‘Desert Rat: an Update’

I know I’ve said this before, but a lot has happened since I last wrote. Because it’s a long tale with many side plots, I’ll leave out the particulars, but the short of it is that when I left California, I was fully intending to go back to Florida. Along the way I stopped off in Tucson, AZ, liked what I saw, and then left. I made it as far as San Antonio, TX before turning the truck around an hoofing it back to the desert.

Since then, I’ve been working at a non-profit, living a quiet, simple life. Whatever happens from here, with the benefit of hindsight, I absolutely made the right choice leaving the Bay.  I still think about it from time to time and all that implies, but I know it wouldn’t have been healthy for me to stay there.

I haven’t explored the desert a ton, but it’s quite beautiful in a way I’m unfamiliar with. The dusk and early mornings are my favorite times of the day in many places, but especially here. The middle of the day, well, to quote the great Skip Stewart after a trip to London, England…’you can keep that sh*t!’ If you’re a sun worshiper however, I can say without hesitation that Southern Arizona is your kind of place.  Yesterday, I (half) jokingly told a friend of mine that I fear getting skin cancer every time I walk to the truck. And god forbid you forget your sunglasses before you leave the house!

One of the biggest draws about this place was the University of Arizona, as there are a lot of ‘Corps’ supported Masters programs to explore.  I wound up applying to one of them on a whim, along with the Fellowship scholarship, which is what would’ve funded the education.  When the dust settled, I was accepted to the Master’s program, but did not get the scholarship, and since ‘out of state tuition’ is absurdly expensive, I’m going to give it a miss for now. It was a bit of a disappointment to be sure, but not nearly as much as I expected.

Time will tell what’s next, but a common theme of late is the notion of having a place of my own to call home. I have been floating around this planet for a while now and while it’s been fun, I feel I’m still missing something important…a few things actually, that simply aren’t available with the life I’ve been living.

Here are some of the photos I’ve taken over the last few months…




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