Friday, January 23, 2009

The Lettuce Festival in Yuma

Just when you think it can't get any better on this trip...it does! We arrived in Yuma, AZ to find that Friday, 1/23 was the start of their 3-day lettuce festival, so after coming from the world's largest RV tent show & swap meet - now this!

So early this morning we set out for historic downtown Yuma where they had lots of booths with stuff for sale (think Friday night downtown Clovis), free bus rides of their agriculture fields and a fabulous $2.50 salad bar, which I had for lunch. Will had his healthy hot dog and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. We met a very nice couple from Washington, wintering in Yuma, and we are driving down to Mexico with them on Monday. We discovered you can get prescription glasses very cheap in Mexico so I'm going to take a chance as I need a new pair. I will keep you posted on this one.

And yes Roger, we are doing the historical stuff on this trip. In Parker & Quartzside we went to the local museums & found out about Watt Earp in that area and so much local history. One of the most interesting was Poston, CA where the Japanese from San Diego were held in interment camps during World War II. The library in Parker had a wonderful display of pictures, art work by the Japanese and so much interesting information. Unfortunately, in Parker the Indian Museum was under construction and all that was open was the gift store.

And this afternoon we visited the Yuma Quartermaster Depot, where thousands of tons of supplies were transported to outposts through out the Southwest. This included the living quarters, the pump house where water was pumped out of the Colorado river and many old vehicles, old wagons and tools. It was really more interesting than we thought it would be.

After that is was on to see the Yuma Territorial Prison State Park to view the prison, the guard tower, the cells, the "dark cell" which was solitary confinement and the prison museum. This place was unbelievable & of course Will believes all these practices should still be enforced today.....

We purchase our tickets today for the Bluegrass Festival that is being held tomorrow, Saturday in downtown Yuma and are really looking forward to this all day event. Well that's it for now and hope all is well with everyone.















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1 comment:

setzergirl said...

ummm...a lettuce festival? Really? Well just try to contain yourselves as I know how much you like lettuce (of course, you mostly like lettuce leaves with PF Changs veggie wraps!). It sounds like you guys are making the most of your trip...cheap eyeglasses in Mexico? Who knew? Have fun and know that it is COLD here--snow tomorrow: 4 inches! Just kill me now! XO Nancy