Arrowheads and Rock Hunting In ArizonaWritten by Steve Gillman
We weren't planning to go rock and arrowhead hunting in Arizona. My wife and I just liked that hotspring in desert. It was agood place to escape Michigan winter for a while.
Then we met Felix, an old Mayan Indian living in an old RV. After sharing meals and campfires for a week, he took us into desert to show us ancient metates (grain-grinding stones) and arrowheads. We also found hundreds of beautiful rocks of every type, including Apache Tears, Fire Agate, and various quartzes.
Irina, a nineteen-year-old "rainbow kid," who had been living in her van for months, rode with Felix in his old pickup. We took our van. We spent two hours at first stop. The recent rain had made rocks and artifacts stand out, washing them clean. We were mostly just rock collecting.
Irina and my wife Ana found odd pieces that may have been arrowheads. We found old pottery pieces too, and Felix came back with half of a pot painted with an intricate design. It was probably hundreds of years old. Felix had been in desert for years, and kept seeing things we missed.
Pony Express Ruins
At our second stop, Felix showed us ruins of an old Pony Express station. Unmarked and forgotten, grass-and-mud-block walls were still partially standing. I realized we still hadn't seen a single other car. There are some isolated areas in Arizona, and this is one of them. We started arrowhead hunting around ruins, because Felix insisted building would have been fired upon by arrows.
Stunning Drakensberg Experience! The Drakensberg Boys' ChoirWritten by Brian Kemp
Stunning Drakensberg Experience! The Drakensberg Boys’ Choir
Travelling to South Africa? Well, you’re going to Cape Town, right? And you want to see if you can get Big 5? Here’s something that’s better than Cape Town. Better than Big 5. And it’s Drakensberg Boys’ Choir. There aren’t that many things that are unique or world class in South Africa, but Drakensberg Boys’ Choir is one of them.
Thirty-six years ago, Drakensberg Boys’ Choir was born. The dream was of a multi-racial, multi-cultural Choir School to rival Vienna Boys. Not in middle of a history-rich, ancient European city. But in boondocks. In a beautiful, rural, sparsely populated valley in Drakensberg Mountains of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The first and only one of its kind on continent.
Doors opened in 1965 to first 20 pupils, after John Tungay persuaded his parents, Ronald and Gwen, to dedicate 100 acres of their farm to his proposed school. Today annual intake is 100 boys between 9 and 15, and auditions are held nation-wide.
Can you think of anything more sublime than crisp, mountain air, majestic mountains, azure skies and natural beauty as far as eye can see, complemented by pure tones of counter-tenor harmony?
The Drakensberg Boys’ Choir tours overseas every year and is internationally recognized as one of best in world. And they aren’t just holier that thou brats either – after hours they’re into rapids tubing, abseiling and Drakensberg hiking. They work hard and play hard.