You are probably wondering what I'm standing on. Or maybe you are really wondering why I have so much scar tissue on my legs.
If you were part of the first group, I'm standing on the "Official Center of the World."
The legal and "Official Center of the World" is in the town of Felicity, California. Downtown Felicity is the only part of Felicity there is. The population is exactly two. There is room for more though. Felicity has seven apartments, five of which are vacant (just in case you are interested). As you can see, Felicity (like most things I show you), is in the middle of nowhere. Nowhere in this case, is Imperial County, California,
That is a very nice lawn and tree for being in the middle of the desert. Hey,what the heck is that in lower left hand corner?
What the heck is this doing here? Didn't I do a post titled "Spiral Staircase to Nowhere" about this same thing in Pismo Beach? Actually, it isn't, because this one was once part of the original staircase in the Eiffel Tower. Still though, if you haven't seen it already, you will probably enjoy the other post.
Have you asked yourself yet, "how in the heck did this thing get from Paris, France, to middle of nowhere desert California?" If you want actual relevant information about this place, you will have to follow this link.
This is kind of a "you are here" diagram of Felicity. Where we are is just about exactly under the capital "G" in the word granite.
If you've ever been to the Sistine Chapel, you've probably seen this painted on the ceiling. It is the "Arm of God." When I first saw it, I wasn't sure if it was intended to show us the "way," or direct us to the gift shop to pay our five dollar entrance fee.
It was pointing to both of those things and more. The gift shop is on the left, "the way" is in the middle, and to the right is where we watched the obligatory five minute video.
The pyramid contains the "Official Center of the World." As you can imagine, something that important must remain locked up at all times. It will even remain locked up while you are there. However, if you want to cough up a measly five dollar donation, the keeper of the keys will open the door, Then he will let you stand on the exact "Official Center of the World" and even snap a few photos. He will then tell you that there will be an official document waiting for you at the cash register on your way out. The certificate celebrates and documents, the brief moment when you stood on the "Official Center of the World."
Have I said the "Official Center of the World" enough yet?
I made the mistake of calling the "church" on the hill, a chapel. I was told that it is an actual church that holds no services, because nobody shows up. After standing on the "Official Center of the World," we are on our way to the "church." I'll explain all those triangular shaped things in a bit.
This and the next few photos are just here because I liked them.
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Here are a couple of examples. I wonder where the panel is that relates to trains?
I guess a person could read every panel, but it would take at least a couple of days to do so. I wonder if they'd charge you another five dollars to come back the next day?
I appreciate the dedication that it took to build this place. However, I mostly think it's just one man's extremely obsessive vision. It reminds me of Salvation Mountain and Burro Schmidt's Tunnel. You can follow these links if you so choose.
It just hit me, Where in the heck is my certificate for standing on the "OFFICIAL CENTER OF THE WORLD?"