for today, I need a nap. Below, hole we wait for our city bus another deer or two show up and show off.

Below, finally, our campground. It’s about a ten minute walk from where the city bus drops us off and we made it. Nice to be home again. I think were going to do nothing tomorrow…

 

3.20.2019 Day 3 Grand Canyon
Rain expected.

 

 

3.21.2019 Day 4 GC- Depart for Vegas for 4 nights.
Dump tanks and prepare to leave for Vegas.

 

 


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Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

 

New Travel Plans- Journal repeat

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This month’s Travel Plans:
14. March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x 14 nights 
15. March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground x 4 nights
16. March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground x 14 nights

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3.16.2019-SATURDAY-TODAY WAS A 10.
Since not everyone reads the Journal entries, so I’m repeating this journal entry. We’ve been here and have enjoyed our stay but we have not had one great day till today. Tomorrow, Sunday, premises to be equally as nice. Today was 68 with no humidity, so I got the car washed and scrubbed all that Texas dirt off its skin. Tomorrow I hope to give the coach a quick wash as well. We leave on Monday, so Sun day is a pack-away for tanks and hoses. I am so tired of not having Wi-Fi at my beck and call. Last week, I forgot to mention, we added to our trip calendar. I haven’t had time to redo the map but it will go like this. We’ll go from Vegas to St. George, Utah, Kanda, UT, Salina, UT, Moab, UT, Heber,  then Bend, OR. In Oregon we hope to stay a small vacation there, about 3 weeks. Lastly will be Eugene, OR at Whalers’ Edge RVR. Whalers’ will take us to the end of June. Our next big jump will be Iowa, to visit family in Cedar rapids, IO, our route has yet to be determined.


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Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
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Montezuma Well

 

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This month’s Travel Plans:
14. March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x 14 nights (A section!!)
15. March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground for 4 nights
16. March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights

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3.14.2019 1pm Thursday

The text italicized h’s been taken from Wikipedia

Archaeological evidence suggests that humans have lived in the Verde Valley for at least 10,000 years. The earliest signs of permanent settlement in the area appear quite a bit later, however, around 600 CE.

It only took about 30 minutes for us to get here,
awesome! About 15 miles.

The ruins of several prehistoric dwellings are scattered in and around the rim of the Well. Their erstwhile inhabitants belonged to several indigenous American cultures that are believed to have occupied the Verde Valley between 700 and 1425 CE, the foremost of which being a cultural group archaeologists have termed the Southern Sinagua.[3] The earliest of the ruins located on the property (with the exception of the irrigation canal), a “pithouse” in the traditional Hohokam style, dates to about 1050 CE. More than 50 countable “rooms” are found inside the park boundaries; it is likely that some were used for purposes other than living space, including food storage and religious ceremonies.

No fees involved just a few rules to obey.

 

The Sinagua people, and possibly earlier cultures, intensively farmed the land surrounding the Well using its constant outflow as a reliable source of irrigation. Beginning about 700 CE, the Well’s natural drainage into the immediately adjacent Wet Beaver Creek was diverted into a man-made canal running parallel to the creek, segments of which still conduct the outflow today.

What’s involved here is to ascend about 300 feet to see the Well.
The well is in an area where a source of water is scarce.

The prehistoric canal, estimated at nearly seven miles in length, likely drained into a network of smaller lateral canals downstream, supplying perhaps as much as 60 acres of farmland with water.[3] The route of the modern canal is partly original, especially close to the outlet, but large portions have been re-routed over time as irrigation needs have changed.

People were living here from the 1100’s.
This Well was considered by them to be sacred.
This climb is much steeper than the picture indicates.

 

Much of the abandoned original route is still visible within the park, however, as the warm water emerging from the Well contains a high concentration of lime, which over many centuries was deposited along the canal walls as the water cooled downstream; the accumulated lime has since hardened into a cement-like coating, preserving the canal’s shape.since hardened into a cement-like coating, preserving the canal’s shape.

This picture is really all about the cacti plants.

The existence of the Well was almost unknown to European Americans before the publishing of Handbook to Arizona by Richard J. Hinton in 1878. In 1968, Montezuma Well was the subject of the first ever underwater archaeological survey to take place in a federally managed park, led by archaeologist George R Fischer.

