It took longer than 80 days; actually, it took some 26 years. He didn’t travel by hot air balloon, but rather by many different types of boats, but Weed’s 2011 Carnevale Parade Grand Marshal Bob Davis has certainly traveled around the world. Still, he considers Weed his home.

It took longer than 80 days; actually, it took some 26 years. He didn’t travel by hot air balloon, but rather by many different types of boats, but Weed’s 2011 Carnevale Parade Grand Marshal Bob Davis has certainly traveled around the world. Still, he considers Weed his home.

Davis will be heading up this year’s traditional Carnevale parade, which kicks off the five day fiesta on Wednesday, July 6 at 7 p.m.

July 7, 8, 9 and 10 will be filled with carnival rides and games, live music, the annual People of the Year presentations, a bocce ball tournament and other sports events, food courts, a vendor fair and more.

Davis was born in 1923 in Washington DC, “over a pool hall which belonged to my grandfather on his mother’s side.” By age 17 he had visited 46 out of the then 48 states.

“I entered the Coast Guard Academy in 1942; I was in the last of wartime classes during World War II,” Davis smiled. “After graduation, I received direct orders to the Bering Sea.”

“During my 26 years in the Coast Guard, I traveled from the tip of the Aleutian Islands to the Arctic Circle,” he added. “I’ve gone from San Diego to the Canadian border to the Panama Canal, and everywhere in between. I love to travel.”

Davis came to the west coast “out of the blue. When I was 48 years old, I retired from the Coast Guard and worked in the private sector in southern California until I retired at 63.”

He always loved the mountains and discovered northern California after buying a lot in Lake Shastina. “I visited periodically, then in 1987 decided to move to Weed permanently and make it home.”

Davis ran Wee Care Campus, a preschool, for several years, and rented rooms in his house to College of the Siskiyous students. “We nicknamed it the International House of Davis since several renters came from all parts of the world,” he smiled. “I’ve always been involved in the Weed Chamber of Commerce. For umpteen years, I’ve donated a week’s stay in my condo in Hawaii to the Chinese Auction.”

His selection as parade grand marshal surprised Davis. “I had to ask, ‘Why me?’ What makes me so special?” he said. “Of course, it’s quite an honor, and I look forward to being there July 6th at 6 p.m.”

Weed Chamber of Commerce board member Linda Carlin calls Davis “the perfect grand marshal for this year... We chose Bob because he’s such a wonderful man. He’s done so much for our town and he means the world to so many of us. He loves to travel, but Weed is his home and no matter where you travel, as the old saying goes, there’s no place like home!”