sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, January 21, 2018

A Visit to the Mine


It was time for me to get off my rump and head off to the White Wolf Mine up on Arizona's Mogollon Rim (literally). Some people claim to be up on the rim and others are actually there. I was greeted by a dozen and one elk, hanging out, eating, and doing what elk do, now that mating season has passed.


The weather has been perfect but I did encounter some snow flurries and a dash of rain, which has been the first precipitation of the year. It's been a dry winter. 

Arizona gun control laws are among the least-restrictive in the United States. Arizona law states that any person 21 years or older, who is not a prohibited possessor, may carry a weapon openly or concealed without the need for a license. (A concealed carry permit is required in most other states.)

This means that as a progressive person, you're likely to be terrified because of the number of people around you who are strapped.  That's good. Progs can leave because it's a free country. May I suggest California?

Yes, I'm feeling my oats because I drive around AZ with Arizona license plates on my truck, sneering at California drivers.

The lower level (guest level) is coming right along in preparation for framing.


The top of the masonry creates support the floor of the main level of the structure. However the structure extends (below) far to the right of the lower level. The upper level (on concrete supports) also extends out over the landscape, creating an outdoor living are and a master bedroom with a really nice view.




Building on a slope creates a lot more requirements for masonry and engineering than building on the flats, but there are advantages (mostly aesthetic) to making this sort of choice when selecting a site.

Meanwhile, the new year means more work, more pressure to generate work and to produce meaningful results quite apart from the efforts in the high country to build a hovel.