Thursday, May 27, 2010

NICE DAY & SOME MEXICAN BORDER MEMORIES

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POOR MAMA GOOSE....NO BABY GOOSES THIS YEAR:((

Another cooker today but when you don't have to be outside working in the heat it's not too bad.  Nice mobility van run to London & back this morning in air conditioned comfort.  A big plus from the days many years ago when I might have been out in the back of some new housing sub division on my hands & knees in the dirt laying new sod for hours & hours in the heat.  Yep, did that for awhile in Kitchener Ontario back in the late 60's.

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OUR LITTLE 'MOUSE'

I have read in the RV NET FORUMS from time to time about RV'ers having their rigs towing assemblies tampered with by kids while they have been away from their rigs or even around the other side gassing up.  I always make it a point to especially check our tow pins whenever we have made a stop somewhere.  Kids have been known to pull them out &  bicycles have been stolen right off the back of some rigs at fuel stops.  Came across a blog last night that ran into what could have been a very dangerous situation when they stopped at a Flying J for diesel fuel.   Check out R SANITY RV ADVENTURES

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ALONG THE FOREST FLOOR

While ranch sitting near McNeal Arizona last winter I noticed they had a small photo group meeting every Monday afternoon over in the little town of Elfrida so I threw my cameras in the car & wandered on over.  Met some great folks over the next couple of months before departing the area & heading further west.  Ray, (RAY'S QCC BLOG) from the group still sends me updates & keeps me in the loop as to what the group is up to & what photo shoots they are out on.   He has just put a BLOG SITE together for the group & you can find photos of their last shoot in the rough & tumbly down town of Naco Arizona on the Mexican border.   Kelly & I were in Naco this past January & here is my BLOG & PHOTOS from that day....complete with a bullet hole in a downtown window!!

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MAIN STREET NACO ARIZONA....THE MEXICAN BORDER IS DEAD AHEAD!!

We are sometimes asked if we feel threatened at any time while near the border in the Southwest & my answer to that is...no!!  I would feel much safer there by the Mexican border than I would in most large cities I have been too in Canada or the States.  We only had one incident & that was when we crossed into Mexico one time south of Why, Arizona at Lukeville.  You can read about our little scrape here...SONOYTA 

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LOOKING DEEP INTO THE HEART OF MEXICO FROM ATOP CORONADO PEAK SOUTH OF SIERRA VISTA, ARIZONA

For the most part it is life as usual just as it is here.  It's when something happens along the border & the media gets a hold of it that makes things seem much worse than they sometimes really are.  We have met many locals in the last couple of years & they all seem less concerned with the problems than people living far to the north.  We have seen people in the desert & we have found pieces of clothing, back packs, etc.  We have heard the ambulances wailing by in the cold nights heading out into the desert to pick up people in distress & we have been buzzed by border patrol helicopters. 

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WHENEVER WE HEAR A BORDER PATROL CHOPPER COMING OVER THE RIDGE WE  JUST STAND VERY STILL & PRETEND WE ARE JUST A COUPLE OF SAGUARO CACTUS SHADOWS IN THE DESERT

We have seen the bright yellow flares floating out of the night sky lighting the ground below & one morning we came across about a dozen Mexican folks sitting in single file along a ditch with 2 border patrol guys standing over them.  The group looked to be handcuffed, weary, & worn.  Unfortunately it is the way of life along the border & would we ever consider not going there because of those problems.  No, not a chance.  The American southwest is too special a place not to go & besides, it is just another great chapter in the exciting saga of the daily liveliness & charm of the old wild west..................................:))

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THERE'S KELLY CRAWLING UNDER THE BORDER WIRE INTO MEXICO EAST OF DOUGLAS ARIZONA - 'ADIOS KELLY'- OH OH SHE'S HEADING BACK TO THE CAR....DIDN'T FIND ANY BARGOOOONS IN THE DESERT I GUESS!!

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MORNING PHLOX

GROANER'S CORNER:((  I don't know why I consider myself over the hill when I don't even remember ever getting to the top.

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8 comments:

Gypsy said...

I think I would like to make a short trip into Mexico one of these days, but probably never will. I don't like the desert well enough to stay in it long enough to get to Mexico!

Ray in Gleeson said...

Thank you Al for the comments about the group. We were within a "goat's hair" of closing the group due to lack of members. It seems when you came into our group, the sparks of life were rekindled. We now have 8-10 active members making meetings and shoots. Overall we have 12 members which is a good size for our group. The library doesn't have very many chairs....

Some pictures posted, mine and Jean's are in "work" and a few other members should send their selected photos to me shortly. I didn't want to wait until I have everyone's pictures (I will in the future) to start posting to the site. We always loved your pictures and the group learner a lot from you.

Judy and Emma said...

Nice shot of the "mouse." Have those geese ever been successful with raising a brood?

Rick and Paulette said...

While I don't think we would ever venture down into Mexico with a vehicle, we've never felt at all threatened while down near the border with Mexico.

Great pics of those vintage cars from the 50's. I can still remember those big old fins on those things!!

Jerry and Suzy said...

As always, we love your pictures. Great one of Mama Goose.

We have wanted to join the Photo Group some day, but with all that is going on, Elfrida seems a very long way to go. We sure enjoyed meeting a few of the group members at their show in the garden!

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Thanks for mentioning our blog in your post, you made my hit counter jump big time!

Keep up the good work, your photos are amazing! :c)

Happytrails said...

We have not been to the southwest yet but look forward to the day when we can explore this amazing area.
Beautiful pics....as usual.

Take care,
Mike & Gerri(happytrails)
http://freedom2roll.blogspot.com

Happytrails said...

We have not been to the southwest yet but look forward to the day when we can explore this amazing area.
Beautiful pics....as usual.

Take care,
Mike & Gerri(happytrails)
http://freedom2roll.blogspot.com

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