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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Warm weather and all

Tucson,  AZ

As I talk to friends and family around the country, we are in the right place weather wise.  It is expected to be in the 70's all this coming week.   Sounds good to us!

Today we welcome Erik of Erik's RV Journey and Beth of Wylie Wanderings to our blog.  Glad to see ya'll.

Our NOMADS project here at Hope United Methodist Church is 1/3 completed.   As it was timely taking down the tiles in the church sanctuary,  almost everyone pitched in on Thursday.   Instead of 3 of us pulling down tiles and pulling out the nails and staples from the ceiling, there were 6 of us.   We should be done this part of the job on Monday and start installing the new tiles.

On Friday Leonard and I did some sightseeing.   We drove about 15 miles south of here to visit the ICBM Titan Missile Museum.   During the cold war from 1963 to 1989 there were 54 Titan Missile sites installed.  They were in Arkansas, Kansas and Arizona.   This is the last remaining site and it was turned into a museum.  The costs to tour is $9.50/$8.50 seniors and takes about an hour.   

After watching an 8 minute movie and walking around the grounds, you walk down 55 steps to the secure area.   This area was staffed by 4 military personnel who worked 24 hour shifts.  This door leading into the command center weights over 6 tons but is hung such that even I can easily pull it open or shut.  The walls down there are from 4 feet to 8 feet thick.

This is the control center.   We were shown the various steps that would be taken should there ever have been an order from the President to employ a missile.  

We saw an actual missile that is secured behind partitions.  I did not get a full picture of it.  Close enough for me, I say.

Scary stuff, indeed.

After our tour we found a Mexican restaurant and came away full.

We then went to the San Xavier Del Bac Mission.  This mission was founded in the 1600's.  I believe this actual building was built in the mid 1700's.

Front of the Mission
Taken from the back

The courtyard overlooking Tucson

The main sanctuary

Hope church has a "game night" one Friday a month.   We got back yesterday in time to attend.   People bring various snacks and their game of choice.  We learned a new game called Five Down.  Len and I played against another NOMAD and the Pastors' brother.   I am proud to announce this is the first time we played this game and out of three games, we won twice.

In a little while we are heading out to Saguaro National Park which in just a little east of Tucson.   Hoping for a nice day.


Sam&Donna Weibel said...

That missile silo looks really neat, they had some here in MO too, but like you said they are now history. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

Rick and Paulette said...

I loved the contrast in your blog today - an ICBM site and then a Mission! Talk about opposites!

Both sites were very interesting. The missile site did indeed look a bit scary. I still remember those times in the early 60's when we had air raid drills in the schools.

Karol said...

Your site seeing trip was awesom.