Tag: Yuma Square Dance Festival

Arizona Centennial

Today Arizona celebrates 100 years of statehood. Celebrations kicked off this past weekend and will continue throughout the year. The Yuma Square and Round Dance Festival we attended last week was a designated Centennial event.

Arizona owes much of its renown to the Colorado River. Here it is as it flows through Yuma, shortly after the Gila River joins with it.

It doesn’t look like much, does it? In several travel brochures I read in Yuma I saw it referred to as “the once mighty Colorado River.”

Congratulations to Arizona on its Centennial! The will be no more statehood centennials until Alaska and Hawaii in 2059.

Weekend in Yuma, Part I

Last weekend we traveled to Yuma Arizona for the Traveling Dancers Festival sponsored by the Yuma Square and Round Dance Association. Since we don’t know how long we will be living in Arizona, we are taking advantage of square dance weekends to visit areas of the region that we’ve not been to yet, and Yuma was one of those areas.

We took I-10 north of Tucson to the I-8 junction and then I-8 west to Yuma. Along the way we stopped at a rest stop where there were thousands of volcanic rocks scattered everywhere.

volcanic rock field along I-8

volcanic rocks along I-8

I’m always amazed at how quickly the landscape in Arizona changes from desert to alpine to grasslands to irrigated productive land. The drive on I-8 illustrated this perfectly. We went from saguaro to scrub to these rocks and back to scrub and then, voila! An irrigated valley full of alfalfa and thousands of dairy cows.

desert at Gila Bend

The above picture illustrates it beautifully. You can see the desert scrub and barrenness and in the distance, dairy barns. By the time you get to the barns, there’s acre after acre of irrigated alfalfa.

alfalfa fields and dairy at Gila Bend

There were several dairies in this valley around Gila Bend. And then mile after mile of desert again until we were much closer to Yuma. Then we could see green off to the right in the distance where the Gila River flowed. Little did we know that Saturday we would spend much of the morning driving around that green area, which we learned was called Dome Valley.

But first, we arrived in Yuma late afternoon, checked in at the motel, found some supper and then got ready to go dancing! The dance was held at the Yuma Civic Center. The callers were great, the dancing floor even better, and we settled in to enjoy a night of plus level dancing. After the second tip, while we were working our way off the floor, I see someone waving and pointing. That’s nothing strange, but they are not usually waving and pointing at us, as we don’t know many Arizona area dancers yet. But they were waving and pointing at us! It was Ed & Helen Raynor, friends from our club back in Alabama, Brindlee Mountain Promenaders. They are now RVing full time and they didn’t know we were in Arizona. It was great reconnected with them and also great to be able to dance with them the rest of the evening, since they are great dancers.

Before the night was done, we had made arrangements to meet for breakfast the next day. And since Ed & Helen had been in Yuma for about a month, they volunteered to show us the local sights. So, watch for tomorrow’s post to hear more about all the fun things we did on Saturday!

Yuma Square Dance Festival Ribbons – *365-047

Sunday Assignment 7 ~ Tech: Re-Create Image

Our assignment this week is to re-create this image and yet make it our own.

no color

Here’s the original with color:

with color

Another attempt:

less color

And the original:

original

And the badges as we wore them all weekend:

Yuma Square Dance Festival ribbons