Arid desert alive and well

Years ago I used to listen to my favorite sports team live from Arizona. I heard all the fans cheering on their team and I thought I can’t image that many people down there j the desert. I thought how and why would they live there. It had to be hot, dry and awful in that arid climate without water.

Now after living here for over 20 years, I’ve learned to appreciate the desert. We may be in the middle of a 20-year drought but lately, we’ve been blessed with an unusual amount of rainfall. The desert has plenty of greenery, the only downside being we‘re going to have a bumper crop of tumbleweeds this summer. It’s amazing how those sagebrush grow every year and uproot travel with the wind coming to rest in a fence and sometimes the grille of your vehicle.

Every year people migrate to the southwest, some for vacation, like the snowbirds that are everywhere now. Others are told to move here in the arid climate for health reasons. Subsequently, the growth has presented new problems with not enough water to support the population. The primary source of water is the mighty Colorado river, its blessings of rainfall that renews our hope for tomorrow.

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The flourishing zebra

We recently took a trip to “Out of Africa” a wildlife park that once was in the metro Phoenix area but moved to a larger facility up in Camp Verde, Arizona. This is the kind of place where you can easily spend an entire day. They have tours on converted buses that visitors can even get up close with a giraffe. They have lions and tigers and bears-oh my and much more to maintain your attention.

On the tour when we came across some zebra they said these particular ones were on a “time out” for misbehavior. I admit I did see two of them start bucking and kicking at one another. But what we soon found out is that the zebra was the one creature that they had an abundance of- even though the zebra is pregnant for over a year. They may have two dozen of the striped creatures (which you discover which color is the stripe on the tour) and all are females except the one king zebra who has his work cut out.

The title of the park is appropriate as these are the typical animals that you’d find on the African Savannah. They have a white rhino, water buffalo, gazelle and even snakes. Anyone interested in snakes will really enjoy the giant snake show. You know that big cats are afraid of water right? Which one is the exception, do you know? The Tiger splash is one of the big attraction of the park. There’s a nice, large shaded sitting area to watch the show.

There are also VIP tours and there’s the Racing raptor zip line both which are exciting upgrades. The proceeds go to take care of the animals so it’s a worthy cause and for the frugal people out there I have exiting news- they have discounts available. No, there’s more during the month of your birthday admission is free! Take advantage before they change their mind. Enjoy the call of the wild.

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Sedona never again-nah

The views the red rocks of Sedona, to say I’d never want to see it again would be a lie. If you’re unable to return is one thing but how can you choose not to see all the awe inspiring scenery again?

For so many of us the trip can be part of a timeshare presentation. Ah yes a captive audience to hear a high pressure sales pitch. If only standard sales were that easy. Nonetheless it`s an uneasy situation enduring a timeshare vacation yet Sedona is so beautiful.

Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon in particular have served as the backdrop for many western movies. It`s just the kind of setting you expect to envision cowboys in. I know I look forward to the next trip not long after returning home.

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Amazing force of nature

Take the jellyfish. It’s beautiful to observe, it moves so slowly and gracefully and it’s unique. The creature is simple, elegant and deadly at the same time. Are they all the same- heavens no some are bigger than a person while others are as small as a pinhead. Jellyfish have been around much longer than mankind they may have been around before the dinosaurs.

There are many different types of jellyfish. There are many different looking ones, different colors and again sizes. They’re  found around the globe where the environment is just right for them. They are part of the circle of life serving as food to sea turtles and larger fish while they consume some very small ones, fish eggs and other things. Not all jellyfish have the tentacles that sting it’s prey with a toxin nor do they swim but merely drift or wander their way around.

They’re actually are a form of plankton. Not a typical one at that but they often travel in swarms or “blooms” as they are called and if you’ve run across them they were probably part of a bloom.

Just looking at this one one would think they were part of the squid family. They’re another wonder of nature that’s as beautiful as the sunset. Carry on my wayward jelly.

This photo was taken at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans

From the beginning after Labor Day

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Refreshing, relaxing mountaintop view.

Breathe it in, the peaceful and wonderfully sweet aromatic, fragrant air you’ll only find in Hawaii. Let the sunshine down on you be it in a dream vacation or experiencing the awe and beauty only found on our fiftieth state. The sights and views are breathtaking and abound so much that you should consider two weeks there instead of one because you’ll miss too much and when will you be back again?

All this is on Oahu the island with Honolulu, the capitol and there’s Pearl harbor with the USS Arizona memorial. The other islands hold even more adventures sure to take your breath away. There are all kinds of tours that cover most all of the island some including a luao party with music, dancing and food.

Sure this all sounds like a plug for a Hawaiian vacation but it’s actually a sample of just one form of writing you come across every day it’s called “copywriting”.