White And 37

Thursday, February 21

Lute's Casino

Lute’s Casino

A demographic? No, a weather condition on the trip to Yuma. As we climbed the mountains of the Cleveland National Forest the temperature dropped from the low 60s to 37 degrees in a half hour. From partial sun to rain. And from green hills to white. The drive took me right back to living in Idyllwild, a local mountain community, in the winter of 1979. And to a particular moment in time when my truck spun out on black ice. It was both a surprisingly quiet and graceful experience. The unexpected part of the winter dance was a Sheriff’s cruiser joining me for several revolutions. When our vehicles finally came to a stop, making no contact at all, we smiled and went on our way.

Welded steel birds made by Rick Hartner. Rick donated a flock for the Friday night silent auction.

Welded steel bird made by Rick Hartner. Rick donated a flock for the Friday night silent auction.

Descending into Yuma, the weather returned to the low 60s. Sand dunes replaced mountains and a bit of relief returned. The Yuma Symposium experience starts at Lute’s Casino where participants haul out containers of pins made in preparation for the weekend. Beautifully crafted specimens along with humorous offerings are traded like its Christmas morning. It is the best meet and greet you can imagine. And Lutes, well what can I say, it is pure Yuma. Right off the bat you know if you are looking for a high brow experience you are in for a disappointment.
Welded steel birds made by Rick Hartner.

Welded steel birds made by Rick Hartner.

This is purely down home.

~Connie

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