Because I have now managed to find a way of downloaded my pics I have decided to do my updates now and back track to earlier dates. Today we set off around 12 noon, after I had been to “Quick Click” for a haircut. Nice job from a nice lady for only $11.00.
We went first to the copper mines but unfortunately we were unable to get on a tour today, so had to settle for a few pics of the outside area.
The entrance to the copper mines.
Norman showed us around some of the outside equipment.
That’s what you call a big truck.
We eventually found one truck that is even bigger, this one has a capacity of 170 tons, but they tell us that the ones currently in use are almost 400 ton capacity. We were told that the tyres cost $30,000 each, last 6 months and there are 6 on each vehicle.
If I look up I can just see the top.
From the mine we then went on to a Triton Rocket silo, the one that had been saved in 1963 after the agreement between Russia and USA to disarm these massive defensive weapons. Both sides had finally realised that if they got into a war with these weapons they would anhialate the world. The one sample we saw would have had a warhead 150 times larger than the weapons actually used during the second world war and America had 54 of these in the country.
We were given a short introduction film to what the silos were about and then escorted underground through long corridors, to the control room.
The control room with 1963 computers.
A view down the silo of the 10 storey rocket with its 9,5 megaton warhead.
From here we then went to visit the “Mission of San Xavier Del Bac” which is on an Indian reservation and is gradually being restored. The place is quite beautiful and dates from the 1700s and will still require many years of restoration yet.
You can see where the left tower has been done but the right needs considerable work.
The work yet to be completed inside will require the skills of some very professional artists.
You can see some of the extensive gilding that requires work.
Some of the paintwork has been done but the domes have yet to be started.
On our way home we went to the Guadalajara Mexican Grill for dinner. Here we stated out with a small Margarita as an aperitif. Apparently the restaurant had a major fire last year but has been restored with all the murals repainted.
If Joan gets through that she will probably not want a second!
Look at all the wall paintings.