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Just some of the places I’ve seen since my last post.  Been spending most of my time in New Mexico and Arizona for work.  Did go back to Kansas during the solar eclipse, to get my stuff out of storage and bring it to the new house.  Been busy — earlier this month I had 47 hours of overtime during a two-week period.  Is it any wonder I haven’t posted anything lately?

 

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Some of the places I’ve seen during the last three weeks:  (left to right, top to bottom)

San Diego, El Malpais National Monument, The Kirk Douglas Room at El Rancho Motel in Gallup, old Buckhorn Baths Motel near home, Yuma Territorial Prison, San Xavier Mission,  and Bonneville Salt Flats.

I’ve been to other places too, but didn’t really have opportunities to take pictures.  If I hadn’t taken this job, I’d be missing out on a lot of new sights.

I love my job.

AZ Tuba City (5)

So this week, I worked in Monument Valley, Utah for a couple of days, after spending the 4th at home.  That’s one long drive.  Back in my Kansas City-based tech days, a drive longer than four or five hours was almost unheard of.  But now that I’m based in Phoenix, long six or seven hour drives to northern Arizona will be the norm.  That’s all right with me — I love driving.  Especially in this part of the country, as I’ve said before.

Today, driving home, I stopped by Navajo National Monument to see some cliff dwelling ruins I missed last year when on vacation.  Then, I’d taken a side trail and about died from the heat and low blood sugar on the way back.  I didn’t feel much like hiking down another trail that day.  But today was fine.

I’ve recently been thinking about why I like this part of the country and why my pictures usually don’t feature people and how the two might be related.  I think they are a reflections of my life.  The land has people, but not that many.  I take pictures of the bare and empty land.  If there’s a person, it’s usually by accident.  I purposefully crop them out of photos.  People are in my life, but they’re on the edge because I also crop them out.  I’m usually happy by myself.

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I say I usually like being alone, but I also like being with old friends.  Today I shared a meal with a friend I hadn’t seen in about 30 years.  It was nice catching up on her life since we spent a sunny afternoon with my ex-wife hiking up Diamond Head Crater, on Oahu.  Arizona is about as different from Hawaii as you can get — I find it interesting how we’ve both ended up here, taking different paths in life.

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This was my friend and I in 1984.  She’s the sister of my best friend in college.  She and two friends came up to Iowa State from Missouri for this dance.  It was a lot of fun!

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When I was a Kansas City-based field technician, I had to work on holidays if they fell during my work rotations.  I would normally be working tomorrow, but now that I’m a regional technician, I’m expected to stay home instead.  This feels weird.  I keep thinking I need to be somewhere in the morning.  I wonder if I’ll be able to relax enough to sleep in past 6am?

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The Catholic Church in Ajo, AZ

I spent last week in northern Arizona on the Hopi reservation.  This week I drove around the southern part of the state.  Started the week in Phoenix, then Ajo, then Casa Grande, back to Ajo, then Tucson.  The week provided me with a few surprises, like the mountainous terrain on the Barry Goldwater Air Force Range, that there was even a bombing range out there, the picturesque plaza in Ajo, how green the Sonoran desert was, Kitt Peak National Observatory was just west of Tucson, and Tucson had more western-themed tourist attractions other than Old Tucson.  I took pictures!

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Sign at a rest stop on the Barry Goldwater Air Force Ran

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Trail Dust Town, in Tucson