Where the Wind Blows
Welcome everyone... back in the saddle here again after a great vacation and looking around in the south. Hard to believe the temperature change and to think I was going to wear my cutoffs back to Alberta. Must have lost my mind in the heat. All in all it was a great trip and got lots of sightseeing in and met some very interesting people.
I did have a run in with an ugly Yucca Cactus while on a mountain scramble in the Santa Catilina Mountains. Just a scrape but a reminder danger lurks close at hand or in this case bare legs.
So welcome to the Fireside and get ready we are expecting snow again today. Dress warm if you are thinking of coming over. The fire is burning and lets get settle in and see where this takes us today. Help yourself to the goodies and hot and cold drinks. A new brand is on the table Diet Coke for those of you who want some. I hear it is a popular drink I better try some instead of all this coffee I drink.
Sunsets and Sunrises
They are special no matter where the winds blows you but in Arizona they are spectacular. Be ready with the camera as they are there but for a moment then gone. Within minutes you are staring up into a crystal clear sky looking at the stars.
I might note here as well be sure and wear a hat... the colour you see is a comparison to my once white face after a day scrambling without a hat. Remember the sunblock as well. I'm lucky though after only a few days I start to tan and tan well. Just be aware. I think my head was a solar panel for a few days.
I found people to be the most interesting to talk too when I found the time to be around anyone for any length of time. Even the locals took great interest in sharing their stories as to what brought them. The service industry needs a special word of thanks for the knowledge of the area and the great Mexican delights I savoured the entire time I was there. Tucson is steeped in history and they are proud to share it with anyone.
I must have taken pictures of nearly every cactus in the State so I have been told. Fascinating as they are I think of the years of hardship they have gone through to reach the size of this guy. Of course as you can see it has a sheltered life now and get's a regular supply of water through an irrigation drip system but very impressive indeed.
I want to do some research into the life of these fellows and will write a hub in regards to what it takes to become a giant like this. There are many who depend on nature and some manage to grow this big on their own. I guess I just missed the flowering season for most of them. I would love to see that someday.
It is sad to see them slowly die and leave nothing but a skeleton behind. Very interesting structure inside from what I was able to see laying on the ground. They need a framework capable or holding up the massive weight the develop. Some as high as tons I was told.
I recall while I knelt to take this picture of the strength and courage this plant has taken to mature to this size. So delicate and yet so strong. It's beauty is profound and it has a savage sting should you touch it.
We are the same in many ways. I mean delicate and yet we can be savage when another lashes out and attacks us or those whom we love. The wind blows us all in many different directions and yet we are all driven by the same wind we call love. Take the time today to reach out to someone and tell them just how much you appreciate them. Have no fear to tell them of their many qualities and why you truly value having them in your life. It is not by chance we find each other crossing paths.
The simple words of caring and love you offer will come back to you many times over. Life is too short to live it in pain and anger. Reach out today and love and be loved at the same time. Know that you who gather here at the Fireside are loved and cared for deeply.... stay as long as you like the roads are bad right now so why not pull up close to the fire and cover yourself with a blanket and rest.
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