Thursday, November 3, 2016

Small Town Carnival

We dropped by the "Pioneer Days" carnival in 29 Palms weekend before last with my granddaughter. I enjoyed the feeling of a small town carnival, and also how it reflects the people and activities in and around the area. For example, the 29 Palms Marine Base is the largest in the world. Knowing that, I was still surprised to see an "Explosive Ordinance Disposal" display at the carnival. Really? Seems odd to me, with all the little kids running around. Not sure you would see this anywhere else outside of 29 Palms!!

I wasn't surprised to see a good turnout of marines from the local base. Without the marine base, I'm not sure 29 Palms would even exist! Is it just me, or do these soldiers look really young??

This one baffled me. I'm skeptical that a free quick test can tell me whether or not I am going to Heaven. Seems like it should take a little more thought than that! And the sign inside the trailer (What is bigger than god? Worse than the devil? The dead eat it, and if we eat it, we'll die!) was pretty weird.
I decided... probably best to skip the free test, although it probably would have been fascinating to talk with this gentleman!

Mild temperatures under beautiful skies.
What could be better than a small town carnival?

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27 comments:

  1. Nothing wrong with that and a great sky in the last photo

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  2. The sky and the slide seem to go well together.

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  3. I really love this series of photos! Beautiful!

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  4. Awesome sky. Those signs in the trailer are strange but the made me laugh. I wonder if I'll pass the test. :)

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  5. Those Marines look sharp. The relgious nut? Run don't walk is my advice especially ones that can't get the spacing of letters right in their sign.

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  7. Fabulous sky shot. (Thank you for dropping by my blog and yes, the combination of good food, a good friend and sunset was perfect!)

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  8. The carnival looks really interesting, and those skies are great! It looks seriously windy way up there.

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  9. Interesting and beautiful photos. I never knew of the word 'ordnance'.... I might have taken the 'heaven' test, just for fun....

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  10. Interesting and beautiful photos. I never knew of the word 'ordnance'.... I might have taken the 'heaven' test, just for fun....

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  11. Hello, the carnival looks like a fun time. I love the last sky shot with the big slide. Happy Friday, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  12. If it weren't for the Pokemon cuddly toys, I'd have thought that was a shot of Marines at a fairground in the 1950's!
    Loved the sky shot and would give the slide a go for sure!

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  13. Yes I heard about 20 Palms. Great to have a small town carnival!
    Reacting to your comment on the building at the train station in Old Town Sacramento - wow, your eyes are sharp! Or, have you been there, that you see those small details? I have never tried to open that door, but I've seen the markings on the wall that a staircase have been there:)

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  14. The carnival is getting a strange atmosphere in black & white, but I like those shots.
    The coloured sky is great.

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  15. Love that sky. Small town carnivals are always fun. Our town has one in August and the smaller town next to us has a 1 day fair that I always enjoy.
    MB

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  16. a nice and welcoming sky is good for karnevals :) Interesting post.

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  17. It looks like fun. With a large military presence as well as a lot of religious presence, my city has an interesting mix like what you show.

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  18. On our very first long RV journey after retirement, we stayed for three months in a Twenty-Nine Palms RV Park -- our first visit to Joshua Tree -- and as I've already told you we loved the Park so much we kept extending our stay. So of course we bought groceries and shopped a bit in this funny little town. Our first time around a place so centered on the Military -- it was interesting to us and quite a learning experience. But we loved it -- the joy of first realizing that we could really stay someplace as long as we wanted to -- that we weren't on any kind of schedule at all. No better place to discover that magic than Joshua Tree. (While having the benefits of electricity, hot showers in our RV, a swimming pool in the RV park -- and groceries and other necessities close at hand -- made possible by staying in this funny little town. Thanks for the memories!!!

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  19. Cool, love the scenes of the small town carnival. We don't see something like this over here. The sepia image is my favorite!

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  20. that slide looks alot of fun, wonder what the test would've revealed?

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  21. Great photos Peter! I used to go to Pioneer Days almost every year when I was kid. That was back when they still had the Tortoise Races also.

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