The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Friday, May 29, 2015

My Buddy


He casts a long shadow

and has that aura about him,

nevertheless, the wind is not his friend.



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Seen on the Road


Well, actually they overnighted next to us in a WalMart parking lot.  This is a new company that rents out these RVs in Australia, New Zealand and soon the UK.  So far you can only rent them here in the U.S. out of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas.  For example, if you rent one in Las Vegas for 10 days and return it back in Las Vegas it will cost $68 a night.  
With that paint color scheme it attracts more attention than I would be comfortable with. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day


America will never be destroyed from the outside.  If we falter and lose our freedoms, 
it will be because we destroyed ourselves. - Abraham Lincoln

Never forget those who gave for our freedom.



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dried Mud


Yesterday was sand, today something different.


Only once was I in the desert and witnessed a flash flood. 
That was long long ago, before the age of digital cameras and thus I have no pictures.



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

America the Beautiful


We had just drove in on the road stretching out in the distant background and pulled over at a wide spot on top of the ridge to take in the view, and this is what was there.  I just stood there staring at this wondering what goes on in the minds of people that can deface and trash public lands with such ease and lack of guilt.

Sometimes I really don't give the human race that much longer in this world.

And the world will be a better place, given time to heal from the wounds we've inflicted upon it.

Worse still was that there were two tourists from Germany who had pulled over also for the view and some picture taking.  Very embarrassing.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Desert Sunsets


We are back home for awhile now.  I will miss the beautiful sunsets.

Same scene but a little longer exposure.



Same image but cropped to give that panorama feel.



Monday, May 4, 2015

We're offline...again


Sinbad and I will be away for awhile looking for... 

critters...


 and flowers.

I must remember to pack my cat

so he can keep watch.



Saturday, May 2, 2015

More Flowers in the Desert


A flowering yucca and ocotillo together.

Another ocotillo in bloom.  The blooms are difficult to photograph.

See why?  They are way up there.



Friday, May 1, 2015

Western Bluebird Eggs


We put this nesting box up several years ago and they said it might take a few years before the bluebirds might use it.  Well this year finally, someone moved in and set up a nursery.


I'll not bother it anymore even when (if) I hear baby birds chirping.
It is kind of cramped in there but I guess this is what bluebirds like.
I just wonder how she could pop out four eggs?  She's not that big it seems.
The eggs are about the size of your purple table grapes.  
Notice the head of the Phillips head screw to get an idea.