Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mustangs

We saw a herd of Mustangs!
To be honest, I should say we saw small bands of Mustangs.
We saw some as we drove out of Bryce Canyon, UT.
There were a few more along the road heading south.
And finally, there was a large band in Kanab, UT.
If you put them all together, it would make up a herd.

OK, to be fair, they weren't ponies...
What we were seeing were Ford Mustangs.




It seems that the Ford Mustang is 50 years old today. That's an awesome track record. Ford is commemorating the birthday with a celebration at the Charlotte Motor Speedway concurrent with one in Las Vegas.



The Mustangs we saw were just a few belonging to a group of 100 cars rented by 200 members of the Mustang Club de France. They were enjoying a group tour of the west before the official celebrations began. What a fun trip!


Most of the cars sported this banner, which, in case you can't read it, says:
Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration
50 years 1964/2014   Mustang Club de France
Las Vegas


Happy Birthday, Mustang!
It's hard to believe you are a half century old!





Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tucker Talks: Pet Potty

Pet potty? 
You have got to be kidding me!


You expect me to do what?
Here?
In front of everyone?

This is for the cats!


Monday, April 14, 2014

London Bridge

We drove to London.... 
via Lake Havasu City, AZ!

Wikipedia

Lake Havasu City is where the famous London Bridge 
was reconstructed beginning in 1968.

The bridge was purchased by Robert McCulloch (McCulloch Chainsaws and McCulloch Oil Corporation) at auction for $2.46 million. London decided to sell the bridge, originally built across the Thames River in 1831, as it was not able to support the increased demands of modern traffic. 

But why, you might ask, would McCulloch want an old London bridge? He wanted the PR. He wanted to create a tourist attraction to draw people to Lake Havasu City... his city! McCulloch originally purchased some land around Lake Havasu to test boat motors. Later he decided to create a retirement community. Some sources say McCulloch was given the land in exchange for promises to develop it. Other sources indicate he paid a King's ransom for the land. Regardless, people weren't coming. He needed something to draw people to this off-the-beaten track area of Arizona.



The bridge was disassembled and each granite block of the outer casing was numbered and shipped to the US. A concrete structure was built across to an island and the blocks of the original bridge were reassembled as a skin around the concrete bridge. The construction took three years, and as that was happening, a recreated English village was built on the mainland as an additional draw for tourists. 


Much of the village had fallen into disrepair and has been demolished, but some buildings still stand housing shops and restaurants in the shadow of the bridge.


Because of the bridge, people did come to Lake Havasu City and construction of homes and businesses continues. I think McCulloch, who passed away in 1977, would be thrilled to see the buzz of activity in 'his' town!