Thursday, April 19, 2007

Back to the Desert

I am getting ready for a trip to the desert; a backpacking trip. The last real backpacking trip I made was in the spring when I was 20 or so to Cloud's Rest in Yosemite. I might even be as strong as I was then, although a lot less likely to make that hike.

This is a Banded Gila Monster, (Heloderma suspectum cinctum) in Bluff Springs Canyon, Superstition Wilderness. August 6th, 2006.


John awarded me this:

because I offered him a choice between beer and food, which he clearly decided was thought provoking. Then he immediately used up some choices for tagging granting this wonderful award. Folks like Jill and Joanne, good thinking bloggers, very deserving of such prizes. A nice guy. I am proud to be in such good company.

I have previously declared myself immune to tagging, but apparently unilateral decisions like that don't necessarily work. In my acceptance speech, I'll say something nice about him.

Five people who have made me think ... recently. Dillon, who leaves me fascinated that he can be so objective about such a polemic subject. Paul, for reminding me of Phoenix's darker side. BirdChick, when I was young the Whooping Cranes fascinated me. Lauren who has left me wondering about poop habits or poo, more than once ... And Marscat, whose story I can't wait to finish. Thinking Blogger Awards to each of you.

The rules:

1. If, and only if, you got tagged an award, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think.
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the irritant award.
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote.


lauren said...

uh oh. i don't know about this.

my husband was just telling me that lately i post like i have A.D.D.

Joann said...

Take care on your hike. How long will you be away?

shawnkielty said...

nah -- although it may sound like you have A.D.D it doesn't look like it. A.D.D can only really be diagnosed by school teachers any way, because doctors have a hard time making a good case for it. They can still give the kids drugs though (it must be possible to make a good case for that).

My trip is short, Joann, and it's happening soon, but under most circumstances I try to hide my abscence through obscurity, so as to try to prevent anyone knowing exactly when I'll be gone.

Since I now live in a building with some security -- I am a little less freaky than I was. I was supposed to be there now, but due my job, I have had to push it back a bit.

You'll see the pictures just as soon as I have them.

Eclectchick said...

LOVE the pic.