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Down the Rabbit Hole

Posted by on Jul 22, 2018

Down the Rabbit Hole

Each day on the trail
I pick up the trash.
  Restore order small scale
Clear debris with panache
Flush cottontail and quail.
That’s not a newsflash.

Discovery of the proverbial white rabbit, however, certainly is unusual. Like Lewis Carroll’s famous creature, I found myself fretting “Oh dear, Oh dear, I shall be too late.”  In this case, I feared I would be too late to save the poor little thing, obviously, a pet, escaped or abandoned, from our Arizona elements. With summer heat at its most intense, usually 105+ and that snow white coat, I figured its odds of survival at near zero. How to help it? I feared without intervention, it would not last a day. 

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Last Tour on the Watch

Posted by on May 31, 2018

Last Tour on the Watch

Every day past the school
I carried the sack,
Penny sniffed, Penny looked
And, we kept careful track
But, only trash filled the sack.
She watched me get fitter.
Sometimes begged for a treat.
No crime except litter
Ever found on our street.


Until one day, we did find one!

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Exploring Phoenix: Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018

Exploring Phoenix: Boyce Thompson Arboretum


Sixty miles due east

A river runs through it.

Well, really a creek,

But as a creek, it’s a Queen

Bending sand into shape,

Coloring it green.

Needing escape,

I decided to visit.

Loaded the beast

And much water with it.

Dogs are welcome leashed.

Sometimes it really pays to use a little of your leisure time as a local tourist.  Arizona state parks are great places to visit although they might not be the first tourist venues selected. We just don’t travel to those amazing spots though, even within a short drive. Perhaps we think of “vacation” as a distant place. Unless, of course, the place happens to be on a visitor’s wish list while they are touring Arizona because it is a distant place.

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