Friday, December 13, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
They have a wonderful introductory video on their web site that gives a great overview of this place.
|Harp from Bolivia|
|John Lennon's piano|
|Band instruments made from bamboo and wicker from the Phillipines|
|Violin made from an oil can a fork and whatever|
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Just past the suburbs of Phoenix, the Pass Mountains rise up 2,000 feet from the desert floor and Usery Mountain park abuts Tonto National Forest, so the hiking goes on forever. We, however, don't go on forever but we did do a nice six-mile hike through a saguaro cactus forest to a great overlook. Tucker got a sticker in his foot, but we got through that crisis (anything with Tucker's feet is a crisis to him).
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
28 million years ago, a huge volcano about 15 miles east of Silver City erupted with the force of 1,000 Mount St. Helens. The hot ash fell in a circle fifty miles across and some of it was so hot that it congealed into rock in tall clumps. Those clumps were eroded by the wind and the result was a geologic formation so unusual there are only six like it in the world. Now a state park, the "City of Rocks" is a beautiful and incredibly fun place to explore, which we did around sunset today. We could have spent hours here wandering around the formations which stand alone in a vast desert plain. The sunset light really brought out their beauty.
|City of Rocks from a distance|
|Venus and the last of sunset at City of Rocks|