I spent the last couple days camping with the guys in Candyce’s family. The camp site is actually John’s property in between Wickenberg and Yarnell, two mountains towns a thousand feet higher than Phoenix. Although we told everyone the goal of the two-day trip was to look for gold with John’s new metal detector, all we really wanted to do was get out of town and go camping.
The little guys panned in the creek and found some gold dust. But the metal detector was missing parts, so it didn’t help much. But it was still fun to explore the mountains.
This is the Jeep that bounced us through the mountains.
I took a nap under this tree.
It was a lot of fun to teach the little guys some things I learned in Boy Scouts. I didn’t go into the trip planning on doing this, but once you’ve been trained in responsible camping, there’s no other way to do it. It’s more fun when you do it right. So we spent 30 minutes moving rocks and twigs before we put up the tent. We collected all of our firewood before dark. We kept a good fire, but kept it small enough so that it didn’t get out of control. This is a very big deal when you are camping in the desert. And once it was time to leave, we stirred water into the coals until there was no smoke. Then we buried it all before we left.
We drove out of the camp on the road you see in the distance.
Me snapping a classic roadtrip photo.
On our way back to Phoenix, we stopped in a dusty village of Stanton, Arizona. It’s basically an RV park in the middle of nowhere for winter-time gold miners. During the hot seasons, there couldn’t be more than three people who would live out there. But from October to April, there are hundreds of people scouring the mountains for gold with metal detecters, or down by the river panning for gold. It’s a subculture that people just can’t believe until they see it.
This is the metal detector “store” in Stanton. Little Matt and Danny are bored to death.
The;town of Stanton, Arizona
Yesterday after we got back I met with a mortgage broker to talk about how I can finance this new house. It was a great meeting because my anxieties evaporated as I got the facts in front of me. I’m waiting for some official paperwork of finance approval to give the homeowner with my offer. I’m going for it.
Last night two Suns players gave Ron Artest some good knocks on the floor. First of all, Artest was stupid enough to collide with Leandro Barbosa as he went up for; a lay up. Artest got a flagrant foul for it, because he didn’t even try to block the shot. He just through his body against the oncoming Barbosa. Since Barbosa is stacked with muscle, he knocked Artest out of the air and off the court. It was hysterical. These are the moments that I love having Tivo. I must’ve watched that hit six or eight times.
Even though the Suns were down by seventeen at one point, they rallied in the second half and ended up winning by;thirteen. That’s a thirty point comeback. I recorded the game with Tivo, which I don’t like to do. I ended up fast-forwarding through the second quarter because it was too depressing to watch. But the second half was a blast. I was all alone in the house, but I was yelling like I was in the arena. The game wore me out, so I fell asleep pretty early last night. That’s why was able to get up early this morning and come here to Candyce’s coffee shop before I go to work.