Friday, October 17, 2008
Look inside yourself and ask, what can I do? VOTE.
Also check out this excellent story about woman's sufferage.
There can be no excuses. GET OUT AND VOTE!
You can & will make a difference.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Rainbow of wildflowers
Fall Aspens along the Bridle trail
Sunset from Toroweap
This morning my boss took the Rangers to breakfast at the Grand Canyon Lodge. There are only two of us left, but we were joined by others to celebrate a birthday. Afterwards I turned in my keys and badge which makes the end of season feel very official.
Grand Canyon Lodge
Bright Angel bronze in Lodge
However, I’m not quite out of here yet. I plan to leave Sunday morning and will probably only go as far as Cameron Trading Post & RV Park. (More on that when I get there as I think they offer WIFI.) Then Monday home to Yarnell, via Prescott to have the RV inspected for AZ plates.
Then back to semi-retirement for six months. Ahhh. . . . . Also back to friends, making jewelry, and dial-up. Yea, what’s up with that? Here on the remote North Rim Qwest can provide DSL, but not in Yarnell only about 50 miles NE of Phoenix. How archaic. Does anyone else still have dial-up?
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I gave John some obsidian gathered from the Glass Buttes area of Oregon. John is a knapper, and that doesn’t mean he sleeps a lot. That means he chips flakes off a hard rock to create arrowheads, knife blades or fetishes. He gave me three beautiful arrowheads which I’ll add to my collection.
John sells some of his work at the Kaibab Lodge, which unfortunately will be closing Nov 2nd. But it reopens mid-May when Hwy 67 into the Grand Canyon opens.
Carson & my old RV which I call home at the canyon.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Why are McCain and Palin rallying people to the point of frenzy filled with hate for Obama, amongst others? Do you want a man filled with hate to be your president? It’s just not healthy. If this is the best example McCain can show while campaigning will he be different in office? Can his (lack of) “plan” to solve the current economic upheaval help any of us? He tells us to spend yet wants the government to quite spending.
Take that $750,000,000,000 and divide it amongst “we the people” and then watch the economy soar as we pay our bills to get back on our feet.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Am I the only one who likes an almond mocha breve to start the day? I didn’t drink coffee until my 30s. Believe me, I tried. I’d doctor that black coffee shop tar with half a cup of cream and more and more sugar, but to no avail. It tasted terrible, upset my stomach and gave me the shakes. Then someone introduced me to “lattes,” almond mocha in fact, and I was hooked. Yet spending—at that time--$3 per day on coffee seemed absurd. Of course I did live in Seattle, the coffee drinking capital of America. But even then, it was adding up. So I bought my first espresso machine and ever since it’s become a morning ritual.
I bought my preferred almond flavored syrup at grocery stores or even Starbucks for many years. When I first moved to Arizona it wasn’t always easy to find. But eventually espresso came south. Now all I can find in grocery stores is vanilla and hazelnut, not to my taste. Even Starbucks has discontinued almond, sometimes called “orgeat.” I bought the last bottle in Page over a month ago. Yes, I have found it online. Yet I leave the canyon next week and there’s no time. This is an emergency!
My first stop in Kanab was Laid-Back Larry’s Coffee and Smoothie Desert Bar. I didn’t need to drink any more coffee—once a day is enough—but asked if they sold bottles of the flavored syrups. Only if they have extra, and they did, in my flavor.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I have to go to town, Kanab, UT 80 miles away for dog food, and it’s only suppose to be a high of 54° there today. Yet that’s warmer than our predicted 38°. Guess winter’s on its way.