Desert Heat

Dixie’s Final Resting Place ©2013 Bo Mackison


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1. to leave completely and finally; forsake utterly; desert.

2. to cast away, leave, or desert, as property or a child.


Abandoned in the Desert ©2013 Bo Mackison




1. to leave (a person, place, etc.) without intending [...]

Gratitude - A Desert Wisdom Card

Sunny Sunflower © 2013 Bo Mackison

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. ~ Melody [...]

Pause - A Desert Wisdom Card

Bench © 2013 Bo Mackison

In the sweet territory of silence we touch the mystery. It’s the place of reflection and contemplation, and it’s the place where we can connect with the deep knowing, to the deep wisdom way.” ~ Angeles Arrien

Pause. Take a deep breath. A deep breath [...]

Crossing State Lines

Red Earth, Blue Skies © 2013 Bo Mackison

On Sunday, the Second Day

On the day I travel from mountains to plains, I cross the state line, and sing-song “Goodbye, Arizona; Hello, New Mexico.”

I keep my place on the map by noting the washes I cross, Federal highway signs break the monotony of [...]

Painted Desert Inn

Window in Adobe © 2013 Bo Mackison

The Painted Desert Inn is within the boundaries of the Petrified Forest National Park and on the original Route 66. It is situated high on a mesa overlooking the Painted Desert.

Painted Desert Inn © 2013 Bo Mackison

Built in the early 1920s by Herbert D. [...]

Last Stop in Arizona - Petrified Forest

Petrified Wood ©2013 Bo Mackison

On my second day of travel, I headed north and east so I could visit one of my favorite destinations – Petrified Forest National Park. Not only am I fascinated by the petrified wood – from tree chunks to tiny pebbles – dotting the barren landscape, I also love [...]