Intention Without a Plan, Evolves a Path of Action

I’m going to do something unprecedented, write with extreme brevity.

mountains ring the valley

 

pink adobe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Couldn’t resist a shot of the classic pink adobe.

Not one, but at least two resident iguanas.

Not one, but at least two resident iguanas.

 

 

 

 

Though this adobe isn’t my new home, these are some of my new apt flatmates.

 

 

 

 

There really couldn’t have been more of a circuitous way of arriving in this community. My head said simply, head south, plan B was to head to northern France to help with the refugees along the coastline facing Great Britain.

a hazardous bridge is far better than a wall :-)

a hazardous bridge is far better than a wall 🙂

I’ve since learned that French speaking skills will come in handy here because among a large number of refugees from all over the world coming to Tucson because of its low cost of living, there is a significant African population.

I’ve contacted several refugee resettlement groups here in Tucson, the IRC and the Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest-Refugee Focus program to volunteer in various capacities such as being assigned to a family to maintain continuity and build trust. I will also volunteer at the

The Tucson Wildlife center is a Sanctuary just east of the city, which also borders the Saguaro National Forest

The Tucson Wildlife center is a Sanctuary just east of the city, which also borders the Saguaro National Forest

Tucson Wildlife center. In the meantime looking for ways of employing my skills in a variety of different ways.

I’ve discovered that there’s a substantial number of writers, artists and musicians living in this town. I had to bypass an ultimate frisbee hat tournament (on a sort of stormy day) to attend the Spring Arts Open House festival Heart of Tucson Art. There I met with a number of artists in the intimacy of their own homes, checking out their art and chatting. Among my bicycle mode of transportation to go from here to there, I’ve amassed some photos. cactus man

My path to arrive here may appear completely haphazard, as I had mentally crossed off all communities not lying on the coasts, and yet I’m finding many of the things that a city can offer, as well as complete wilderness in a matter of an hour bike ride; yes, pleasantly surprised.

Now I have a bicycle, not the one pictured here which I used to move from Plan B, in which less is indeed more.

Small back pack and messenger bag.

Small back pack and messenger bag.

The desert is full of extremes.

gorgeous_bluegrey_april_storm_clouds

gorgeous_bluegrey_april_storm_clouds

And within minutes, one can leave the outskirts of the mostly one and two storied homes to reach the wilderness. Biking and hiking are common extracurricular activities around this plain surrounded by mountains.

artful mail boxes

artful mail boxes

the quirky, Skipper riding his bicycle several times across the country who was passing through

Skipper bicycling across country and stopping in Tucson

Skipper bicycling across country and stopping in Tucson

whom I met where I was fixing my bicycle at BICAS

BICAS bicycle inter-community art and salvage

BICAS bicycle inter-community art and salvage

desert palms

Coronado National Forest foothills

And where one’s bicycle can easily deliver them to wilderness.
moon flower desert cliffs

foothills of mountains

about to hike after biking to the trailhead
cactus flower
sunlit saguaro cactus
path to finger rockdesert
waxing moon
flowering moondelicate survival

Yet the culture is far from a desert…beam cloud

another glorious sunset

family walking cat to park

 

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If you look closely, these people are not walking a dog, but their cat. The cat was actually boldly prancing toward a poodle. What? Fantastic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And its humor.stickers_fab_gun_lawoh woof license plate

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4:20 in Lancaster county Pennsylvania | Amish country

It’s 4:20 and I happened to be in Lancaster county, the heart of Amish country! Happened to have my camera and yeah, the day began at 420_cig Smoketown_Elementary. Everything’s fine, I keep good company and have a Smoker Gard Attorney Smoker_Gard_Associates_Attorney

Lil bit later new_horse_eye Let’s say I was keeping my eye on a lot of new things, randomly making turns after moving in the direction of the Amish country, and getting away from the plastic-consumer civilized, uh hum, uncivilized world. to look at things with a different twist Goldie_gupsidedown

