In the winter of 1985 I was driving through the Mojave Desert with a friend, talking about our apparent need for new river gear. As we passed the Twenty Nine Palms Marine Base, a man unexpectedly appeared on the side of the road selling used ammo cans. My friend and I laughed wildly and quickly came to realize that the moment was "All In A Days' Karma". This blog contains the occasional ramblings of a died-in-the-wool westerner who loves seeing, understanding, and being alive upon these landscapes. I cherish the moments of bliss and irony that come to all of us as we explore the planet and its residents (and perhaps visitors) in the short time we are here.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Demolition of the Navajo Generating Stations Boilers


On March 3, the boilers of the old (now gone) Navajo Generating Station were demolished. It is an exciting this to watch. See it here.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

An Air BNB Place Like No Other

Helen and I do not use Air BNB all that often. But we have had a few opportunities to do so (pre-pandemic). There was the one in Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii that we used for my sisters' wedding in 2017. It looked so wonderful online with a photo of a lotus flower placed on the header. 

The property was advertised along the lines of "Asian couple sharing their abode in paradise....we take our shoes off when entering and ask guests to do the same..." Visions of a cute couple sitting by the TV with the smell of ginger floated through my head. And then we got there, made the phone call, and the guy said "Meet me outside the convenience store on the corner." Huh? 

Turns out his hi-rise building did not allow short term rentals so he had to do this on the sly. He said, "When you go in and out of the building don't talk to the security guard, just walk in like you know what you're doing." Then we went up 22 floors into the rental and saw that it was nothing more than what four college kids would live in. Hollow core doors, locks on each bedroom (yes, it was more than one unit), window blinds all cock-eyed with broken or missing slats, a shared bathroom. Ha! The vision and the reality were polar opposites.

Then there was the "closet" I rented in Manhattan for a wedding I officiated at. Rentals are expensive in Manhattan so I decided to go cheap for three nights. Found a place for $65 a night. It literally was wide enough for one twin bed and room to exit the bed before going out the door. It would have been small serving as a walk-in closet. No windows of course. This one was with the "owner" as the other occupant but he was there only for a moment and perhaps checking in on his other "properties."

My point is, Air BNB can be all over the map with respect to what you get. So when a friend shared this rental with me close to Flagstaff, I thought I have to blog about this!

This looks like a truly unique opportunity to experience a different culture out in an expansive landscape. You can view the rental on Air BNB here. Know that I am not connected in any way to the proprietor or owner of the property. I was merely forwarded this link by a friend and as I have been in many hogans on the Navajo Nation, I know this to be an authentic reproduction of one. I have no knowledge of how the actual experience may go with this particular property. But it does look interesting. 

I think the price could be lower but heck with all of those winter refugees from Colorado headed our way this spring and wealthy Californians visiting the Grand Canyon, this would make a prefect surprise for that perfect spouse. Perfect meaning amenable to surprises not always 5-Star.

I might just check it out myself one day soon! This is the real deal and it looks like it is located well outside of the Cameron metropolitan area. "Please, due to the on-going pandemic, no large parties or gatherings on the grounds, although we have room for millions." 

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Animation of the Motion of Earth's Continents Through One Billion Years

Two screen captures from the animation at 499 Ma and 993 Ma

The New York Times has published an article that highlights the work of geologists relating to plate motions since the breakup of the Rodinian Supercontinent. You can access the article and the fantastic animation here. Also, for the geology geek, here is a link (seemingly without a paywall) to a scientific paper by many of the same authors for plate motions in the Phanerozoic, or last 542 million years.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Learn About Lithium from Roseanne Chambers

 I follow the blog of Dr. Roseanne Chambers, a specialist in the geology of the Andes Mountain in South America. Yesterday, she blogged about the metal lithium, often found in the deposits of playa lakes. Have a look at her posting and learn a bit about lithium. You can read it here.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

New Finds at Pompeii

Excavations at Pompeii near Mt, Vesuvius have revealed the discovery of two corpses that were buried in the pyroclastic flow in AD 79.  The incredible discovery can be read here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

A One Year View of Global CO2 Circulation

This is a pretty cool video rom NASA. It is a three minute video. It looks as if the air circulation is driven by the oceans, which in turn are deflected and arranged around the edges of landmasses. The year modeled is 2006 and the day on the screen capture above is February 24. Watch the video here.

Monday, August 17, 2020

The Piper Demands Payment

It's coming! The Southwest drought that began in 1999 has caused reservoir levels in the Southwest to plummet. Climate change is the cause most likely.

Read the report here