Casa Grande and Phoenix Int'l. Raceway
Trip Start Jan 08, 2006
79Trip End Dec 31, 2006
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The building is about 60 X 40 feet wide at the base and has walls over 3 feet thick, with amazing detail including wooden beams supporting the clay walls, and stairways and windows
I guess that during the spring, the Monument is sometimes the hottest place in the whole US, and even in winter, daytime temperatures can reach 80 °F., however it was very windy and quite cold the day we were there (Greg even wore a jacket with his shorts!).
The adventures of the day didn't end with our departure from the ruins, however, as I was attacked by a large prickly (and boy, was it!) pear cactus on my way back to the car (see picture #3). It took quite a while to remove the many needle-sharp spines from my leg and from the bottom of my clamdigger pants! I'll be watching out for angry cactus as we continue our travels through the Southwest!
The weekend (01/21-23)was one of good times with friends Harold and Alice (see picture #4) and good racing at Phoenix International Raceway
Before leaving Casa Grande this past week, we spent a fun afternoon with Earl and Grace, friends who live in Sun Lakes, Arizona. We first met Earl at PIR, part of the great group of folks we've got who all sit together (and now, camp together or in near proximity!) at our race weekends. Earl's a character, much like the one pictured next to him here! (See Picture #5) We enjoyed watching Earl play in a Bocce Ball tournament in their community, and Greg decided that it's a game much like the Curling he grew up with in Canada - we thought we might have to get a lawnmower to cut in front of the Bocce Balls, though, since brooms wouldn't work quite the same on grass! Once again, our good-byes included promises of seeing each other again in November, at their son Kyle's wedding the day before Nascar Cup weekend, when he marries fellow Nascar race fan Leslie...a relationship that resulted from one of our camping weekends at the race track...aah, but that's another story!