This is what the climb was all about.
We were told that the
water has always been arsenic laced.

 

the Yavapai people consider the Well a deeply sacred site, as they believe it is the place through which they emerged into the world.

The trip was nice and the knowledge acquired was extremely interesting. Not sure if I would make the trip again.


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Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

			

Montezuma Castle

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This month’s Travel Plans:
14. March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x 14 nights (A section!!)
15. March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground for 4 nights
16. March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights

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3.14.2019-Thursday-we visit Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well

The italicized text is courtesy of the National Park Service (NPS)

The nice part of these two venues is their location, within a 30 minute ride from this campground. Both venues were very interesting but not as interesting as I had hoped for.

We must check in and present our Park Pass with accompanying ID, nice part, no money is exchanged.

On December 8, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt celebrated the passage of the Antiquities Act by declaring four sites of historic and cultural significance as our nation’s first National Monuments. Among these was Montezuma Castle, which the President identified as a place “of the greatest ethnological value and scientific interest.”

This is like taking a stroll in the park. 
The cement path is about six-feet wide.

Although very few original artifacts remained in the structure due to intensive looting of the site, Roosevelt’s decision assured the continued protection of one of the best preserved prehistoric cliff dwellings in North America.

Below..A Sycamore Tree. The ancestors use them extensively
in the construction of their cliff homes and ladders.

Montezuma Castle National Monument quickly became a destination for America’s first car-bound tourists. In 1933, “Castle A”, a 45-50 room, pueblo ruin was excavated, uncovering a wealth of artifacts and greatly enhanced our understanding of the Sinagua people who inhabited this riparian “oasis” along Beaver Creek for over 400 years.

This is the same river, the Verde River, 
that runs in back of our campground. 
This section of the river is called Beaver Creek.

Early visitors to the monument were allowed access to the structure by climbing a series of ladders up the side of the limestone cliffs. However, due to extensive damage to this valuable cultural landmark, public access of the ruins was discontinued in 1951.

This is what we came here to see.  the wall is a four-level living  quarters that housed dozens of people. In the next picture you’ll see a schematic. In the pictures that will follow arena additional living spaces used by these peoples. 

Now, approximately 350,000 people a year gaze through the windows of the past during a visit to Montezuma Castle. Even 600 years after their departure, the legacy of the Sinagua people continues to inspire the imaginations of this and future generations.

If you could remove the front wall this is what you would see.

Your neighbors would live in these cut-outs. The stone here is mostly limestone which is very soft but the dark/black rock you also see is Manganese a very hard rock.

“Everything we were, we carry with us.
 Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
from the roads not traveled yet." pjgrenier

			

Jerome, AZ

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This month’s Travel Plans:
14. March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x 14 nights
15. March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground X 4 nights
16. March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground X 14 nights

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Our trip to Jerome was just as inspiring as all  our trips in this beautiful state. Every rod we travel look like they are no more than five-years old; awesome!


DSC_4681dd At this location we can see Jerome in the distance. These rusting machines of the past are symbolic of the mining tools that grew Jerome in the past.

The Italicized text to follow courtesy of the Jerome Historical Society

History of Jerome, Arizona
4686-Jerome was built on Cleopatra Hill above a vast deposit of copper. Prehistoric Native Americans were the first miners, seeking colored stones. The Spanish followed, seeking gold but finding copper. Anglos staked the first claims in the area in 1876,
and United Verde mining operations began in 1883, followed by the Little Daisy claim.

jerome1927Jerome grew rapidly from tent city to prosperous company town as it followed the swing of the mine’s fortunes. The mines, the workers, and those who sought its wealth, formed Jerome’s colorful history.Americans, Mexicans, Croatians, Irish, Spaniards, Italians, and Chinese made the mining camp a cosmopolitan mix that added to its rich life and excitement.Historic Jerome 2Jerome was the talk of the Territory, a boom town of its time, the darling of promoters and investors. The mines were nourished and exploited by financiers who brought billions of dollars in copper, gold, and silver from its depths. Changing times in the Territory saw pack burros, mule drawn freight wagons, and horses replaced by steam engines, autos, and trucks.

Fires ravaged the clapboard town and landslides destroyed whole sections. Jerome was always rebuilt. At the mercy of the ups and downs of copper prices, labor unrest, depressions and wars, Jerome’s mines finally closed in 1953.

