Good 63º scattered clouds morning.
Yesterday we topped at 95º and it was very humid and very cloudy.
Picture of the Day ... LOL...shared by my NY friend, Vivia.
Interesting about Arizona.....
The saguaro cactus blossom is the official state flower. The white flower blooms on the tips of the saguaro cactus during May and June. The saguaro is the largest American cactus.
Arizona leads the nation in copper production.
Petrified wood is the official state fossil. Most petrified wood comes from the Petrified Forest in northeastern Arizona.
The bola tie is the official state neckwear.
The Palo verde is the official state tree. Its name means green stick and it blooms a brilliant yellow-gold in April or May.
The cactus wren is the official state bird. It grows seven to eight inches long and likes to build nests in the protection of thorny desert plants like the arms of the giant saguaro cactus.
Turquoise is the official state gemstone. The blue-green stone has a somewhat waxy surface and can be found throughout the state.
Arizona is home of the Grand Canyon National Park.
The ringtail is the official state mammal. The ringtail is a small fox-like animal about two and one-half feet long and is a shy, nocturnal creature.
The amount of copper on the roof of the Capitol building is equivalent to 4,800,000 pennies.
Arizona observes Mountain Standard Time on a year round basis. The one exception is the Navajo Nation, located in the northeast corner of the state, which observes the daylight savings time change.
The battleship USS Arizona was named in honor of the state. It was commissioned in 1913 and launched in 1915 from the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Arizona’s most abundant mineral is copper.
Bisbee, located in Tombstone Canyon, is known as the Queen of the Copper Mines. During its mining history the town was the largest city between Saint Louis and San Francisco. (This is where my mon's father worked as a mining engineer and where my mom met my dad and eloped to Tombstone!)
Arizona became the 48th state on February 14, 1912.
Tombstone, Ruby, Gillette, and Gunsight are among the ghost towns scattered throughout the state.
Special anniversary today.... friends from way back in California and were members of our California LE Motorcycle Club, the Chiorboys. We had lots of fun rides... Jerry and I rode his Fat Boy.. To belong to the Choirboys you had to have a Harley and be current or retired law enforcement.
Happy 64th Anniversary Ginny and Merill Feiker!!
Historically this date....
1917 – A Great Fire in Thessaloniki, Greece destroys 32% of the city leaving 70,000 individuals homeless.
1965 – Vietnam War: Operation Starlite begins – United States Marines destroy a Viet Cong stronghold on the Van Tuong peninsula in the first major American ground battle of the war.
1983 – Hurricane Alicia hits the Texas coast, killing 22 people and causing over USD $1 billion in damage (1983 dollars).
And births this date include....
1936 – Robert Redford, American actor...
1952 – Patrick Swayze, American actor (d. 2009)
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo