Wandering USA: 3

Arizona has been… an experience. 

Friday night was awesome. We got drunk or maybe I got drunk and Charlie just laughed at me; I wouldn’t know. Then he moved the furniture so we had more room for activities… and he taught me how to two-step. We literally danced in his living room until 1am or something absurd like that. I have no idea what time I came back to the RV, but it was really late. 

Saturday Charlie and I headed up to Superstition Mountains with Legedu, a tent and some guns. I never really thought I liked desert scenery, but I think I just don’t like ugly desert scenery with nothing to look at. This was beautiful. Desert flowers are so bright pretty. I’ll post some photos in the next few days.

The two most exciting (and relaxed) parts of my day were taking pictures and shooting his rifle, shotgun and handgun. 

So far it’s rained twice. The first time was okay, because I didn’t want to do anything that day. The second time was just.. typical. It’s important to remember that I LOVE rain, but this was rain on steroids and it prevented epic plans from reaching their full potential.

Before we left, of course we checked the weather. With 30% chance of rain in the middle of the night we thought it would be fun. Around 5:30pm we started to set up the tent and try to light a fire. It started to sprinkle a little bit. And then it started to rain pretty hard on and off. Then came the thunder and the lightening. With the tent up and the fire abandoned, we sat there contemplating our next move.

Thunder was echoing off all the hills and rocks around us. Wind whipped and rain seemed to come down in the form of bullets, like nature was mad that we shot her. 

When a solid line of lightening hit the hill directly in front of us we packed up. It was not a comfortable experience to be hit in the face with ice cold drops of water in gale force winds. However, it was hilariously fun despite how terrifying it was to think that we might die trying to get off the mountain while racing lightening and floods… Did I mention we both forgot a jacket? 

Madeleine Albright, photographed at the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism’s Consultation on Conscience. She spoke about her friend and outgoing director Rabbi David Saperstein who was recently appointed as the ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom in the United States. 

Photo copyright Pat Jarrett, all rights reserved. 

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