Jerome Today

jerome sidewalkAfter the mines closed in 1953 and “King Copper” left town, the population went from a peak of 15,000 in the 1920s to a low of 50 people. The Jerome Historical Society guarded the buildings against vandalism and the elements, the Douglas Mansion became a State Park in 1965, and Jerome became a National Historic Landmark in 1976. During the 60’s and 70’s, during the time of the counter culture, Jerome offered a haven for artists.

Soon newcomers and Jerome old timers were working together to bring Jerome back to life. Today, Jerome is very much alive with writers, artists, artisans, musicians, historians, and families. They form a peaceful, colorful, thriving community built on a rich foundation of history and lore.

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Below is a closed mining camp.

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"Everything we were, we carry with us. 
Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

			

Holy Family Church in Jerome, AZ

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HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING
you NEED,
NOT the NEED to have EVERYTHING

This month’s Travel Plans:
14. March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x 14 nights (A section!!)
15. March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground for 4 nights
16. March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights

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3.10.2019 

New Life for Holy Family Catholic Church, Jerome AZ…

Posted on by Diane Rapport-November 26, 2014

Scott Kola, wasn’t always Catholic. He was a renegade from growing up in a family of conservative Orthodox Jews with a Rabbi father and converted to Catholicism eleven years ago. Today, he lives in the Holy Family Catholic Church’s convent, where he can monitor day-to-day restoration. The Holy Family Catholic Church in Jerome AZ, built in 1896, then rebuilt a few years later after it burned down, is the town’s oldest church. Image courtesy Wikimedia.

A year and a half ago, Scott outlined the structural problems of the church and his dreams for renovation to Father David Kalesh, pastor of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cottonwood. The three-story brick and stone back wall facing Main Street is bowed, its foundation crumbling, mortar for its brick and stone façade in need of repointing. Not surprising for a building that was built in 1896, burned in the fire of 1898, and was rebuilt as a brick and stone structure in 1899-1900. It was known as the ‘miner’s church.

Father David and Scott Kolu became strong allies. Together they are bringing Jerome’s Holy Family Catholic Church back to life. Father David conducts Mass on the third Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. When long-time and much loved Jerome resident Don Walsh died in late September, a funeral service was held to a packed church of family and friends. “The church has immense historic value,” Father David told me. “Most important are the memories the church holds for former parishioners and their families who visit Jerome. I would like to help the church become the polished jewel that it once was.”

The Pipe Organ

The organ, designed especially for smaller churches, was built by the

prestigious Kilgen and Sons Pipe Organ Company in St. Louis in the early nineteen hundreds. Only two others of the same compact design still remain in the United States. (Perhaps the most well known Kilgen church pipe organ is housed in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan.)

“We are ecstatic that Mr. Charles Kegg, President and Artistic Director of Kegg Pipe Organ Builders (www.keggorgan.com) is willing to take on the restoration project,” Scott said. I sent an email to Mr. Kegg and asked him why. “I would like to restore it to its original condition so that it can remain an example of this almost extinct style of American pipe organ,” he said. “The pipe organ in Jerome is rather unusual. . . It was being sent to a place where electricity probably didn’t exist at all at the time, so this organ was built using methods from the mid-19th century and with the intention that it must play under difficult circumstances with little or no maintenance. This was not uncommon at all for remote locations. . . Jerome must have been an outpost much more remote than other locations that would want a pipe organ. Another thing that makes it unusual is that it has survived, virtually intact.”

The article was first published in the Verde Independent newspaper in Cottonwood, AZ on November 18. The photo gallery of Vyto Starkinskas’ photos are spectacular. http://verdenews.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=63344

(Diane Sward Rapaport is the author of Home Sweet Jerome: Death and Rebirth of Arizona’s Richest Copper Mining City. The blogs are different from the stories that are included in the book.) 

© 2019 – Home Sweet Jerome

 

In search of the Verde River

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HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING
you NEED,
NOT the NEED to have EVERYTHING

 

This month’s Travel Plans:
14. March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x 14 nights 
15. March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground x 4 nights
16. March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground x 14 nights

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3.09.2019

SATURDAY-IN SEARCH OF THE VERDE RIVER
Temperature for today would span low 30’s to mid-50s’. This is not going to change for at least the next four days.

