Thursday, December 01, 2016

We headed north to Payson on Monday. As we neared town, the first ominous sign. Vehicles with snow on their roofs. It started snowing once we reached town. It didn't look so bad as we headed out, but by the time we got to the project area, we could see snow covering most of the ground. It is impossible to survey for sites when there is snow everywhere.

Snow and fog.

Back to the hotel, where I watched Goonies and Tremors and went to the Mexican restaurant and had a gross meal. 

The next morning we headed back out. It sure was pretty.

Snowy trees.

But still a lot of snow everywhere and again impossible to see the ground.

The beard helps keep me warm.

To the north is the Mogollon Rim. And it really was lovely.

Mogollon Rim.

Back to the hotel, and then back to Tucson. We return on Monday to see if we can continue the survey.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

I traveled south to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico to visit with Josselo. He picked me up on the American side, which was good because I would have gotten lost in the narrow, windy streets and probably had several accidents because traffic is pretty crazy. We had pizza for supper and later went for drinks at an upscale hotel.

Jose's drink.

This morning Jose took me to breakfast. Dining in Nogales is difficult as a vegetarian because of the presence of lard in many things. I had some pancakes and a veggie omelet.

Jose is having a chorizo omelet.

The streets of old Nogales are lined with little shops and businesses, the buildings are mainly homemade, very different than what you see in Tucson.

Nogales street.

After 9/11, an enormous wall was built between Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora. It is disgusting to see.

Fucking evil wall.

We passed two families meeting at the wall, people on each side, having lunch but separated by the fucking vile wall. 

People meeting, separated by the wall.

This is the bullshit that president-elect dipshit wants to build across the southern border.I'm sure that he will figure out some way to get richer if it gets built. 

I used to loathe the second George Bush. The feelings I have toward president pussy grabbing dipshit are pretty remarkable and depressing. What a hateful piece of shit.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

It is Thanksgiving Eve and I just took a shower after spending the day in the woods north of Payson and the drive back.

Thanksgiving is my least favorite holiday. A celebration of turkey, for a vegetarian not much fun.

I am going to the store soon to buy some potatoes, celery, and onions. I'm going to make some mashed potatoes and veggie stuffing. I wasn't invited to anybody's house, so I guess I will think of things to do to keep me busy.

One thing I'll be doing is making a fruitcake from scratch. The fruit and nuts are busy soaking in apricot brandy.

Monday, November 21, 2016

A week spent in Payson walking through the mountains looking for sites. I actually found two sites and two points.

Not much wildlife- saw some rabbits and squirrels. A lot more cacti than up in Alpine.

Pincushion cactus.

Also, more agave.


I try to avoid the news because it is just awful to hear things about president-elect Temper Tantrum.

Maintaining my sanity.

I put up the red and silver fake trees, and went to Goodwill and found a messy flocked tree for the living room. Decorating kept my mind off things.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

I voted for Hillary Clinton. I thought she would make a fine president. I have never understood the hatred that many people feel for her. I'm guessing a lot of it has to do with not wanting a woman in power. A lot of it is the fake controversies ginned up by Limbaugh, Fox News, and other far right sources.

Well big surprise. She lost the electoral college (apparently won the popular vote though). And so now we have President Donald Trump. Holy shit.

Exactly how does this happen. My best guess, lots of angry white people who do not like that non-white folks, LGBT people, immigrants, and feminists are achieving equity. Many are probably afraid of being treated like they treated minorities.

White people have controlled the United States since 1776. Obama was our first non-white President, and the racists came out into the open. Here in Arizona, being openly racist against Mexicans gets you elected. One of the chief racists of the last eight years was Donald Trump. And now he is the president.

The thing I fear most is that Donald Trump will have access to the nuclear codes and will have some stupid temper tantrum and decide to drop a nuclear bomb on some place. There are a zillion other concerns, but that one seems most acute. Make America Great Again by starting World War III.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

All Souls 2016. I put up my altar. 2016 has been an awful year of people dying.

I made gingerbread and sugar cookies and Josselo and Patrick came to help decorate. The frosting mixture wasn't the best (too thick).


Patrick did the best decorating. It was Josselo's first time decorating cookies.

For my cocktail party I made baklava, spinakopita, hummous, and a chocolate cemetery cake. Josselo made pico de gallo salsa, his mother's recipe.

Cemetery cake.

Josselo did my makeup and I did his. Then I did the makeup of probably 8 or 10 other people. I was busy drinking gin and tonics and got a little drunk.

Josselo and Homer.

Robert and Ray's friend Christopher has makeup artist skills, and I asked him to do Erika's.
Christopher works on Erika.

He did an awesome job.


Wally came down from Phoenix. I first met Wally in 1987 at Fort Union. It was his first Procession.


We walked down to the Procession and watched for a while. I was glad to come home and climb into bed. 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Party 2016.

Patriotic Redneck Homer. And Mrs. Clinton fresh out of the shower.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

28 Days Later. I was in the field up in Alpine, Arizona for 28 field/driving days. Four separate sessions. I haven't been away this long since 1996. Poor Puff missed me terribly.

Saw lots of horny toads (which are actually horned lizards). The adult ones were easy to catch and liked to hang out, appreciating the warmth of my body.

Adult horned lizard.

The baby horned lizards scooted around fast. They were so cute.

Baby horned lizard.

One day Connie spotted a tree frog. So brightly colored!

Click on picture to see it better.

We stayed in a cabin and a double wide. As the days got shorter, the sunrises got better.

Sunrise in Nutrioso.

While we were up north the aspen and oak leaves changed color.

Connie walks past an aspen grove.

Aspen groves were a nightmare to walk through. Many of the trees have fallen down, and you had to climb over and around piles of dead and dying aspens.


The smell of the leaves reminded me of my grandmother's house in Traverse City. She had three enormous cottonwood trees.

And yet another pretty picture.

Our two crews found over 40 sites. During the last session, the other crew found some small pueblos. Our crew went over to look at them (we had been finding small flaked stone scatters). One of the pueblos had interesting corregated pottery.

Corregated pottery.

On the last day of the project I finally found a spear point.

Chalcedony point, the base is broken off.

We went to relocate some previously found sites, and while there I found a second point.

Obsidian point, very thin.

 The best past of the last session was seeing herds of elk. Many hang out in the Alpine Valley, safe from the nasty hunters because of firearm restrictions there.


Back in Tucson for a while, before heading north for a new project.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

On the survey in the meadows and forests of the Apache National Forest, an abundance of wildflowers. I was surprised at the number and diversity. I took lots of pictures, and tried to identify them in guide books (which I mostly failed at). So anyways, here are just some of the wildflowers I have seen over the last month. I'm guessing that some of the IDs are wrong.

Wild Blue Flax.

 Bird-bill dayflower, Commelina dianthfolia.

Tansyleaf Aster. Machaeranthera tanacetifolia



Bull Thistle.

Scarlet gilia. Ipomopsis aggregata.

Nodding Onion.

New Mexico checkermallow.

Swamp roses.

Baby Aster

Hooker's Thistle.


Common Mullein.


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