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Day 2: Sitting on a Hill

Adventure and uncertainty continues to fill my life as the second day of my journey unfolds. The day awoke with a great home cooked breakfast prepared by Judy Darwin. Guru and I are always going to accept offerings of food for the trip. We enjoyed the meal talking with Robert Darwin, and then went for a short hike down to Beaver Creek. The day was pleasantly warm and the cool scent of the creek and the trees were wonderful. A school of very large fish were swimming under one of the overhanging trees. I’m not sure if they were trout or salmon, but they were all about a foot long and probably four inches thick. We climbed back up toward their house, and packed up our belongings, ready to head out.

Traveling down I-17, we were on our first stretch of interstate for the trip. Our first visit was at Arcosanti. I had no idea the place existed, until Guru had mentioned it earlier during the day. He told me than an alternative community had been built near Cordes Junction. From what he had heard, he figured that it was probably some hippie group. What we wanted to see were their buildings. He had heard that they had built a philosophy around their unique architecture. When we arrived, we found out that we had misconceptions, but were quite impressed. It was definitely far from hippies. Arcosanti is the result of an architect, Santi, who created the term arcology. It is a cross of architecture and ecology. Rather than building cities that consume and waste the land, Santi produces very efficient structures. He feels that this style of living will be the future of human urban living. The structures are self-supporting. All the food and energy required by the inhabitants is produced from within the buildings. Using the sun for solar power and growing plants, no space is wasted. His next building he was to construct will support 7,000 people on only 15 acres. I thought his work was really interesting, although can’t imagine myself living in such a dense network of people.

On we traveled, going through Phoenix stopping only for a short bit in Mesa, and a friend’s home to drop off a couple things. We decided to take highway 79 from Phoenix, which is a different route than my usual when traveling to Tucson or Willcox. It was a nice drive, until bad sounds came out from under my car’s hood. Sounded like my timing belt was coming off. I had it replaced last month, and it is possible that it wasn’t fixed properly. Luckily we have a cellular phone with us for occurrences such as this. Unfortunately, everybody we knew in Tucson wasn’t home when we called, and the battery on the phone began to die. Realizing that we needed to get my car into Tucson, which was about 20 miles away, Guru and I flagged down a car, and a guy named Chris agreed to take Guru into town. Since all of the things we need to live on for the next three months are in my car, I decided to stay and watch it over. I didn’t think it would take Guru too long, but he didn’t return until about 11:15 pm, and wasn’t able to find a tow rope. It was getting late, and his brother, who lives in Tucson, needed to get back home. I again decided to stay with the car, and slept under the stars on a small hill next to the highway, where the car was close by and visible. I was able to keep myself occupied by catching up on some business work on my laptop. The night was warm and clear under a full dessert moon.