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Monday, February 19, 2001

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Sonoran National Park?

I rode my bike to work today, gliding through the darkness. I took the back route most of the way, and didn't even have many street lights. My bike headlight is more to let people know I'm there than to light up the way. I don't worry about not seeing cars since not only do their headlights warn me in plenty of time but I hear their engines since it is so quiet. It's a little after six when I leave home and the arteries are beginning to get some traffic but the back streets are even quieter than usual since most people don't leave home this early.

I had a meeting to go to tonight so I stayed on campus after work and went to Starbucks to read for an hour. It's very relaxing as I don't keep seeing things that I need to do. I sat outside till it got too dim to read and enjoyed the evening. It was a little cool but not bad. I usually go home and stay inside even though I enjoy being outside in the evening. There isn't a good place to sit outside at the apartments except around the pool, which I don't find all that appealing.

The meeting was the monthly AAHS (Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society) meeting. The speaker talked about the old Camino Real (Diablo) which went from Sonoita, Mexico to Yuma, Arizona across the grim, waterless corner of Arizona. There is no running water for over one hundred miles along here and the only water is rain water saved in the waterholes, tinajas, in the rocks of the mountains. This is the area that is now the Goldwater Range used by the military. I'm not sure which branch of the military. There is a movement to combine it with the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge and Organ Pipe National Park to make a new national park/preserve. I think it's a good idea but I was surprised that the military would still be allowed to use it. The whole idea is to have more oversight since the military evidently just shoot there and don't really patrol the area.

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Rachel Aschmann 2001.
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