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Books Read 2015

It’s been a long time since I mentioned the books that I’m reading.  2015 was my “Irish” year.  I read 25 books and 14 of them dealt with Ireland in some fashion.

Here’s the Irish list:

  • The Lion of Ireland, Morgan Llywelyn
  • Finn MacCool, Morgan Llywelyn
  • 1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion, Morgan Llywelyn
  • Bard, The Odyssey of the Irish, Morgan Llywelyn
  • Pride of Lions, Morgan Llywelyn
  • The Last Prince of Ireland, Morgan Llywelyn
  • 1921: The Great Novel of the Irish Civil War, Morgan Llywelyn
  • 1949: A Novel of the Irish Free State, Morgan Llywelyn
  • 1972: A Novel of Ireland’s Unfinished Revolution, Morgan Llywelyn
  • 1999: A Novel of the Celtic Tiger and the Search for Peach, Morgan Llywelyn
  • The Princes of Ireland, Edward Rutherford
  • A Short History of Ireland, John O’Beirne Ranelagh
  • Grania: She-King of the Irish Seas, Morgan Llywelyn
  • The Rebels of Ireland, Edward Rutherford

And the rest:

  • Lyndon Johnson and The American Dream, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Elantris, Brandon Sanderson
  • The Girls of August, Anne Rivers Siddons
  • Effortless Savings: A Money Management Guide to Saving Without Sacrifice, Richard Syrop
  • How To Compost: Everything You Need to Know to Start Composting and Nothing You Don’t!, Lars Hundley
  • 365 Days of Vegan Recipes, Katie Emma
  • Pizza Pie In The Sky: A Complete Guide to Pizza, Penguin Cooking
  • You Are A Writer, Jeff Goins
  • Daily Self-Discipline: Everyday Habits and Exercise to Build Self-Discipline and Achieve Your Goals, Martin Meadows
  • The Book of Fate, Brad Meltzer
  • Here’s to Not Catching Our Hair on Fire: An Absent-Minded Tale of Life with Giftedness and Attention Deficit-Oh Look! A Chicken!, by Stacey Turis

If you are interested in Irish history and Irish lore, I highly recommend most everything that Morgan Llywelyn has ever written!

In the second list, I highly recommend those that are highlighted in green.  The rest were either fluff or so-so.  And the books highlighted in red, don’t waste your time!

I’m a bit amazed at the number of books I read this past year.  In recent years, my norm was 10 – 15 books.  But, many of the books listed above are shorter than those read in previous years.  Some I’ve read more than once.  Plus I began reading electronic books on my phone at night when I couldn’t sleep, and then I acquired a Kindle in December, so I think that accounts for much of the increased read time.

Next week I’ll list the books I’ve read since the first of the year.

Tusayan Ruin and Museum

Along the Desert View Drive on the Grand Canyon South Rim is the Tusayan Museum and Ruin. The Tusayan Ruins were the home of ancestral Puebloans that inhabited the area around 1185 AD. The ruins were partially excavated in the 1930s and no attempt has been made at reconstruction. The museum was built to help interpret the ruins and includes artifacts from the many different cultures that inhabited the area over time.

Storage Rooms built for food storage

The Kiva

Living space

Here is a picture of Humphreys Peak in the San Francisco Peaks, and that is snow on the top of the mountain! When we were in Flagstaff later that night, which is on the south side of the base of Humphreys Peak, you definitely noticed the cooler air coming down off that snow.

The National Parks Service provides a brochure with more information on the ruins and those who lived in the park area.

Fort Bowie Hike – Part Two

Here we have made it to the top and are looking back down the way we came. Go down, through the V, turn right and hike another mile!

Fort Bowie ruins as you come up on them from the trail. Here they actually look a lot more impressive than they do once you actually get to the very top.

The ruins viewed from just below the Visitor’s Center, looking more to the east.

And the same ruins, only looking more to the west (notice the flag pole in both pictures, which was about in the center of the fort area. It really was a very large complex, with buildings encompassing the whole flatter area, including officers quarters, soldiers quarters, the commander’s house, a school, a hospital, a general store, stables, etc., everything one would need to survive so far from civilization.

Here is the view at the Visitor’s center, looking down into the valley to the east. We hiked up from a point somewhat to the west of the hill on the left, but we did not begin anywhere near the low elevation of the valley, thank goodness!

Trekking back down, I took pictures of the examples of Indian housing that are displayed along the trail. This would have been their winter home; you can see the tarp on the side, showing how the Chiricahua would have covered the grass sides of the hut with animal skins.

And here a ramada, which is where the Indians would have spent the summer. This would be much cooler than the winter hut, although I am not sure how dry it would be during the summer monsoons!

We arrived back to the parking lot, alive! Actually the trip back was much easier, as it was mostly going down in elevation. And we did make it back before sunset, although only by about twenty minutes!

And one last picture, looking back to where we had just hiked. You can see that the valley is mostly in shadows now. As we were walking the last segment, you could definitely notice the coolness of the air when you hit the shady areas. This desert air cools down so quickly when the sun goes down!

All in all it was a very nice walk, but boy were we sore for the next couple of days. I definitely felt like I got just a tad bit more sun than I am used to. But we did enjoy ourselves and are trying to find some similar length hikes that we feel comfortable trying. With the drug trafficking “mule trains” along the border, we feel more comfortable finding places to hike that are many miles north of the border, which rules out a lot of local spots.

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