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Countdown to the Great American Solar Eclipse

The countdown has been underway here for almost five years since we first made our reservations at the RV campground near the centerline of the eclipse in Wyoming. Now, however, we’re down to the last few weeks before the big event. The Javascript countdown timer above shows the remaining time to the start of the eclipse (first lunar encroachment) in Arizona Time.

The date of the eclipse is August 21, 2017. The beginning of the eclipse is dependent on the location of the observer, but in our case is 16:22:20 UTC, The seven hour difference has been adjusted in the timer. Totality follows a bit over an hour later. The interactive eclipse map has moved to the NASA Eclipse pages:

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/interactive_map/index.html

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Our New RV Palace

Thor Palazzo RV

Palace in Italian is “Palazzo” which is the model of the new RV we expect to take delivery on next week. We’re towing our old trailer and will also transport out current RV to the dealer to trade in on the new palace.

The new motorhome is four feet longer than the one we’re trading in, and has a wheelbase of eighteen and a third feet which is only 2.3 feet longer than current. I estimate we can get the new rig in our RV drive OK, but will be exercising extreme caution when we park it here the first time.

After we bring it home and move all the household items into it, our maiden voyage should be just after Valentine’s day on an excursion to see little Jerry, the grandson. After that, possibly in April, we will take the palace to northern California to welcome our second great grandchild, baby Maci, into the world.

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Spiny Oyster Set

Spiny Oyster Set

I got the bracelet as a gift earlier this year and over the Christmas Holiday I received the rest of the set: the earrings and necklace. All of them are Arizona Native American jewelry craftsmanship . Beautiful addition to my collection of shiny things to wear. :)

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Jerry’s Choo Choo

Jerry Riding Thomas the Train

We went to the California Desert over the weekend to celebrate a belated first birthday of our grandson, Jerry. We brought several presents for him, but this little Thomas the Train motorized ride-on toy might have been his favorite. We weren’t able to set up the track that came with the engine, but his folks will do that for him when they get back to their place. Click on the image to enlarge.

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A Lot of Bull

A Lot of Bull

This wonderful welded sculpture of a bull seems to be guarding the gateway to the large yard belonging to a pottery shop in Harcuvar, Arizona. This artistic bull appears to be full-sized and is in reasonable proportions to the real thing.

There are several other metallic sculptures at this place, including a covered wagon, many horses, dogs, other critters and a two-horse drawn stage coach.

One of these days, we’re going to have to stop and see the inside of this pottery shop. This trip, we had gusty winds, were tired and just wanted to get home..

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A Sugar Skull Handbag

Sugar Skull Handbag

We were doing a little last-minute shopping down in the touristy part of town today. We saw, but did not buy, this nice handbag featuring “Day of the Dead” (Día de Muertos) imagery. Click on the image to enlarge.

We were shopping for another person (my daughter-in-law) with Christmas Eve as a birthday. We finally settled on a nice hand-made shawl for her. We shipped it 2-day USPS today, so it should be there in time.

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Pontiac Chieftain Hubcap Selfie

Hubcap Selfie

While we were at the car show today, I managed to get this interesting image of a classic Pontiac Chieftain hubcap with my reflection in the chrome. Click on the image to enlarge.

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