I like to go to car and air shows mainly to get photos for future paintings. Also, when I have a chance, I go to motorcycle shows or bike week events. The people at the motorcycle shows are often as interesting as the bikes. It isn’t often I get out to these things so I try to be prepared with camera and film. These first few were taken in March of this year at Daytona Beach Bike Week in Florida.
This last weekend, I, along with my brother and his wife, went to the Wickenburg Air and Classic Car show. There were many more cars than planes out, however.
Here’s a bit of history of Wickenburg:
Wickenburg was named after Austrian born Henry Wickenburg. He hit pay dirt after discovering the Vulture Mine where over $30 Mil worth of gold was dug up. He, along with the ranchers and farmers along the Hassayampa River founded the town back in 1863. Later Jack Swilling carried out irrigation projects and helped in establishing the City of Phoenix. There were wars against the Yavapai Indians back then when about 1000 Yavapai Indians and 400 settlers died in different battles between 1860 and 1869.
It is interesting to note that if the entire area of Wickenburg were annexed it would surpass Phoenix in size, yet the current census has the population at a little over 6,000. It’s about 50 miles from Phoenix and is small, quiet, had very little traffic and is about ten/fifteen degrees cooler than Phoenix. I like it and wouldn’t mind moving there. I just don’t know about all the mines because many are not used anymore. There are no maps and the owners long ago have died. I guess I wouldn’t want to go hiking around much. Last year two young girls fell in an abandoned mine (not in Wickenburg) while riding dirt bikes off road and one of them killed. There are no signs or barricades to warn people. Of course these girls probably shouldn’t have been off the trail. I believe there is state legislation going on to fix the problem of abandoned mines. The mine owners needed to board the mines up or place barricades to keep people away. However, the state people are finding out that there are no owners. The state must take action but it will take years I am sure.
The Wickenburg Airport is quite small with one office building and several hangers for small planes. I didn’t notice if there was a control tower. There were a few planes out you could walk around and look at and the owner/pilot was there as well. This was the extent of the air show. A few took off or landed. Darko's airshow was much more exciting:
Nevertheless, I enjoyed myself in this relaxing excursion.
Two weekends before, we had brunch at the Deer Valley Airport. It is larger than the Wickenburg Airport that we went to last weekend. Before September 11, you were able to walk down and view the many parked planes. Now, there were hardly any and everything was barricaded. The brunch was quite good, however. They had quite a spread. I had my first strawberry crepes with blueberry preserves on top. Sausage and scrambled eggs too. Yummy! Sorry no pics of the food to whet your appetite.
To see more photos: http://my.opera.com/PainterWoman/albums/show.dml?id=623729