Snow dusted the cacti in Sacred Rocks Reserve - photo credit:David Muenker
We woke to an inch of snow in our RV park yesterday. While taking Sonya on her daily run through the preserve, David shot these scenes of our snow-dusted setting. We also woke to an electricity outage that swept across the entire mountain. We followed through with our plans to “go down the hill,” as locals say, to go to church and then do our weekly grocery run.
Snow graces the live oaks. Photo credit: David Muenker
When we got out on the road, we discovered how much snow had fallen at the higher elevations — at least 4 inches — and how it must have paralyzed traffic during pre-dawn hours. The entrance road to Acorn Casino, which is a major stop on the interstate to get gas, was closed.
Sonya checks out her snow-covered "backyard." Photo credit: David Muenker
Once the danger was past, people stopped their cars along the highway so they could enjoy the rare chance to make snowballs and snowmen in southern California! One person’s dread is another person’s delight.
The snow is gone now, and for two people whose intention is to live snow-free winters, that’s fine with us!
It just occurred to me that I ought to be sharing with you the column I write for every issue of Out of Denver magazine. My columns describe our On the Road experiences over a period of time AND they include a fabulous array of David’s photos — far more than we can include in this blog.
Here’s California Dreamin’ — the column with all the pretty pics about our arrival and first months in southern California.
A couple of people have commented on my blog post of November 2009 that Forest Gump’s bench can now be seen at Paramount Studios in L.A. I’d love to get confirmation from the person in charge of this property. Any idea who that is and how to reach him or her?
Statue of Sailor Kissing Nurse at End of WWII. Photo credit: Rose Muenker
My super sleuth friend, Mimi, found an article that takes much of the mystery out of the sailor and nurse in this pose. The nurse in this statue, which replicates the pose captured in the iconic image by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, was Edith Shain.
According to the article, in the 1970s, Edith Shain wrote to the photographer that she was the nurse in the photo. At the time it was taken (August 14, 1945), she was working at the Doctor’s Hospital in New York City.
The sailor’s identity is still unknown. I assume that means that the sailor was a stranger to the young nurse. Otherwise, she probably would have shared that information, too. Unfortunately, it’s too late to ask her that question. Edith Shain passed away in June 2010 at age 91.
Mexico viewed through the U.S. border fence at Jacumba, CA. Photo credit: Rose Muenker
The Interstate 8 U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint I go through everytime I go to the grocery store posted its 2010 statistics.
- Pounds of drugs seized: 4,881
- Immigration arrests: 1,290
- Criminal arrests: 719
- DUIs turned over to California Highway Patrol: 21
They’re doing their job. And in the process they usually manage to minimize the inconvenience to well-intentioned travelers.