Carla wants to go out today and look for the Verde River. It should be less than a quarter mile walk except the ground cover will be small cliffs and river rocks. Just a few more pictures so you can appreciate our journey.

We will end the day as always with Mass and pizza.

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All this trail does is go downhill. Next time I’ll remember to bring my walking stick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This does not look like it, since my camera cannot do 3-D, but this is a very steep downhill trail. For a guy who trips walking on the grass, I’m holding my breath right now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well this is what we risked life and limb to see, not really worth it. Like they said in the movie “Guilt Trip” We’ve seen it, let’s go.

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Yes it does have a mucky brown look to it.

 

 

 

 

 

Not our coach but we’re in there somewhere.

 

 

 

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Scoots has the right idea, it’s time to take a short nap.

 

 








“Everything we were, we carry with us. 
Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

			

Immaculate Conception RCC

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This month’s Travel Plans:
14. March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x 14 nights
15. March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground for 4 nights
16. March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights

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3.07.2019-Immaculate Conception Roman CC

In 2002 Cottonwood, AZ was mushrooming into the most prominent town in this part of Arizona. N that year a temporary church was built in Cottonwood that could accommodate up to 400 parishioners. It did not take very long before each Mass service was at 90% capacity. In 2006 a committee was set up for the construction of a new church. Ground breaking for the new building took place on 12/8/2009.

The front of the church has three sets of doors. Only the Bishop may enter through the “Center” set of doors but anyone and everyone may use the center doors to exit the church.

The Bell Tower has three bells. They are dedicated to Archangels Gabriel, Rafael and Michael.

 

 

 

 

The Confessional in this picture comes from the National Church of North Benton, Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The large “Configuration Window” measures 15 x 25 feet in size. It has 36 smaller windows in it. T is considered “irreplaceable.” It was created for the Transfiguration Church in Philadelphia, PA. The “Rose Window” was created in 1856 for the Immaculate Church in Buffalo, NY. The church was built in 1856 and closed in 2005. The stain glass windows on the left side of the church are based on the Corporal Works of Mercy. The seven stain glass windows on the right side of the church reflect the Spiritual Works of Mercy.

 

 

 

 

The stations of the Cross around the church were made for the Immaculate Conception Church in Prescott Valley. Each is five feet tall. Father David Kelash is the Pastor and is adamant on keeping this parish moving forward. Soon the town expects the building of over 5000 new homes. The Immaculate Conception Church offers both English and Spanish Masses with a splash of Latin just to remind all the Church’s roots. Confession is offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.

 

Mario and a husband and wife in the gift shop were very generous with their time and background information on this church. Both this parish and Cottonwood are growing. On our way home we spent a few dollars at Walmart.

 

 

 

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This picture shows only two of the three doors into the church. The center door, (center picture) may be used by all when exiting the church, but only the bishop may enter the church through these doors

 

 

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The Baptismal Font came from Holy family Church in Jerome. It was made in 1887. It is located just as you enter the church is symbolic that Baptism is needed before we can join the Catholic Family of the Church.

 

MORE TO COME……..!

 

 

The text to follow courtesy of the Catholic News Agency

Our Lady of Czestochowa as Queen of Poland-History on the painting…

The image dates back to the time of the Twelve Apostles, and was painted by the hand of St. Luke the Evangelist, who is believed to have used a tabletop from a table built by Jesus during his time as a carpenter. According to the legend, it was while Luke was painting Mary that she recounted to him the events in the life of Jesus that would eventually be used in his Gospel.

The same legend states that when St. Helen came to Jerusalem in 326 AD to look for the true Cross, she also happened to find this image of Our Lady. She then gave it as a gift to her son Constantine, who built a shrine to venerate it. The painting was placed inside a small church, and the prince later had a Pauline monastery and church built at the location to ensure the painting’s safety. However, in 1430 the Hussites overran the monastery, attempting to take the image. In the process one of the looters took the painting and put it into a wagon and tried to drive away. But when the horses refused to move, he struck the painting twice with his sword. As he raised his hand to strike it again, he suddenly fell over writhing in pain and died. Despite previous attempts to repair the scars from the arrow and the blows from the sword, restorers had trouble in covering them up since the painting was done with tempera infused with diluted wax. The marks remain visible to this day.

