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CAPTAIN’S LOG EARTH DATE 19 OCTOBER 2013

October 27, 2013

DOWN TO THE VALLEY OF THE SUN

This is the landing approach as we leave New Mexico and head south to the Phoenix area.  I love having this big warm star so close after a long cold night.  It melts the ice off the dog’s water dish!  Moving away from the sun may be a bit depressing, as it can be in the land of the midnight sun.  This trip will not be in the dark though.

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HEADING BACK DOWN THE MOUNTAIN SATURDAY MORNING

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DOWN TO THE VALLEY

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AND THE MESA COUNTRY RETURNS

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GNARLY ROCKS!

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 SOUTH FROM SHOW LOW TOWARDS GLOBE ARIZONA…THE CANYON

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TINY CARS ATOP THE SCENIC PULLOUT ON A DEEP DROP.

THERE IS SOMETHING CURIOUS DOWN THERE…

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THAT WHITE MARK HAS WHITE PAINT AND RUST…A TANKER?

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OH THIS IS DEFINITELY A CAR DOWN THERE!

AND THERE APPEARS TO BE TWO OR MORE OTHERS.

DO WE REALLY NEED SPEED LIMIT ENFORCEMENT?

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NOTICE THE ROAD RISING ON THE FAR SIDE OF THE BRIDGE CROSSING AHEAD.

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YOU COULD NOT COUNT THE NUMBER OF DENTED RAILS, AND SKID MARKED CONCRETE BARRIERS ON THIS ROUTE. 

WHAT PART OF SLOW DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND?

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FINALLY NEAR SUPERIOR ARIZONA, THE FIRST SAGUARO CACTUS…

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 BACK IN FAMILIAR APACHE JUNCTION TERRITORY!

The outside temperature gauge in the Toyota is indicating 95 degrees in the afternoon.  It is dry so it isn’t muggy.  This is the season to visit, well after the 118 degree high potential.  I will be able to get some repairs done to the trailers down here!

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AND SETTING UP SHOP ON SATURDAY NIGHT.

It’s good to have familiar places along the trails of life.  It’s good to be able to return safely as well.  For some reason man seems determined to test the limits of space and guard rails.  Even with caution nature can unleash overwhelming flash floods and avalanches.  Half of the missions to Mars have failed so far.  The distance to the bottom of a canyon is far less than an orbit chasing Mars.  I was impressed with controlling nearly 5 tons of vehicle on this little trip!

The lessons of our space program would not bring many favorable bets from professional gamblers or from the math of statistics.  Our space shuttle record suggests that management can have enthusiasm or confidence that does not always hold up in long-term operations.  Shuttle program manager Wayne Hale offered some thoughts about this kind of responsibility in his blog.  http://waynehale.wordpress.com/  We have a little more math to do before making the great leap.

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