“White Tank” – What Do Those Words Bring to Mind?

Did a white propane gas tank come to mind?  How about a white military tank?  A hot water heater tank?  Well, our last adventure involved the words “White Tank.”

Last Saturday, Feb. 17th, we took a little day trip to White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell, Arizona (I bet a mountain didn’t pop into your mind with the words “White Tank,” did it?).  It was about a thirty minute drive, and it was well worth it.

This park is just over 29,200 acres of desert and mountain landscape and encompasses most of the White Tank Mountains.  The park has picnic areas, campgrounds (tent and RV camping) with restroom facilities equipped with showers, and an extensive network of hiking trails (almost 26 miles of trails!).  Bicycling and horseback riding are permitted on many of the trails (BYOBAH: Bring Your Own Bicycle And Horse).  Here are just a few photos of the beautiful landscape.

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One of the reasons we chose last Saturday to go to this park is that they were having an arts and crafts festival.  Needless to say, the attendance at the park that day was WAY up from a normal Saturday.  The festival was unique and had a lot of interesting booths.  We enjoyed looking at all the unique and spectacular craftsmanship at each booth, and there were A LOT of booths!

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The iron craftsmanship on these wall hangings and statues was absolutely amazing!

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The horse standing in the foreground was beautiful (this photo does not do it justice).

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This shows a really unique way to display a horseshoe from your favorite horse or any horseshoe for that matter.

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Just on the edge of the rows of booths at the arts and crafts fair was this REALLY BIG cactus.  These are called Giant Saguaro and is the most fascinating plant of the Sonoran Desert.  It has a tough, waxy skin that is pleated and a woody skeleton inside the plant.  These mesmerizing plants can grow to 40 feet or more.  The saguaro blossom, which appear in April through June (so we didn’t get see any), is the state wildflower of Arizona.  They are white with a pale yellow center that has  numerous stamens.  The blossoms open well after sunset and close in mid afternoon.  Our friends, Dennis, Mary Ann, and Charlie, are in this photo with Jack, Zoey, and myself. That is one BIG cactus!

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At the entrance to White Tank Mountain Regional Park is a beautiful library and nature center built in 2010.  This 29,000 square foot, LEED-certified building  (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) features a large, panoramic viewing area of the park.  The nature center includes live native reptiles, an information center, and a gift shop.  It also has numerous educational programs for children of all ages.  Imagine doing your homework, working on a computer, or just sitting and reading in this lovely environment looking out at such a wonderful and relaxing view!

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We had a wonderful day enjoying the beauty of God’s creation at White Tank Mountain Regional Park.  When we returned to the RV camp and after we ate our supper, we were blessed by a gorgeous sunset through our RV windshield!

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God’s paint strokes are sure beautiful, aren’t they?!

So for now ….. “On the Road Again!”

Betty

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Downtown DALLAS/JFK City Tour

I was interested in going into downtown Dallas, but I would need to find some kind of “bus” tour because I knew Jack would NOT want to drive into downtown Dallas! We didn’t really know what to go see much less how to get around downtown in our own car. I googled “downtown bus tours” and several tours popped up. The one that really caught my eye was a 90 minute tour called “Downtown Dallas City/JFK Tour.” Forty-five minutes of this tour was devoted to the most popular city sites (museums, famous buildings, old churches, sculptures, parks, etc.), and the other forty-five minutes were dedicated to sites and buildings associated with the November 22, 1963, assassination of President John F. Kennedy. We chose to take this tour on Sunday (Dec. 3) in the hopes of avoiding the bad downtown Dallas traffic. That was a very wise decision on our part! There was very little traffic that day.

The first part of the tour was the downtown city sites. We were given a lot of information about the buildings, parks, etc., but since I didn’t write down any notes, I have forgotten most of it all.  😞  However, I took a lot of pictures! If I remembered anything about a picture, I wrote about it in the captions, SO be sure to read the captions!

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Downtown Dallas skyline.

4B5A56EC-7B60-4DF7-ADCB-CA0D14DF677B Building used as the “Ewing” building in the filming of the office scenes of the TV show DALLAS. They actually filmed inside the building using some of the offices.

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Dallas City Museum in the background.

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This historic old church is getting a “face lift.”

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MIZZOU in downtown Dallas! Go Tigers! MIZ…

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The second half of the trip was following the path President Kennedy’s motorcade took that fateful day in November, 1963, and other interesting places related to the assassination.  I remember exactly where I was when I heard President Kennedy had been shot (5th grade classroom right before recess; our teacher let us girls go to the bathroom, and we were all crying thinking the world was coming to an end). It was a sobering tour, and Jack and I both learned some new things about the President, Jackie, the shooting, Harvey Oswald, and Jack Ruby. It was interesting to say the least.  Here are just a few pictures of the JFK part of the bus tour:

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JFK Memorial Plaza in background.

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Replica of the limo in which JFK, Jackie, and the Governor rode.

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Building from which Harvey Oswald shot JFK (second from the top floor, last window on the right; right side of window is open).

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We had the best tour guide, and she was very knowledgeable about the shooting of JFK.  She showed us the route that Oswald took after he shot Kennedy, the street where Oswald shot a police officer (Did you know he shot a police officer AFTER shooting Kennedy? We didn’t!), the theater where he was when the police found him and arrested him, and the boarding house where he was living at the time.

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This is the entrance to the police station back then where Jack Ruby just walked in and stood with the reporters and others. When the police brought Oswald out to transport him to another jail, Ruby shot him. That shooting was actually broadcast on live TV. Did you know that Jack Ruby had cancer at the time and didn’t have too much longer to live?

19434A8B-83FE-4BD8-A5D9-C8A1AA007498 The rooming house where Oswald was living at the time.2D37E868-7109-408D-A6D7-13FA0E56A2A5 The living room of the house where Oswald lived. Fifteen minutes after the assassination, Oswald walked back into this house after shooting the President. As he walked through the living room, the lady who owned the house was sitting on the couch watching her soap opera (you can see the back of the L-shaped couch in the bottom of the picture). Her soap opera had been interrupted by the news of the shooting. She told Oswald, “Someone just shot President Kennedy! Come sit down and watch this with me!” He walked into his room which was just off the living room, grabbed some stuff, and left the house without saying a word. All the furniture in the house is the original furniture from Nov. 22, 1963. This is our tour guide in the photo.7E095312-FAAF-4BC1-97CE-9FCC3A83B31C This is the small room just off the living/dining room that Oswald where Oswald was living at the time of the assassination.5A6C5B63-6B44-46D4-8457-99B234AB6BF4 Inside the rooming house was this death certificate for JFK. Something was incorrect on this certificate (I don’t remember what it was), so they had to issue a corrected certificate. This incorrect one was placed in the rooming house.

There was SO much more that we learned on this tour about the city of Dallas and the assassination of President Kennedy.  Jack and I both decided it was well worth the money.  The price for this 90 minute tour was $25 per person!  It was certainly worth the money and I’d recommend it to anyone!

So for now …. “On the Road Again!”

Betty

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