A “Sign” of the Apocalypse #10 (Bo Diddley #2)
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[Wahweap Marina, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Page, Arizona, August 2009]
I have been going to Page, Arizona every year since 2007, and I am headed that way in four weeks. It’s only fifty miles downriver from Rainbow Bridge National Monument, and the rarely visited North Rim of the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley are an easy drive from Page. Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks are a little farther out. Page is in paradise.
The Glen Canyon Recreational Area was made possible by the Glen Canyon Dam, which dammed the Colorado River about 800 miles upriver from the Hoover Dam, forming Lake Powell, home of the largest collection of million-dollar houseboats in the nation. (I featured some of these floating palaces last year.)
Which brings me to the boat ramp. The boat ramp you see here was designed to handle these mammoth naval vessels. It’s about 1,000 feet long. To give you an idea of the scale, those are long flatbed trucks you see at the bottom of the ramp. It was only after I learned that the ramp was also designed to handle small aircraft (!!!) in emergency situations, that I knew this was a “sign” of the apocalypse.
But, back to Bo Diddley (please see previous upload). It wasn’t long after Bo’s “jungle beat” took hold in America’s collective conscious, that the beat began showing up elsewhere on the Billboard Top 100. It would keep showing up for decades. I am linking an early example.
As always, thanks for stopping by!
Also by Richard Knight
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