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Yuma Prison

semi-overcast 24 °C

No, we didn't get thrown in........just went for a tour of the Yuma Territorial Prison. The old prison was opened for business (ha, ha) in 1876. Some of the first prisoners were even pressed into building and constructing parts of their own prison. It operated for 33 years and then due to overcrowding, the prisoners were moved to another prison and the prison is now a museum of sorts.

Here's a few pics and let me tell you, inside those cells was dirt floor and grubby stone walls!

The watchtower at the Yuma Territorial Prison

The watchtower at the Yuma Territorial Prison

Yuma Territorial Prison

Yuma Territorial Prison

Behind Bars

Behind Bars

Just threw this one in:
Homeless under the Bridge

Homeless under the Bridge

Today we golfed yet another 9 hole course. This was again one of the best, it is part of the three golf courses in the foothills of Yuma and they have been the finest ones we have found so far! I didn't get a birdie today but I did some pretty fine putting and impressed myself even!!!

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Griswald gets to go golfing!

sunny 26 °C

Yes, we finally remembered to take Griswald out and wow, was it so worth it! We went golfing at Las Barrancas Golf Course (designed by Arnold Palmer) and WOW, that is a course.
Griswald goes golfing

Griswald goes golfing


Green grass, beautiful scenery in the foothills of Yuma, deluxe golf carts which included a ball washer, a cooler, and a GPS system with scorecard marker. Paved cart paths and lots to see! It was an absolutely awesome day! We saw the sunset over the city and golfed pretty good.Barrancas Golf Course

Barrancas Golf Course

Barrancas Golf Course

Barrancas Golf Course

Barrancas Golf Course

Barrancas Golf Course

Deluxe Golf Carts

Deluxe Golf Carts

Terrain

Terrain

Barrancas Golf Course

Barrancas Golf Course

We saw different birds, rabbits and little bats when the sun set! This course is amazing, however, I am not sure how the senior snowbirds will be able to manage this professional course. The long term goal of all the courses down here is to build housing around them and this one is a beaut. The terrain follows many washes (stone drainage paths) which only are wet when it rains (it hardly rains, lol).

And I took lots of pictures...
sunset

sunset

Later we decided to go to the movie...seniors nite you know! It cost $4 and that's with a free barrel of popcorn. Advantages of being a senior...maybe, lol! Eight theatres although not too interesting movies showing so we just picked one. The movie we went to "Up in the Air" starring George Clooney was only worth $4 (don't see it!).. There was 6 of us plus one other couple who came in to the theatre--yes 8 people @ $4 each=$32...guess there wasn't much profit made there!

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Pool time

sunny 26 °C

Yesterday we golfed Fortuna del Rey. It was okay (at least the homes were far away). The course was quite sandy and the grass sparse but as I said, it was okay and cheap.
Fortuna del Rey Golf Course

Fortuna del Rey Golf Course

Fortuna del Rey Golf Course

Fortuna del Rey Golf Course

Today was mostly lay around, tan and pool time. Yes, the weather is still very co-operative....sun in the morning, noon and right till sunset which is the same as in Canada....too darn early!!!

Did I mention that our pool is an eco-friendly saltwater based conversion system whereby salt is converted to chlorine without the use of expensive and harsh chemicals. Well anyhow, it is kinda neat to have a slight taste of salt after swimming and the skin feels soft and odor free, instead of very dry and smelling like chlorine.

We did go for a drive and as I had forgot to take my camera when we golfed Cocopah, we went and took some pictures to show you exactly what I meant about golfing in a trailer court. Tomorrow we're golfing another course and I promise not to forget my camera as I think this is the special one.
Cocopah Golf Course

Cocopah Golf Course

Cocopah Golf Course

Cocopah Golf Course

The last picture is one that John insisted I take, it is one of the tractors used to plow the vegetable fields.

TRACTOR USED FOR PLOWING VEGETABLE FIELDS

TRACTOR USED FOR PLOWING VEGETABLE FIELDS


plow

plow

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Over to Los Algodones, Mexico

sunny 25 °C

We hopped over to Los Algondones, Mexico yesterday. John has some new earplugs ordered for half the price we paid in Canada and I have new glasses getting made. Wow, unbelievable prices and a dentist on every corner and where there isn't a dentist office, there is an optometrist shop.

One view of Los Algodones

One view of Los Algodones

It was unreal how you can walk over the border (too chancy to drive and the Indians operate a parking lot right there and only charge $5 to park your car) and walk right into old Mexico with all the little shops and all the vendors pursuing your dollar. New Mexican saying..."come and buy some junk you don't need!) We went with 2 other couples and had loads of fun, I had a pedicure for $13 and Linda had the whole hair job (dying, streaking, trim and do).

And while there, Griswald found a new friend, he was pretty excited about that, now he isn't quite as lonely and doesn't feel like the third wheel on the family vacation. Only problem is that when we got back to the car with Gomez, we discovered that he had broke his leg on the way back, now we just need to find a wee bit of glue and he will be all fixed!

Gomez & Me

Gomez & Me

Griswald and Gomez

Griswald and Gomez

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9 Holes at the Cocopah Bend RV Golf & Resort

sunny 22 °C

So, today was visiting with Duane and Linda, doing some power tanning around the pool and then we had a golf game with Myrna and Jim out at Cocopah.

Well, it was interesting for sure. Have you ever golfed down the center road of a trailer court? Well, I suppose it was wider than that but only because you golf a couple holes down and then turn around to the left and golf a couple holes back. Not the golf courses like we are used to in Canada, that's for sure. And apparently, it is quite prestigious to have a RV on the golf course...well, okay, a RV with a baseball backstop in front of it to protect it from errant golf balls!!! There was the odd one without the backstop and guess what...yep, between the four of us, we all managed to ping a few balls off a few RV's. As a matter of fact, we lost a couple balls which are probably embedded in some trailer skin.

The grass was nice and green and the greens were in top shape but can't say that hitting my ball straight ahead constantly is much of a challenge...well, maybe it was but it got kinda boring with the same trailer park scenery. So, cross this one off the list of wanting to golf it again!

Unfortunately Griswald needed some rest and stayed back by the motel pool so we didn't even get a picture today!

Tonight watching the opening Olympic ceremonies, so sad about the Georgian luger! RIP

Tomorrow over the border and into Mexico to check out Los Algodones!

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