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Feb 17, 2019 - What's An Arcosanti?

Before leaving on my journey last fall, I Googled things to see in Arizona, and the name Arcosanti popped up. I jotted it down in my notebook (which is a hodge podge of stuff) and promptly forgot about it, only to rediscover it while looking for something else. Its name comes from the term “arcology”. Here is a brief blurb from Wikipedia: “Arcosanti is a projected experimental town with a molten bronze bell casting business in Yavapai County, central Arizona, 70 mi north of Phoenix, at an elevation of 3,732 feet. Its arcology concept was...

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Mar 14, 2016 - Gold and Copper

We visited the Goldfield mining museum in Apache Junction early Monday morning and headed further south through a large Apache Reservation and ended up at Roper Lake State Park. State parks have become our preferred camping places they are very well kept, have very large camp sites and are usually at a natural attraction. In this case the campsite was nestled along a quiet lake and so we had a nice, early morning walk around it. The next day we decide to drive Highway 191 North (Coronado Trail) it too is marked as a scenic road but it is...

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May 16, 2014 - Springerville, AZ

Springerville, AZ Wikipedia Sunrise Ski Park...

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Apr 8, 2014 - What do Contact, Independence Day and Terminator Salvation have in common?

The Very Large Array at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory can be seen in each of the movies. The VLA is a radio astronomy observatory located on the Plains of San Agustin, between the towns of Magdalena and Datil, NM. The observatory consists of 27 independent antennae, each of which has a dish diameter of 82 feet and weighs 230 tons. They are arrayed in a Y shape with each arm about 13 miles long. Each dish can be repositioned using a railroad track and specially designed lifting locomotive ("Hein's Trein"). The VLA is a...

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Jul 26, 2013 - 7/20-26, Saturday-Friday, Not-where-we-expected-to-be, AZ

7/20 - Started this day heading out to Aspen CG, near the town of Heber, AZ. This was to be our R & R site, where we could just set up camp and relax, chill, veg out. We got there to find that the ground in our reserved site was full of large rocks, and it had obviously been raining. They did let us change sites, as there was nowhere at all to pitch a tent, and we had just started to set up camp when it started to rain. We sat in the car for a while and finally came to the obvious conclusion that A) setting up camp in the rain, and B)...

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Apr 26, 2009 - Reconnecting with Old Friends.

As many of you know, William had an internal medicine private practice in northern Arizona from 1994 through 1998 in a small cattle ranching town called Springerville. The practice was called “Health Horizons” and grew to have 8 providers and two locations. He pretty much lived there for the first three years and then returned to Tucson during the last two, commuting to manage the business. This commute was the reason he got his pilot’s license (5 hours to drive, 1 hour to fly). During his time in Springerville, he also ran the ER and...

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Apr 26, 2009 - Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs are drawings on rocks made by the native peoples who inhabited the southwest from around 900 CE to 1400 CE. They are symbols clearly meant to depict events and convey information. They were made by tapping a stone against a flat exposed rock (usually on a cliff face or inside a cave) to produce a divot or etching in the natural patina of the rock. There is much speculation over the meaning of the symbols, but it is clear that they were very important to these people and probably represented a form of communication and perhaps a...

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