Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Desert Rats Hit the Beach
Just catching up on the blog. We stayed a week at the same spot we stayed earlier this winter at American Girl Mine, which is in California but the nearest town is Yuma, AZ. We had bought a bag of oranges in Yuma and still had about 6 or 7 when we crossed the border into CA. When we had to stop at the inspection area we declared our oranges and had to cut them up into quarters and the inspector then said they passed and we didn't have to trash them. There were only a few other motorhomes in the area and not that close at that. It is very peaceful here. Well, at least when the wind was not howling which is was for much of our time here. We didn't do a lot but did take a trip over to the Tumco Historical Mine Town. Tumco is an abandoned gold mining town and is also one of the earliest gold mining areas in California. It has a history spanning some 300 years, with several periods of boom and bust. During the boom time of the 1890´s, it had a population of around 500 people and the stamp mills of the mine produced $1,000 per day in gold. It is a little stretch to call it much of a tour as there is not much of anything there but a few walls. It might have been better if they weren't out of the brochures that told what was formerly at each of the numbered sites, but it was a good walk.