Mesa Pow Wow

marvin-and-anna-redeye Yesterday, Liz and I attended the 33rd Annual Roy Track Pow Wow in Mesa. The Pow Wow is an inter-tribal get-together. The main attraction is the gourd dancing and drum circle.

I have no photographs, as this event is a tribal affair.  The dances are sacred ritual.  Some tribes allow photographs and video, others do not. To be respectful, I only took pics of friends and the arts and crafts tents. Continue reading »

Shrouded in mystery

cloudy mountain web 2 When I looked out my back door this morning, I knew I could waste no time in driving out to Idaho Rd and Lost Dutchman. This intersection offers one of the best unimpeded views of the Superstition Mountain.

Monsoon begins late June, early July and lasts until late September. The worst of it, or best depending on your point of view, is August when floodwaters wash away roads and people’s yards. Continue reading »

Sunset

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Sunset over the Goldfield Mountains

Sunset.

Last night I explored the grounds of the Superstition Mountain Museum after hours. My intention was to capture the sunset, then later the Strawberry Moon as it rose over the Superstitions.

To be honest, I have seen more spectacular sunsets. Any sunset I see is good, it means I survived another day. It means I am not in jail. It means I can expect to see another sunrise. Continue reading »

Potpourri

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Lost Dutchman heading towards the Superstitions

Only mad dogs and Englishmen…
“But, it’s a dry heat.” So is my oven, tell that to the pot roast!

The temperatures are hovering around 110º F (43ºC).  There is a stiff breeze.  The sky is cloudless, not even a stray wisp of cirrus. What better excuse to take a short hike in the mountains? Continue reading »

Summertime

cactus blossomSummertime is here, in force! It took a while to warm up, but 100º days are just around the corner. The cactus are in full blossom.

Yesterday, we spent the afternoon at Mike Henderson’s. He lives in a gated community with swimming pools. We had one pool to ourselves – the place is empty since the snowbirds have flocked home.

We drank gin and tonics and ate bratwursts. I go a sun burn – the first one since I have been in Arizona. Of course, this is the first time I have spent an afternoon in a pool.

A Day at the Races

dog racesGovernor Ducey signed into law legislation banning dog racing in Arizona. The law was inevitable, as these dogs are often mistreated, and it is cruel and inhumane. That said, Liz and I attended a dog race at Captain’s Lounge in Apache Junction.

dog races 3Okay, so this wasn’t real dog racing. It was Chihuahua racing – and the proceeds benefited our own Paws and Claws animal shelter. We have had dealings with Paws and Claws, and they are a first rate organization. Their primary goal is to adopt out animals, not euthanize. Euthanisation is a last resort, with many of the volunteers adopting the unadoptable. Continue reading »

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