Burt's Visit to Arizona January 2008

After the hike to Miller Peak I could hardly walk but the sight at left faced me at 11:50AM, it was an approaching thunderstorm, it is NOT fog, it is heavy rain (my sister says it rains once a month. It rained three times in three days). The picture at right is 12 noon.

Taken from my sister's house

Taken from my sister's house

The next day I revived enough to travel to Nogales, Mexico. This is a border patrol road block in Arizona intended to catch Mexicans. It is a mobile roadblock so any illegal would be snared. Not.

In Mexico you must barter. Generally the Mexicans offer twice what is worth. The above are items you buy to honor your dead relative occupations. Above you see musicans, shomakers, computer operators, singers etc.

In Mexico, me and my metal pig. The guy wanted $65, I offered $20. He kept coming down in price. Finally I left. Five minutes later he was running down the street with the pig and said he would take $20.

If you want to pee in Mexico it will cost you 50 cents. I would have taken a picture inside but you would have puked.

On the way back we stopped in Patagonia, Arizona a strange town, see the "Velvet Elvis" above.

I finally took an easy hiking day and hiked a mile to a cave. Good thing I brought a flashlight but a string would have been handy. It was a day of gale force winds, so much so that my sister's heavy glass table weighed down wih concrete blew over.

Here we go again, another rainbow DURING the wind storm. See the elementary school, the little kids had to be re-directed away from the entrance as they were being blown over by the wind tunnel effect. The way it rains in Arizona is if it is raining where you are it tends to stay raining, drive 5 miles and it is not raining there.

Taking another hike near Ramsey Canyon. Yet another rainbow. The blimp in the distance is normally up looking for illegals but the winds keep it from launching this day.

You cannot see it in this picture but I was actually able to see the bottom of the rainbow, there was no pot of gold.

Photo by Ham Radio operator AB7E


I hiked 6 miles round trip with a hiking group to the Clanton Ranch made famous by the fight at the OK Corral participating were Wyatt Earp, Morgan Earp, Virgil Earp, and Doc Holliday fought Frank McLaury, Tom McLaury, Billy Claiborne, Ike Clanton, and Billy Clanton. Ike Clanton and Billy Claiborne (who later claimed that he had been unarmed, though some reports credit him with shooting one or more times) ran away from the fight, unharmed. Both McLaurys and Billy Clanton were killed; Morgan Earp, Virgil Earp, and Doc Holliday were wounded.


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