Our alarm went off at 3:45am on Monday October 6th in
Edmonton as we had an early flight to . We went through Customs without a hitch and
before we knew it we were heading south.
We had a quick stop over in Phoenix and when I say quick I mean quick. It was get off the plane, head to the board
to see what gate we needed, noticed the plane to San
Francisco was boarding and off we went to find
our gate. We made it, sat down and
enjoyed the short flight. We arrived in Phoenix Phoenix about 18 minutes early and due to the tight
our luggage didn’t make it. United
Airlines found out where our luggage was, put it on priority and Monday evening
at 10:30pm we picked up our luggage at the San Francisco airport.
San Francisco from the air
We rented a red convertible Mustang and drove to
Yuma from ,
the drive was very nice as we were surrounded by desert and foothills. It took us about 3 hours to arrive at our
home away from home in Phoenix . The house we are renting is very nice and
comfortable and the couple who own the home are fantastic to deal with. The first evening here we met one of the
neighbours Toni and her dog, a yellow lab named Emily. The community is very quiet and Craig loves that
the planes from the nearby military base fly over head. Yuma
Craig and the 'Stang
Parked in front of the house
Love the mural on the wall
Beauty flowers in the yard
One day I'm going to climb the brick wall and reach over
to get one of these grapefruits. haha
Hmmm what is Craig picking?
Landshark and Limes - a great combination
Yesterday was our first full day in
and we ended up at the Yuma Territorial
Prison. I should mention that it is a Yuma and it wasn’t due to
Craig driving the Mustang. The prison
was built in 1876 and operated for only 33 years, housing 3,069 prisoners
including men and women. The most famous lady prisoner was Pearl Hart, who with her boyfriend Joe Boot, robbed a stage between Florence and Globe on May 30, 1899. It was the last known stagecoach robbery in Arizona. She was among another 28 other women
who called this prison home. Each cell
held 6 prisoners and sometimes in over crowding there were another one or two
prisoners. The cleanliness of the cells was
horrible and the prisoners suffered from head lice and had to live amongst
their own body fluids. The Gates Riot
occurred in 1887 where a group of prisoners took superintendent Thomas Gates hostage by holding a knife to his throat. Gates was stabbed
in the neck and never returned to work due to constant pain, he later committed suicide. No prisoner was executed at the Yuma
Territorial Prison but just outside the prison walls lay 111 prisoners who died
from mostly tuberculosis or killed by another prisoner. State Historical
Ocean to Ocean bridge
The Main Tower
View from the top of the tower
Entering the Sally Port
The Sally Port or entrance was long enough to fit a stage coach
Now that's a camera!
One they used for the mug shots
Prisoner 1319 - Craig LeBleu
Sentenced for 5 years for being too cute
Six inmates shared these small 9 x 12 quarters
Rock, steel bars and cement made up the walls of the prison
Of course I ran this bell - needless to say it was loud!
Prisoners feared "the dark hole" a cave measuring only 15 x 15 feet,
which was dug into a rock hill, with a strap iron cage in the middle.
The longest time served by a prisoner is the Dark Cell was 104 days straight.
They were fed once a day - bread and water
A luxury at the prison, a library
Doors leading from the library
CAUTION: LOW ENTRANCE
Not for me!
The gravesite across the prison
From there we drove to Historic Downtown Yuma. We parked in front of an antique store and second hand book store. From the outside the bookstore looked small and quaint but once you entered it went on forever. The guy that worked there knew his stuff and where to find any book. All books were average a couple of dollars and Craig picked up a paperback for $1.50.
From there we walked to the end of downtown
turned and walked the other side where we came across the Prison Hill Brewing
Company. The menu written on the chalk board outside drew us
inside and we decided to have a late lunch and a beer. We had the special called The Wrecker which
was layers of sausage, brisket and pulled pork all piled on a dinner roll
topped off with coleslaw. Needless to
day we didn’t finish the meal even though their homemade potato chips were to
die for. Since it was a micro brewery
their served beer and cider which they make.
Craig had the Prison Hill Jailhouse Orange Ale while I tried their Ace
Pineapple Cider. Yuma
Downtown Historic Yuma
The building used to be the Post Office
We went into the small bookstore at the end of the street
Having a pint at the Prison Hill Brewing Company
I thought this old truck screamed to use
the colour select on the camera
We decided to head home to spend a nice evening of Craig having a nap and me editing pictures. We have no internet access where we are staying but there is a Starbucks just down the street where we can get on-line.
The weather has been warm 98’f the first day and yesterday was 87’f, both days were cloudy but today it is supposed to clear and be sunny all weekend long. We are going to stay a bit close to home today, with a visit of the
, a bit of shopping
and hopefully watch the sunset. Tomorrow
afternoon we head back to Sanguinetti House
as we purchased season opener tickets for our hometown Winnipeg Jets. We are sixth row up from the Jets’ bench so
watch for us and here’s hoping that they pull off a win. On Friday we are
heading to Phoenix San Diego, where we will visit the
zoo, watch the sunset at La Jolla beach and
hopefully go to the USS Middway Musuem on the weekend. On Saturday we meet up
with some GSP friends who I met on Facebook.
We are excited to meet Mary, Teri and John and we can’t forget Hope,
Jenny and Forrest, Teri and John’s GSPs.
We are going to meet up with them at the SoCal GSP Rescue and I already
had instructions from Craig that I can’t bring a dog back home with us. We head back to on Sunday where we will spend most of
the week touring and exploring the area. Yuma
I leave you today with some pictures of some of the cactus.