From Sea to Shining Sea, Days 33 & 34: Tucson, AZ, to San Diego, CA
• a statue, building, or other structure erected to commemorate a famous or notable person or event.
• a building, structure, or site that is of historical importance or interest.
Though most people would readily agree that public monuments are explicitly created as a tribute to a person or event of importance, some of the places we have chanced upon in the last couple of days suggest that, like so many assessments, important is in the eye of the beholder—or the monument builder.
Driving across Arizona yesterday on I-10, we saw a sign for Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. Always eager for an opportunity to see an historical site and obtain a new stamp for our national park passport, we headed north to the town of Coolidge to check it out.
|BUILDING MATERIAL WAS A MIXTURE OF SAND, CLAY AND LIMESTONE.|
|GLOUCESTER ABBEY'S 1350 STAINED GLASS WINDOWS (Photo from Wikipedia)|
|FELICITY MUSEUMS AND CHURCH (Photo from www.felicity.us)|
|THE 'CENTER OF THE WORLD' WAS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WHEN WE VISITED.|
|THE HISTORY OF ARIZONA AND CALIFORNIA ARE TWO SUBJECTS WHICH ISTEL HAS DOCUMENTED.|
|MUSEUM EXHIBIT SHOWS CABRILLO USING ASTROLABE.|
|OLD US-80 ENDED AT THE STATUE OF CABRILLO ON POINT LOMA.|
With its panoramic views and rocky tide pools teeming with colorful marine life, Cabrillo NM attracts a million visitors per year. We wonder what percent of those actually check out the exhibits in the visitor center to learn what they can about the controversial man whose name is honored there.
Tomorrow we plan to explore San Diego's famed Balboa Park and head over to Coronado to scoop up a few ounces of the Pacific Ocean.
SUNDAY, 18 DECEMBER & MONDAY, 20 DECEMBER 2016
• Ended in: San Diego, CA
• Miles driven: 484 [trip: 5,131]
• Weather: 31° to 64°, clear with high winds
• Letterboxes: Found 11, Planted 0 [trip: F91, P13]
• Walked: 5.4 mi. [trip: 88.3]
• States: AZ, CA [trip: 8]
• Counties: 8 [trip: 109]
• Towns: 17 [trip: 228]
• RV parks: 41
• Cotton fields: 892
• Saguaro cacti: 21,844
• Rocks: 456,231,784,556
• Tourists at Casa Grande: 65
• Tourists at Center of the World: 2
• Tourists at Cabrillo National Monument: 832
Loved: The changing landscape as we drove across Arizona and So Cal.
Lacking: An understandable reason for any of these monuments to be built.
Learned: No matter what a person does or does not accomplish, someone may erect a monument to him or her. Or not.
|GREAT PLACE TO HIDE A LETTERBOX. "IT'S UNDER THE BIG ROCK."|
|A MONUMENT TO THE PAST AT A TRUCK STOP IN GILA BEND, AZ|
|AT FELICITY, A FORMER EIFFEL TOWER STAIRCASE LEADS NOWHERE.|
|FELICITY'S CHESS BOARD SIZED FOR HUMAN PIECES.|
|LOTS OF SAND WAS BLOWING ACROSS I-8 THROUGH ALGODONES DUNES NEAR AZ-CA BORDER.|
|TURBINES WERE GETTING A WORKOUT WITH TODAY'S HIGH WINDS.|
|OUR FIRST VIEW OF THE PACIFIC AT CABRILLO NATIONAL MONUMENT|
|AMAZING TREE IN SAN DIEGO. WE KNOW NOT WHAT KIND IT IS.|
|SUN SETTING OVER THE PACIFIC|