I take a lot of pictures. Sometimes I post them to Instagram, most of them just sit on the camera roll. So I figured, hey, why not post some of them to my website?

Me and Mrs. Rawson had a child free Saturday thanks to my lovely in-laws and we decided to go hiking in the San Tan Mountains, which is one of my favorite areas in Arizona (luckily we live only ten or so miles from the range). I love it because it has some great trails, and the other reason is it’s creepy as Hell.

It’s Cormac McCarthy country. It’s Apaches turning the ground red with Mexican and European settler’s blood

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Herzog man (The universe wants nothing but murder, chaos, and renewal, blah, blah, blah), I have no belief in an afterworld, but if I did, my guess is the San Tan’s would be brimming with a shit ton of angry sprits.

Anyway, here’s some pictures.

Moonlight Trailhead. This leads to an amazing vista called Stargazer.


Screaming cactus!



Mrs. Rawson laughing hysterically at the cactus’ world of pain.




I found some large pieces of peridot in this pile of shale. The whole area is a rock hound’s wet dream.



Near the end of the trail. I don’t know why I like this shot so much? I think it mostly has to do with human made things that nature reclaims so quickly once we don’t densely populate an area. Or maybe it’s just ’cause I like rusty barbed wire?


End of the trail and heading back.

Another quick book recommendation for your to be read pile. The Three Body Problem By Cixin Liu

Here’s the skinny from the publisher:

“Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.”

It’s a seriously great piece of writing and one of my favorite novels from the handful newly translated genre novels I’ve read over the last several months. I say the more translated material, the better. The American grasp of how the rest of the world works is tenuous, at best. Maybe some imaginative fiction will spark an interest in folks to look into other cultures.

Afternoon Soundtrack The Goldberg Variations performed by Glenn Gould