Okay, so fortunately, the weather is fine and the Amish are out and about. I didn’t intrude on taking pictures of the kids playing in front of their houses – in blue clothes, girls in bonnets, boys with bowl haircuts…but I did get a few discrete shots. such as the Amish horse-drawn buggies which are present everywhere, through the side-view mirror of the car i was driving.

through the side-view mirror

through the side-view mirror

and sneeking pics from the sun roof, uh, this was an accident that turned out pretty cool!

sneeking pics from the sun roof

sneeking pics from the sun roof

Yeah, the buggies are there living along with the modern culture buggy_car_traffic , you can see the grooves that the wooden wheels of the buggies make on the roads – over years and years – and residue from the horses – fresh every day!

remnants_of_horse_drawn_carriages

remnants_of_horse_drawn_carriages

Continuing on Smoketown_Inn

Stoney_Lane_Greenhouse

Stoney_Lane_Greenhouse

North_American_Pipe_Corporation

North_American_Pipe_Corporation

moving right along

Do Not Enter I was feeling good and enjoying the view immensely!

High_Car_Wash

frankly, in retrospect, this buggy blur going by has an odd reflection, as if it’s a premonition of something spooky!

buggy with strange reflection

buggy with strange reflection

and funny, though Amish strictly don’t drive cars or have electricity, Mennonites can drive cars, which are always black – the most toned-down non-materialistic vehicle that you can get..this one is typical in terms of the blackness of it “-)

typical_Menonnite_car

typical_Menonnite_car

and though some people stared blankly at me from their buggies (i mean, there are huge tour buses that drive on these country roads, so I’m sure the people get over-saturated with people gawking at them !-) One couple waved at me in a very friendly way and this girl riding by on her bicycle had a genuine smile.

amish_girl_bicycling

amish_girl_bicycling

parked_buggy_farm

gorgeous horse stride carrying the Amish buggy

gorgeous horse stride carrying the Amish buggy

typical_amish_farm

timber_corn_cat

timber_corn_barn

stone_house_pasture

stone_arch_bridge

stone_arch_bridge_fisherman

silos_green_fields

silos_amish_country

school_house

school_house_water_pump

remnants_of_horse_drawn_carriages

piles_wood

Pennsylvania_heart_of_Germany

parked_buggy_wider_view_farm

parked_buggy_farm

one_lane_bridge

one_lane_bridge_closer

Misty_Creek_Goat_Dairy

Misty_Creek_Goat_Dairy_Whole_Goat_Milk

magnolias_have_sprung

magnolia_leaves

lovely_property_rear_forsythia_lancaster_county_PA.

lovely_property_magnolias

lovely_property_magnolias_lancaster_county_PA

Lancaster_county_stonehouse_barn

green_hills_amish_farms

green_hills_amish_farms_2

farmfields_Lancaster_county_Amish_country

farm_fields_covered_plastic

ccc_not_consortium_collective_consciousness

canyon_wall

canyon_wall_close

canyon_wall_beyond_this_same_property

buggy_reflection_passing

buggy_parked_outside_house

buggy_car_traffic

brightly_colored_shacks_for_sale

blossoms_pink_haze

blossoming_tree

barn_3_tupelas

approaching_buggy_early_spring

approaching_amish_buggy

amish_long_green_barn

amish_horse_drawn_buggy_trot

amish_farm_wind_mill

amish_farm_fence

amish_farm_buggy_entering

amish_farm_barn_buggy_star

Amish_country_stream_Lancaster_county

Amish_country_stone_house

amish_country_green_fields_april

amish_country_buggy_scene

Amish_country_barn_Lancaster_county

Amish_canal_under_house

Amish_canal_through_house

amish_buggy_reflector_lights

amish_buggy_lancaster_county_pennsylvania

amish_buggy_beechdalle_rd

amish_buggy_approaching_through_sideview_mirror.

angel statue amish star

angel statue amish star

Here are the same labeled photos on a flickr link!

and that’s all folks

just a 'lil angel

just a ‘lil angel (that I drew a few years ago to send in a thank you note)