Monday, April 12, 2010


WATCH THE WORLD REVOLVE AROUND IT I found myself here--40 miles from anywhere--between Blythe, CA and Phoenix, Az--a bit sleepy--picked this spot at random to exit and camp for the night.
Hovatter rd---I'm confident there's a fine spot to sleep here.
I drive south across this canal. Recognize it? It is the CAP (Central Arizona Project) canal bringing Colorado River water to Phoenix and Tucson. Both cities would be crippled without it. Imagine clean, cold, snow-melt water flowing at about 4 mph to thirsty folks deep in the desert. I think this project cost a billion dollars to build decades ago.
Perhaps a quarter mile away--settled cozily in for the night---enjoyed it so much I stayed two nights.
Next morning from a nearby hill I see two campers--more adventurous than I settled miles out in this pristine desert. Can you see them just to the right of center. Considered visiting them.
Bicycled a bit--sat down to read-----AND THEN---AND THEN.
Heard this heliocopter sputtering--certainly in trouble--got my camera and hurried to its landing at a bare spot near the interstate.
It settled down unharmed and its occupants scrambled over it looking for the problem.
In 15 minutes its twin showed up--landing on the roadway----And then I understood the urgency. A man's life is hanging in the balance. Cop car appeared from nowhere protecting it from traffic.
In 3 minutes flat the patient was gently carried to the second copter. He was alive--I saw him move.
And flown away in a flash. A repair truck showed up within the hour and fixed the ailing copter and away it flew---they waved a friendly goodbye to this impromptu reporter.
Suddenly realized I'm camped at a low mountain pass----and water does not run uphill--so how is it getting from the valley below up here (at least a hundred feet higher)----bicycled and hiked to get this view of the lift zone. Of course! Its pumped up here and sent cruising on its merry way across the next valley. (wonder how many times it must be lifted in its full course to Tucson and if it's expensive to lift water) That building, roof just visible, houses the pumping station.
RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES: It seems the world revolves around me---and of course it does---and around you. Which is another way of saying that anyplace is interesting----and what it takes to make this--or any--spot LIGHT UP with fascination is to simply begin to NOTICE----cast my attention about in a curious and focused way---like Superman's x-ray vision. I read once that anyone can NOTICE their way to enlightment. ( in the instant of attention we are in the present ) Certainly I've learned to notice my way to INTERESTING. Here are a few other things I noticed in my 2 night stay here:
1. Noticed a bee crawling on the ground--unable to fly--remembered reading that they sometimes just run out of fuel--that they need sugar---SOOO---I offered her a teaspoon of sugar water--to my astonishment, she drank. (probosis came out like a straw and sucked in several draughts) then she fussed around about a minute, gathering herself together it seemed and then--FLEW AWAY--to my delight.
2. Noticed a large freshly fallen Saguaro cactus and reflected that it will live on for several more years just lying here. What if people faded this gradually into oblivion--then I realized that in fact many of us do.
3. Noticed that this is a super good year for the desert---heavy rains--lots of beautiful grass--apparantly the seeds just waited out the last 5 years of drought.
Bottom line: Any spot cooperates with me to light up my brain.


Dixxe's Doodles said...

I feel that most of the time we people take life way too seriously....its in those moments when we are simply looking around that we see so much...we are open to more in the Moment and as an observer-

Rick Brentlinger said...


Have you any ideas about where we could locate a modern version of Ayn Rand's Galt's Gulch?

Is such a place possible in the USA or would we need to move to Limon, Costa Rica or elsewhere?

The socialist paradise the Obamacrats are building prompts me to consider alternative living arrangements.

As Margaret Thatcher said:

"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."

Randy said...

Ms Doodles: You're so right! An old Quaker song jumped into my head:"what is this life if full of care we take no time to stand and stare-----no time to stand beneath the boughs and stare as long as sheep or cows."

Rick: Yes, there are such places like Galts Gulch---I've been there. It's Landers, Ca, about 34 miles east of Victorville on hwys 18 and 247. Mavericks and eccentrics and extreme liberty-seeking folks make their way to this Deep desert and live their lives---gathering nightly, when they feel like it in the Local Moose lodge. (I stayed a week there.)

Randy said...

Rick: I forgot to tell you, I am an Obamacrat--I believe that extreme greed will not lead to prosperity but bubbles, fraud, pyramids of wealth, extreme poverty and eventually revolution--I remind you that during the French one, the greedy,aristocratic, sons o bitches were dragged from their castles and beheaded. There is a middle ground between 1. EVERY ONE FOR THEMSELVES, LAISSEZ-FAIRE, LIBERTARIAN, CAPITALISM AND 2. WE ARE ALL IN IT TOGETHER--SOCIALISM. (BOTH THESE EXTREMES WILL WRECK A SOCIETY) Obama, I think, Is groping for the middle ground.

oldman said...

Hi Randy:

I enjoyed viewing your MK site. I to am an Obamacrat that thinks the middle road is the only good future for all of us. Keep up your great adventure that we timid souls can participate from a distance.