In the 1960s, a man named Hank Schechert purchased 3,000 acres of ground east of the city of Yuma. We’ve heard stories of how he personally began laying out Foothills Boulevard here and then began developing the area primarily into double RV lots. The Schecherts owned the bank and the hardware store, the water and sewer company, a grocery store and a fitness center when we started coming here within the last 11 years. Since then, some of those businesses have either closed or been sold. This year the fitness center has been sold to a company that plans to put in a grocery store. Good thing, since the grocery store was one of the closures!
Hank Schechert was well known as a forward thinker and an entrepreneur. Every year, the community comes together to celebrate Hank’s Days with a barbecue, car show, entertainment and a parade.
This year it was pared down to just the parade due to the Covid precautions but it was about the longest parade we’ve seen here. That’s Hank and his wife in the bucket of the loader. We sat in our lawn chairs along the parade route and enjoyed visiting with several people around us, most of whom call Oregon home during the rest of the year.
There were no marching bands, but there were two floats carrying a ukelele band on one and a country band on the other. The only marching “band” was this group of bagpipers playing the Marine Hymn that followed the color guard.
Most of the parade was made up of cars, motorcycles, three and 4-wheelers with a smattering of vehicles advertising local businesses and politicians. We happened to be sitting on a corner near a family with small children, so lots of candy was thrown in our direction.
We sat on the west side of the street looking into the sun, so my pictures are not as good as they might be. I hope you get an idea of what we saw.
This next car honked and the people waved. Our friends Danny and Chris Gogerty’s Chevrolet is really nice!
We are used to seeing the horses at the back of parades, followed by the street sweeper, but here they were right in the middle.
It was a beautiful day for a parade and for eating at an outdoor restaurant. Tacos El Cositas furnished fish tacos for our lunch. We were glad to see that the “fixings” bar was operational again. It had been closed due to Covid restrictions. Won’t we all be glad when we can eat at buffets/salad bars/condiments bars without masks and food handlers gloves? I know we will!
We still haven’t heard about appointments for vaccinations but we are glad for our friends who are educators and health care employees back home who are getting their shots. Our turn will come sometime, somewhere. In the meantime, we’re staying well and enjoying our weather. I think even the Great Plains is about to escape the deep freeze and I know everyone will be grateful for that.