Three Cars and Yucca

Three Cars and Yucca

Three Cars and Yucca © 2011 Bo Mackison

I’m barely into my Grand Adventure and I already ran into a snafu. Not a bad snafu, just a time sucking one. And there are times when you can’t do much of anything about time drains, except admit you aren’t going to get everything done you’d planned to get done.

One can only go so fast hauling a trailer, and we lost travel time due to traveling in storms, so we drove fifteen hours straight to get to Tucson as scheduled.

The place I’ve rented for a couple of months is perfect for what I need – small, but not too small; in a quiet area, but not too quiet; plenty of open space and desert surroundings. Unfortunately, the promised computer hook-up was not available, so I couldn’t download any of the travel photographs or do much computer work last night or most of today.

Today was set-up day for the Tubac Festival of the Arts which runs from Wednesday through Sunday. (More info in tomorrow’s post.) I managed to set up part of my art booth, but then the Spring winds kicked in. And they packed a mighty wallop. I was just too darn exhausted to wrestle together my art booth while being battered by high, gusty winds. I’ll return early tomorrow morning to finish the booth and hang my photography canvases and prints. The show starts at 10, so I’ll have a little extra time if I get an early start.

I do want to mention the very best part of my day however. (Even days that aren’t going as planned can have great, unexpected moments!)

I was sitting on my patio this morning, only a few minutes after the sun rose into view above the mountains, sipping a cup of coffee. And a road runner strutted right through my back yard.

Now that may not be too exciting for anyone who has lived in the West, but I have to tell you, I have never seen a road runner close up – cartoon “beep-beep” road runners do not count. And I have surely never, ever visited with a road runner over early morning coffee – until today!


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She is living in Tucson for the next eight weeks, exhibiting her photography in art fairs, taking photographs in deserts and desert gardens, and blogging about learning to live on her own. Visit as she writes about living and working in Tucson. Her mantra is “Bo goes solo!”

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. I’m glad you made it safely there and also that you had such a wonderful welcoming party. I saw hundreds of road runners during my year living in Arizona and thought that each one was very special!

  2. Isn’t it just the way? A few snafus but the roadrunner’s visit tells you all will be just fine. Throughout my many trips to Arizona I’ve still never seen a roadrunner – yay! for you! I’m relieved you both arrived safely and am looking forward to your next report!

  3. I’m glad you arrived safe and sound. Hopefully the winds will settle down for you.

    And the road runner? How cool is that!!

  4. Joanne Keevers says:

    Bo, this may sound like the most lame comment of all time, but I have to say it…keep in mind now that I do live in Australia and we have different creatures here! I thought the road runner WAS just a cartoon character! You mean they really exist???

    Keep your camera handy at coffee time please. I’d love to see the real thing! Amazing!!! 🙂

    Pleased to hear you have arrived safe and sound in Tucson.

  5. Welcome to Arizona! Yep, we keep the roadrunners in the back and send ’em by when the camera is in the car. Roadrunners are territorial, and unless this one was looking for a nesting place or chasing a pesky rattlesnake, you might see it every morning at the same time. Enjoy that big blue sky of ours, too!

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