More recent stories surrounding the image involve the Russian invasion of Poland in 1920, holding that when the Russian army was gathering on the banks of the Vistula River and threatening Warsaw, they saw an image of Our Lady in the clouds over the city, prompting them to withdraw. The image of Our Lady of Czestochowa gets its nickname “Black Madonna” from the soot residue which discolors the painting as a result of centuries of votive lights and candles burned in front of it. Since the fall of communism in Poland, pilgrimages to the image have significantly increased. As many as 2.5 million pilgrims expected to gather in Krakow for this year’s WYD event. While not all of them will join Pope Francis in Czestochowa, his visit will surely attract more pilgrims to the spot.
A replica of this painting is found in the Immaculate Conception Church, cottonwood, AZ


“Everything we were, we carry with us.
Everything we will be, is calling to us, from the roads not travelled yet.” pjgrenier


			

Verde Valley RV Resort

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HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING
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NOT the NEED to have EVERYTHING

 

This month’s Travel Plans:
14. March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x 14 nights (A section!!)
15. March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground for 4 nights
16. March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights

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We got a very early start, about 8am to go one-hour to Lazydays in Tucson, AZ. About 3pm we were on our way again getting no satisfaction from Lazydays except a prognosis on the repairs needed. Cottonwood was over 200 miles from here which is 4 hours travel time in a coach. What we did not expect was taking almost one hour to travel through Phoenix. It’s always been my intention to never travel at night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Sunset came at 6:30, still very good driving except for the awesome sunset skies. At 7pm the sun had gone, and the only hint of its existence was the dark blue glow on the evening sky, but that blue glow separated the road and mountain ranges from the sky. By 7:30pm we were totally in the dark except for the light from the headlights and we reduced are forward speed to a very safe 40 miles per hour. It was white knuckle driving then things went south.

The 4-lane divided highway, after the seventh roundabout turned into a 2-lane country dirt road. We were on the Thousand Trails Road but with no idea where the campground was. It was so dark I had trouble seeing what was or was not on the left side of this road. Carla quickly got on the cell phone and out of no-where an distant pickup truck was approaching the coach in the opposite direction to us; I flagged him down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Is TT on this road I asked? At the same time Carla was getting instructions from the camp ranger on duty at the campground. As the trucker was telling me, “it’s the only thing on this street, at the end of the road” , Carla was getting collaborating information as well. We continued to creep along even slower until we spotted the TT flags…Home!

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The ranger station was just where it was supposed to be with tons of parking to the right of the station. She welcomed us to Verde Valley and gave us all the paperwork we needed to begin our stay. She gave us two suggestions on good sites. We were exhausted and asked her if there was a BIG parking lot we could easily find in the pitch-black of the park, and she said yes. “take your first right and follow the road to the ADM building; Sure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first right took us onto a construction site for I don’t know how many feet, but she was right, and there it was, barely visible in the heavy darkness. After we parked safely, we departed the coach and WOW! You should have seen all the stars…Awesome! Needless to say, we slept well that night. it only took us a few minutes to find a site that met our needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Construction equipment I everywhere.

 

Imagine trying to navigate this in pitch-black darkness!

This campground should be awesome when finished. They’ve told us by the end of April much of it will be completed. Wi-Fi is skimpy. They’re installing a Wi-Fi for all  for a price, we’ll probably have to pay should be pick up one of these sites s a permanent site.


“Everything we were, we carry with us. Everything we will be, is calling to us, from the roads not travelled yet.” pjgrenier


			

Visiting Cindy, Paul & Katie

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HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING
you NEED,
NOT the NEED to have EVERYTHIN

This month’s Travel Plans:
14. March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x 14 nights
15. March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground for 4 nights
16. March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights

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3.05.2019-ENJOYED AN AFTERNOON WITH ALMOST FAMILY.

