A Visit to the Petroglyph National Monument on the way to San Diego

I drove solo to San Diego from Phoenix.

I made stops along the way at places that interested me

to stretch my legs and satisfy my curiosity.

Petroglyphs are ancient symbols carved onto volcanic rock. The outside of the rock is baked black by the lava and the interior reveals a contrasting color which survives in the dry desert heat.

11 miles from the Route 8 exit (one way) is the Petroglyph National Monument. It was $2.00 per car, and you paid via a cash envelope in  a drop box. There is a camp host and picnic areas, covered and uncovered. There are no facilities. It is basically a desert wasteland of hot hotness.

My IPhone shut down from the heat (in October) because it was baking.

This site is a lower elevation, so you can camp here in January if you like sitting and staying in a place with no trees or water and lots of rocks. Like you are Wile E Coyote. I bet the sky is brilliant at night and I bet it is very quiet. There are 60 camp sites. They  typically have room for drop ins, the camp host said. RVs are their most popular campers.

I parked and followed a very easy and obvious trail around the only thing to see a pile or rocks. Because I always do everything the wrong way, I started counterclockwise and that side of the rock pile does not seem to have petroglyphs so I was like yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

Then because I had invested like zero energy, I bravely bore on the gravel circle path and was rewarded at about 12 noon on the clock with some petroglyphs and then an abundance.

It was surprisingly epic. There is sun banked signage explaining geology and native peoples and local water that used to be in this area. If you are easily entertained or need a reasonable and inexpensive stop to picnic between on Route 8. I recommend the National Monument.

What does childhood mean to your autistic child?

The scene plays out a million times. Parents, the developmental paediatrician, the child who is not hitting social milestones. The tears. I’ve been there.


The advice. Meds. Therapies, Visits, Appointments.


The googling. I won’t even go there, it’s self explanatory, it is just what you would do if someone said anything about your child.

But in this case, I had memories stir inside me.

And I related.

 And I took the road less traveled.

And you can call it “immersive home based play therapy”

or you can call it “a 70’s child”

 with doctor appointments that drain his energy,
 confuse him
 and make him meet a million young OT’s that are bored and doing boring things.
 In weird strip malls.
 And crowded chambers.
 With spreadsheets and stuff you can touch and stuff you can’t touch.

And what you learn is what it means to go to the doctor.

 Instead of opening your door
 And running outside

and playing with your friends

 as best you can
 in your own way.

So I told the doctors No thank you.

No thank you Autism Speaks.

 No Thank you Autism Awareness.Thank YOU Miss Jodi.
 No Thank you ABA, no thank you trip for more testing in Scottsdale.
 Meds? Growing child? In our case, no thank you. Am I on meds? Yes I am.
Do my kids know? Yes they do. Do I grow two inches every six months? No. Is it about dosage? yes.
 Do I know what is going on at your house? No.
 Am I an expert?
 Yes and No.
I’m an expert on my child and my life and I’m fat and I’m in my 40’s and I am all done with professional advice that is not grounded in reasonable result.
We do speech therapy, we let our school help. The classroom teacher is HUGE in our world.

And kids. And nature. And loads of play.

And guess what, thanks to my sisters, my moms, Papa, teachers, school, other kids, it’s working.

No thank you, you only get to be a kid once and this particular kid, the one I have, is not going to spend the bulk of his week at appointments.

And it was really hard and wore me out and you know what is right for you.

 Don’t forget, you know what is right for your child.
Follow your heart, look at what is going on and don’t be afraid to turn that fat autism pipe off and just let it drip a little bit into your house and remember,
 every child is still a child. And childhood is precious and rare.

A visit to the Mesa Typewriter Exchange

Because I am impulsive, a middle child, did not grow up getting presents and swag bags every day of my life just for being a kid, I have these obsessions with acquiring books and typewriters. More than I could reasonably use.

I have the typewriter of my dreams, the Hermes 3000.


Sweet, right? Seriously? I want to eat it. If you scratch and sniff the picture it smells like mint cause it’s that minty fresh.

 Then I saw this sweet 95.00 electric brother typewriter. Looked like something my boys would use. Also, looked like a typewriter so thus, a great idea.
 so I bought it and brought it home, this is some of what we left behind.
 Corona. Works.
 Old school, Works, part of Bill’s personal collection.
If you haven’t been to this wonderful wonderland, please take some time to visit. But buy a typewriter because it is magical, like having a convertible.

Pley.com –renting legos

This is NOT a sponsored post about Renting Lego Sets from Pley.

 Only 7 people read my blog. (This guy probably reads it)
 This is possible the most private place on the internet.

Yesterday my first box from Pley.com arrived, They are rental for service Legos. This is what our package looked like.

 You can make a queue and request sets.

LEGO® Technic Hovercraft 42002

You can buy a set. They come in this orange bag, but I dumped it out to try to build a hovercraft and enjoyed the simple pleasure of playing with Legoes.

 I don’t know if you can get more than one set a month but it seems reasonable if I finish a set quickly that I can send in for another one.
 The first set was free, I saw the ad on Facebook. Is this something you might like?
  • First LEGO set FREE. Then $15+/month.
  • Lost a piece? We won’t charge.
  • Clean and sanitized.
  • Free shipping both ways

The lego pieces come with everything I showed you, except they are zipped into this labeled orange bag. I’m into it. I like this idea. I think we will continue.