Every Saturday I make the trip from home (Oracle) to Sells, on the Tohono O’odham Reservation, where I teach Basic Design at the Tohono O’odham Community College.
It’s a bit of a long drive. 2 1/4 hours, to be exact. Each way.
In the photo above, I’m completing the first 1/2 hour of the drive, as I approach Tucson. The mountains are the Catalina’s. They’re quite spectacular, if you know what you’re doing, and if you aren’t shooting while driving.
Freeway driving through Tucson. I got a few shots of just sky. A few of just pavement. And then, well, sort of a photo of some of the big buildings in Tucson. I’ve now been driving for about an hour. It’s 8:15 am on Saturday, not much traffic, so it doesn’t matter too much that I’m weaving all over the road to get this shot.
The studio. Actually, it’s a science lab, but we make do. At least there are sinks. I meant to take a photo of my students. But I got busy and completely forgot. They say hi! They are a wonderful group of 12 students. They work hard and are eager to learn. Although nearly all of them do a variety of arts and crafts, only one has taken any formal art classes. A delight to teach.
There’s always something posted on this white board. In English and in Tohono O’ohdam. It’s always interesting to see what the phrases are. I especially like “watch out for the rattlesnake” and “pass the salt”. Two essentials in life.
Three and 1/2 hours later (that’s how long class is), I’m back on the road, going in reverse. Approaching the Border Patrol checkpoint, I snapped a quick shot, but didn’t dare take a photo of the officer as he stopped to check me out, making sure I’m a US citizen, not carrying any contraband in my Mini Cooper. I was hungry and didn’t want to take a chance on being thrown in jail.
Not far from the reservation, I stop at a gas station to get my lunch. Yes, very nutritious. I try not to eat all the Cheetos, but it’s hard to resist, after all, I have another 2 hours to drive before I get back home.