The tiny desert town of Felicity, CA has quite the claim to fame. Felicity is the center of the world, as declared by the town’s founder, French parachutist Jacques-Andre Istel, after he was elected mayor in 1986 with a unanimous vote of 3-0. There doesn’t seem to be any scientific consensus on whether Felicity is the actual center of the globe or not, but both California’s Imperial County and the state of France recognize it as such, so who are we to argue?
The center is marked by a granite pyramid inscribed with the words "In Memory of Humanity", and a "Museum of History in Granite" has sprung up around this marker. Istel has added the original spiral staircase from the Eiffel Tower and constructed a beautiful Breton-Traditional church, as well as eighteen further pyramids commemorating everything from the History of Arizona to the History of the French Foreign Legion.
With no dog park and no community parks in town, you might be forgiven for thinking that Felicity isn’t the most fur-friendly place. Not to worry though -- there are plenty of parks in nearby Yuma, and it’s easier than you might think to find hiking trails in the desert. And if your four-legged pal needs to run free, don’t fret -- you’ll find plenty of off-leash adventure op-paw-tunities a short drive away!