The drive from LA to Phoenix, it’s fun, really. The first sixty miles were a bit grim as the air quality was utterly dismal but once reaching the amazingly cool Wind Farms outside Palm Springs all was well.
A visit with the Cheevers in Phoenix and a trip to The Ballpark, Las Cruces, Alamogordo/White Sands Missle Range and the stark and haunting White Sands National Monument.
…because he’s got a World Series Ring! He’s a manager in the Engineering department, and has been since Day One, for the Arizona Diamondbacks and since all the managers get rings, so did he.
Here’s the thing. All his Entire life Spud wanted nothing more than to be in baseball. And here he is with a World Series Ring! Maybe you don’t always get the details just so but Dreams DO come true.
I heard so many interesting stories there is no hope I’ll remember them all. One thing that stuck good though is all about the Air Conditioning.
The roof can close and they can cool up the whole place in a few hours. See that silver duct work, that carries the cool air. There are gigantic fans blowing over chilled water, like an evaporative cooler. It’s quite a massive operation all right.
Look deep into the picture under the JumboTron and you can see the swimming pool and jacuzzi – a whole hang-out backyard available for renting at $5,999 per game, and fully booked for the season.
They have a lot of hooks to pull in the fans. For one thing every Sunday they let all the kids run the bases. That’ll get the parents lined up.
…and desert rocks with other kinds of desert trees.
This diversion took me to Willcox, a small town several miles off the main road where I spent the night in a arch-typical roadside motel.
Here’s what AAA has to say about Willcox: ‘Willcox grew from a small cow town into one of the country’s major cattle-shipping centers. In days past, the large cattle ranches in the nearby hills harbored nearly as many fugitive gunslingers as cattle. The area also was the homeland of the Apache Indians; Cochise and Geronimo led raids in the area.’
Continuing on to Alamogordo I took another few miles detour this time to see the White Sands Missile Range. The signs said there was a Visitor’s Center. The brochure called it a Museum & Missile Park. ‘At the close of WWII White Sands Proving Ground was established to test the emerging rocket technology.’
This was part of it. I think the whole set-up was designed for 10 year old boys and their 70 year old grandpas.
The main topic of the tour was ‘how do plants and animals survive out here in such a hostile, shifting environment.’ It was very interesting too.
You can find pretty much the whole story here at the White Sands National Monument website.
Here is called Valley of Fires and it is a state park. It’s an acres huge lava bed down there – notice the cool walkway. I’m standing at a beautifully constructed campsite. If I was camping I’d be staying here for sure!
You can click here for Part 2 Santa Fe and Taos!