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  1. #11
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    The roads were very clear of traffic which made them nice to drive on and the road construction was on the whole finished. Unfortunately being in construction zones the speed was limited to 35 MPH with the speed fines doubled if caught speeding. Don't mind this if there are workers present but there were none in any of the construction zones so.......


    Now the next batch of pictures.

    Back on 95 south.

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    Amazing what happens when you put water onto the desert.

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    Apparently I missing the Welcome to California sign leaving Nevada awhile back. So welcome to Arizona again.

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    Coming into the Yuma Proving Ground area. More than a few military planes flying by.

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    Coming into Yuma from the east. They seem to be planting new crops. First stop light we got to the windows opened up to enjoy some fresh desert air. What we got was a blast of hot humid air. Not expected in the desert. Found out that night that the humidity and the clouds were from a tropical storm that was skirting around Yuma up from the Gulf of California.

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    Next batch will be of the Hotel and some of the sights in Yuma.

  2. #12
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    I don't normally plug hotels but if you are going to be staying in the Yuma area this is a very very nice hotel. Not part of chain and so far as I know it is family owned. All of the rooms are courtyard facing. No public access to the hotel courtyard and you need your room key to get through the doors from the parking lot. So it is secure but the area is not in what I would consider close to being a bad part of town. Added bonus it is not expensive.

    http://www.lafuenteinn.com/

    Courtyard view from by our room.

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    Citrus tree of some kind, different thing for an Alberta boy to see.

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    Pool view

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    I suspect people thought that we were a bit crazy sitting at the pool with no sunshine but it was still 30ish degrees C (85ish F) and we are Canadian.

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    A few shots from around the hotel courtyard.

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    Now it is actually raining. Don't care under the cover of one of the cabanas. Still hot out.

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    Next day spent some quality time in prison. Luckily it has been shut down for over 100 years.

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    The mighty Colorado River. Beaten into submission by Dams and irrigation. Before all of that what you see that is green would have been flooding river and then some in the spring.

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    Admission paid and inside the prison.

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    Looking to the gate.

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    When the railway built here it took out about 1/3 of the prison.

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    Fighter jets

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    Here is the one half of the outer gate. The main portion is sized for wagons and inside it is a people door.

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    This is the Sallyport. Both ends are gated and wagons would come in one end and the gate on the other would stay closed. Everything was inspected and then the other gate would open.

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    Here are the cells. The first prisoners here had to build their own cells. The first two, left side, you can see the first prisoners took extra care with their new homes. Look over the doors and you can see cut stone arches. The rest of the cells did not get this.

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    On the left is a cell block. On the right over the wall are the railroad tracks that took out the 1/3 of the prison.

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    Home sweet home. Six to a room, bathroom in the middle.

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    Your view of life when not working.

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    Graffiti from the depression. No graffiti from prisoners, apparently a major punishable offense.

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    Barber shop. All men got clipped in part to help control lice.

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    This door used to be higher but an Alan Ladd movie was filmed here and he was short so they changed the height. Short doorway equals tall man.

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    Model of the prison

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    These are taken from the guard tower which was built over the water reservoir.

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    The prison cemetery (middle of the picture).

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    Under the guard tower showing the water reservoir.

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    That's it for the prison.
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  3. #13
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    A couple of shots to show off the hotel pool with sunshine.

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    Next day heading off to San Diego.

    Welcome to California

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    Getting into some good sand dunes

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    Something that I just do not get. Irrigating to grow hay in the desert.

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    Sadly this picture is just after the sign that said sea level and still heading down hill.

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    Water for your car. Going up from under sea level with signs to turn off your AC and lots of pull out areas with water barrels for boil overs. I suspect that the area gets a lot hotter than what it was for us.

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    Getting close to San Diego

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    Made it to the hotel in one piece in the Miramar area by the Air Force base.

    Sights in the San Diego area next.

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    WOW!

    We could just do with that Pool over here at the moment as we came into Morocco and the temperature went up to 24C while it also started raining and the Mosquitos came out to play on US!

    Within a few minutes my good lady was bitten 4 times on her fingers, while the Bug spray is going down fast.

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    The pool in Yuma was a great way to start relaxing on vacation. Warm temperatures and good weather. Even better no biting bugs.

    Sorry to hear about your Mosquitoes. Hope that you loose them in a hurry

    First morning in San Diego was spent wandering through Old Town San Diego. We went through the original old town area but driving out for lunch we saw that there was more to see outside of (south on public roadways) the older buildings. So we now have more to see next time we go there. One of the last shots will be up that road.

    So we begin.

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    Catholic church right by Old Town

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    Beginning of October so we have to have pumpkins out, these will last for a lot longer than the real thing.

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    The central plaza

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    Hibiscus

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    Courtyard area with shops and restaurants

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    Take note of the two hibiscus flowers. The inner red areas spiral in different directions.

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    Other side of the courtyard

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    Sadly out of focus but still a nice colour.

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    From in the Wells Fargo office

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    The gold is supposed to be real.

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    Need a room for the night. If so talk to the Sheriff.

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    However you do not get the view from this room.

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    Local flora by where we had an ice cream break

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    Looking up the street that needs exploring next visit

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    Next stop lunch at 'The Fish Market Seafood Market and Restaurant' right on the Harbour with a large surprise beside it.

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    Lunch time.

    As I said, right on the harbour.

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    Saw this when we pulled into the parking lot. Of course it was not the first thing that we saw when we pulled in. The restaurant is on the left side of the picture under the trees.

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    What did catch our eye coming into the parking lot was this...

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    The USS Midway. Just outside shots as we did not have enough time to do a proper on board tour.

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    Heading back to the hotel and saw some really strange spiral street lights

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    Life got busy this last week so there has been no time to update.

    Until now.

    So the next morning we are of to the Beach. La Jolla. Spent two or three hours wondering the beach and then headed out and drove around La Jolla with the ultimate aim of doing lunch at a Mexican restaurant that used to in Old Town San Diego. It is now more in the suburbs by a shopping mall. It is call Casa De Pico and it has very good food.

    First the beach.

    Driving to the beach

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    At the Beach

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    High tide

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    Living the life in the hills looking over the Beach and the Ocean.

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    If you can't live in the hills with the view then you force yourself to live on the Beach and keep your house secure with a raised staircase.

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    Random shots of the area after leaving the beach to get to the restaurant for lunch. Starting in the beach area and then working further out to the south and east.

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    Parked at the Mall for lunch.
    We don't see this kind of thing at home in parking lots, the flowers not the building.

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    Certainly not Bird of Paradise.

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    Lunch time.

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    Next batch will be heading north to Monterey.

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    Next moring headed north to Monterey.

    Went up Interstate 5 through Los Angeles then west through Hollister to Monterey. May not have been the most direct way but it was a route not traveled for a good number of years and I have wanted to go through Hollister for a while.

    Heading north from San Diego/Miramar

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    Truck runaway ramp

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    Hollister

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    First view of the Ocean

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    At the Hotel in Monterey

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    I like the Truck Runaway Ramp going off into the hills!
    Over this side of the 'Pond' they tend to put them going downhill but on long beds of small stones which have a real slowing down effect on a runaway.

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    The run away ramp is on the I5 on the north end of the LA area. The mountains/hills here go up a good bit. I believe that the interstate here goes up to 4,000 feet and then down to the central valley of California which is at about 100 feet.
    Most of the runaway ramps I have seen are graveled like yours but they try to make them go up hill. What I get a kick out of seeing on some ramps are no parking signs to try and stop people from parking in front of them. Makes you wonder about people.

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