We arrived at Verde Valley late and in the dark. Jina, at the Ranger Station issued us our paperwork and described the whereabouts of our site. Campgrounds road-ways are not lit. We asked her if we could spend the night in one of parking lots. In the past at another park we were told no. Jina had no problem with it realizing we were exhausted. She directed us to the administration building which was challenging in itself, but we found if and slept well. By 11 we were on the road again to visit with Cindy and husband Paul. She held several positions at our Greenacres child Care Center. Shortly in the visit with decided to grab a bite to eat at Oregano’s in Falstaff. The food was very good and the company even better.  To add to an already perfect afternoon was Katie, her daughter. She was also a guest at our center probably around five years of age or so. She just as pretty at twenty-five as she was cute at five. Needless to say we all spoiled her a bit, especially me, but you could not help it. She was cute, very polite and always anxious to assist anyone at anytime.

 

 

 


“Everything we were, we carry with us.
Everything we will be, is calling to us, from the roads not travelled yet.” pjgrenier


			

Travel to Cottonwood, AZ

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HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING
you NEED,
NOT the NEED to have EVERYTHING

 

This month’s Travel Plans:
14. March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x 14 nights (A section!!)
15. March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground for 4 nights
16. March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights

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3.04.2019-TRAVELING TO COTTONWOOD, AZ

 

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Our trip to Cottonwood, AZ was as usual, uneventful. The road, US 40 and US 17 were excellent. The item that impressed us the most was the extreme detail Arizona goes through to make they’re overpasses so esthetically pleasing. Some, I would dare say, were close to works of art.

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Our goal is to reach Verde Valley RVP. We don’t anticipate any challenges on that.

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Once again , love these sunsets.

 

Taken from the Journal of the day:

Carla and I began this sojourn six years ago. Our primary purpose was, as we’ve told all, to see America. Our secondary purpose was to find a location that offered 3 and one-half seasons. This has been a very elusive location. Cottonwood, AZ has met or surpassed almost all our objectives. They do get heat, but little humidity. It does snow but only occasionally and it goes away quickly. It does have cooler temperatures but not cold. It does rain, but only occasionally. Verde Valley RVR is not the nicest, nor is it one of the biggest. It is growing and growing nicely. It offers everything we’d wanted except for Wi-Fi in the location we currently have. The church, Immaculate Conception RCC was a very strong selling point. Between the pastor and a couple of the parishioners they sure made us feel at home. Our friends Tom and Sue are over 200 miles away but Cindy and Family are about one-hour from here. On the long side would be our dear friends in Iowa, Don and Joyce. Cedar Rapids is 1200 miles from here, closer than from Florida. Boynton Beach, where Dennis lives, is also 1200 miles away. JUST FOOD FOR THOUGHT……FOR US!.

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We will also experience Immaculate Conception C Church, which we will grow to like very much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Everything we were, we carry with us.
Everything we will be, is calling to us,  
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

			

Queen Mine Tour

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HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING
you NEED,
NOT the NEED to have EVERYTHING

 

This month’s Travel Plans:
14. March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x 14 nights
15. March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground X 4 nights
16. March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground X 14 nights

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3.03.2019-Queen Mine Tour
The Queen Mine is located in Bisbee, AZ. The day, as nice as it would have been on its own, was made even nicer by having Tom and Sue join us on this venture.

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History of the Mine
Bisbee’s Queen Mine was one of the richest copper mines in history. The mine opened in 1877 and eventually closed when Phelps Dodge discontinued mining operations in Bisbee in the mid-1970’s. The Queen Mine opened once again as a tour for visitors in 1976, nearly 100 years after the mine originally opened.

Tourism

Today approximately 50,000 people a year visit the Queen Mine Tour to commemorate Bisbee’s prosperous mining heritage and experience what it was like working underground where temperatures are 47 degrees year-round.

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Visit the Mine

To take the tour, enter the changing house, pick up your mine token, and get outfitted with your slicker, helmet and miner’s headlamp. Board the mine train and descend into the mine. Tours are conducted by miners who worked in the mines and tell their own stories from personal experiences.

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915 S.Tovreaville Road 
Bisbee, AZ 85603
Phone: 520-432-6000
information@bisbeeaz.gov

 

I did take some pictures in the mine itself, but the lighting wasn’t sufficient enough to give a decent picture. Ur tour guide was an actual miner back when the mine was open, which gave way for many short stories about life working in a mine.

 

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This was a mockup of how a mine would be worked. Many of the workers, even our guide, was responsible for growing the mine and building the support structures to insure safety.

 

 

 

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Carla was really ready to go digging. 

Everything we were, we carry with us.
Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier