Then we drove in to Yuma and walked around the historic downtown area. It’s near the Colorado River; a 1916 flood pretty much melted all the then-adobe buildings. Now historic downtown has a large art center, some second hand shops, a book store, pottery shops, courtyards, sidewalk patios, and lots of restaurants, but unfortunately also many of empty stores.
We had lunch downtown at a place called “The Pint House” where our waitress kept explaining the problems she was having learning her job (Can I see how that’s written on the menu because if I don’t write it down exactly, the cook will yell at me; I just turned 21 so I don’t know anything about the beer). If we’d been in a hurry it might have been a problem, but she was cutely inept. She'll learn. And the food was good.
Back at the Yuma Proving Grounds campground, we met new neighbors from Vancouver, Washington. We see a lot of Washington State license plates here plus Canadian ones -- a tourist brochure we saw claims about 700,000 Canadians spend the winter in Yuma.
Bev uncomfortably posing in front of a missile launcher not far from the main gate to the Yuma Proving Ground. Camp Laguna -- now the Yuma Proving Ground -- was the first of several Arizona desert training centers established during World War II.
|A wider shot of the equipment display. In the center is a Sherman tank, aka "Ol War Horse."|
This field of kale was right along US 95 on the way into Yuma. Besides kale we saw red and green leaf lettuce and lots of baled cotton.
|This former post office in historic downtown Yuma was built in 1933. It's one of the larger buildings in that part of town.|