Fire Cloud...
An irregular marking on the exterior of Native American pottery: usually resulting from burning fuel coming in direct contact with the vessel during firing

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Death Valley

Calendar Nominations

I was leafing though the photo albums, looking for something special for the 2010 Firecloud Calendar.

When I got to the Death Valley stuff, I realized that at least one might rate the June cover page.

We drove though last June on the way to the California Redwoods,


The RV dash air-conditioner was kaput again, but the midday temperatures of 110 degrees did not bother us.
We saw some Chevy Volts out on a desert test drive. Actually, they were "mules" with the volt drive train in a Cavalier body.

The Death Valley National Park is a strange and oddly lovely place.

No Zombies here.

It's a worthless, blasted place except for the Borax.

Still, it has it's own strange beauty.

I drove 200 miles to see Mom today. We walked about two miles in a park and then had lunch at Chili's. We had tortillas soup and half a turkey sandwich. I ordered a margarita and they brought me two in accordance with their 24/7 happy hour policy.

גַּ֤ם כִּֽי־אֵלֵ֨ךְ בְּגֵ֪יא צַלְמָ֡וֶת לֹא־אִ֘ירָ֤א רָ֗ע כִּי־אַתָּ֥ה עִמָּדִ֑י שִׁבְטְךָ֥ וּ֝מִשְׁעַנְתֶּ֗ךָ הֵ֣מָּה יְנַֽחֲמֻֽנִי׃

Someone had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.



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