February 19, 2022
Mesa and Phoenix, Az.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Mesa for the first leg of the monthly putt for the Over the Hill Gang-Phoenix on Saturday, February 19, 2022. We had 28 people at the breakfast and it was enjoyable as usual, talking and socializing with everyone. We had about an hour to kill before we could head to the second leg of the putt to the Hall of Flame Museum of Fire Fighting, so we shopped a little while at the restaurant. It’s a great place to buy gifts, candy, etc., so it wasn’t too terrible to have to wait. Some of the Gang were only there for the breakfast because they had other commitments afterwards, but from what I could see, they had a good time.
There were 18 of us at the Hall of Flame Museum in Phoenix: “The world’s largest firefighting museum chronicles the history of the profession and commemorates fallen firefighters.” If you’ve never been there, it’s a very interesting place to visit, and we had our very own docent giving us a private tour, who is a retired firefighter with a passion for all things related to firefighting equipment and history. There was a big display of all of the past resuscitative equipment as well. We learned a lot and were awed by the collection of antique fire trucks from all over the world. There were displays in tribute to those who died during 9/11 as well as the Granite Mountain Hot Shots during the Yarnell fire on June 30, 2013. There is an impressive collection of fire department patches from cities all over the country which covered almost every wall of the Museum. There is a lot more to see and learn, and a must-visit if you haven’t been. If you’re interested in seeing more photos, Google Trip Advisor’s site for the Hall of Flame Museum of Fire Fighting; I think you’ll be impressed.
Thank you for joining us on our putt…Bob & Betty Bailey
Photos by Danise Cover, Debbie Thomas and Betty Bailey