Friday, April 5, 2013

Where's the Road?

We did a little bit of boon-docking (four wheeling) at Anza Borrego Desert Park. As you can see the geography is barren and devoid of plant and animal life. Like a mini Badlands of South Dakota. When I was younger I did some boon-docking. Brought back some good memories. The road (barley a trail) basically followed the gully up into the some times very narrow canyon. Very little evidence of early human habitation. Didn't find any ancient seashells, did find some rocks that may have some fossils. Thinking about the future maybe some day I'll challenge one of the grand children to crack open the rocks to find a buried treasure.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

Affordable Care Act (ACA) some of what I see

March first my health insurance premium went up 400%. That is outrageous! My premium was fairly low by comparison. I can still afford my health insurance. Everybody I talk to, same story, the health insurance has gone up. Where will it end? Overall I feel very fortunate that I have insurance coverage.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

A Tree Limb Took Out Two Solar Panels

Last wk. a tree limb took out two solar panels at my tree house in Costa Rica. What a bummer. Will have to get it fixed. This is the only source of electricity for the cabin. Took care of financial transactions this am. What would I do without Internet?Maybe life would be simpler.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Grand Canyon Update

Visiting the Canyon is a must! Don't stay too long, you may take it for granted. The colors are spectacular at beginning and end of day. To get more perceptive take a day hike on the South Kiabab Trail. We were there two full days, and of course we could have stayed longer. We experienced hiking the rim (south), sunrise, sunset and a hike down into the canyon. There are museums to see and if you want to camp take a mule ride to the bottom and camp over night. We stayed just outside the Nat'l Park with many amenities at the Best Western. If you choose to stay in the park you can camp or stay in rustic accommodations that have been there for many years. It is hard to believe that the combination of geology, geography, water and time have shaped such a wonder. The present day amount of water going through the canyon is just a trickle compared to days of old. Now the water is put to use generating power and supplying water to millions. A lot of hard work and a great deal of politics created the present day system.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Grand Canyon

Once I get here I can relax and enjoy. Learning about this "Wonder of the World" is an awesome experience with another world traveler. It's great to learn from my daughter on how to maximize the benefit of travel. The weather is cold, we are enjoying the canyon this time of year. Low season has its benefits. I can only imagine what it's like in high season. We did the fly drive combination, I'm very impressed with the Ford Focus for the drive portion. Solid car good fuel mileage. The colors of the canyon are amazing. I was here as a kid. Was at Mesa Verde as a kid also, think I'll hold on to that memory and not return. Much more appreciated today. Have another day to go for a hike in the canyon. Awesome day!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Another day trip to Anza Borrego Desert Park

Today I was able to go back to Anza Borrego Desert Park. Further investigation was necessary of the native campsite that I had mentioned in a previous post. A fire cleared the thick brush in the area to expose more artifacts. We found some artifacts; a shard of bone that had been tooled, chips of pottery, materos, however no pestals. Of course the area has been picked over for many years. On the way home we saw a herd of Borrego mountain sheep. Like the Bighorn, a little smaller.