Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Saturday, July 28, 2018
For miles along the desolate unpaved road, clusters of ruins lie here and there in the sand and desert scrub like this one at Elfrida. The ruins are the result of a mining boom at the turn of the 20th century and the bust that followed beginning after World War I.
The jail has two cells, adobe walls 10 inches thick and reinforced with rebar, iron doors, and six tiny high windows for ventilation. I don't see how the prisoners weren't cooked in there on a hot summer day like the one I stood outside in the relentless sun taking photos!
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Wupatki means "tall house" in the Hopi language and these were the ruins (right) of the tall house, 100 rooms and a large community room. Archeologists have determined that about 2000 people lived in this area during 1100-1250. Articles of trade found include turquoise, copper bells, shell jewelry, and even parrots from as far away as the Pacific and Gulf coasts.
Saturday, July 14, 2018
We had a twenty mile hike today. It lasted all day. We climbed two mts. It was sandy and rocky going and my shoes are really cut up from all the sharp rocks. We dug three gun positions in 120 degree heat and last night we were all about dead. I shoveled enough dirt to last me the rest of my life as far as I am concerned.
At [the next] place we dug in and stayed about 16 hrs. We dug from 11:00 at night till about 6:00 the next morning and took turns sleeping and digging the next day. There was a lot of rock or shale and we had to use picks and that’s what took so long.
Man it’s so hot I can’t see how we stand it. You leave water set out for a few minutes and it’s hot enough to wash dishes in it."
And not even a fan to move that hot air around!
Thursday, July 12, 2018
The men who built the railroad were nicknamed "Gandy dancers" from the Gandy brand of tools they wielded and the rhythmic chants they used to
And the main event! L to R, brother of bride, groom Spencer, bride Alexis, bride's mother, bride's father - The Writer's brother. It was a beautiful wedding, outdoors in a flower garden following a rain shower that cooled everything off.