Solbit walks through a “riddled” Tucson

Dear Nicalai,

Guess what I found on our walk yesterday here in Tucson? I found three riddles. What’s a “riddle?” The Merriam-Webster dictionary told me that a riddle is “… a mystifying, misleading, or puzzling question posed as a problem to be solved or guessed : conundrum, enigma..” That’s just exactly what I found on our walk. As soon as I saw my first riddle, it came at me just like that.  Bam!  Then, I saw others.  Yeah, I think Tucson is full of riddles.

Can you answer this Tucson riddle?  What has pedals, wheel rims, sprockets, and you can find it on streets?  I think I know what you’re going to say, “A bicycle!” Wrong!  Look at this photo of my first Tucson riddle.

What has pedals, wheel rims, sprockets, and you can find it on streets? Answer: a trash can.

Isn’t that a pretty receptacle for ugly trash? Someone in Tucson is really good at recycling.

O.K., here’s another riddle that I came upon during our walk. What berry brings to mind the great outdoors?  Here’s the photo of my second riddle.

What berry brings to mind the great outdoors? Answer: That would be Wendell Berry, farmer, author, and environmentalist.

The tile art that Wendell Berry inspired on this Tucson street says, in part, “…and I feel above me the day-blind stars/ waiting for their light/for a time I rest in the grace of the world/ and am free.”  Did you ever feel that way when you lie on the grass and stare up into the vast blue sky with floating clouds?  I sure have.

One more riddle, then I have to go, because Nona and Papa are anxious to go for another walk.  They’re obsessed with getting in 10,000 steps a day.  Guess it’s some old peoples thing, but I don’t get it.  Here’s the riddle: How can the moon keep you awake at night when you’re camping?

How can the moon keep you awake at night when you’re camping? Answer: it makes the coyotes yelp and howl and sing.

I don’t know why the coyotes make so much noise when the moon is out, but the moon does seem to have an effect on them.  Have you ever noticed that when you’re camping out west?

Those are my three riddles from Tucson.  I will probably find more on our walk today, but I won’t write you about them — unless they’re really, really good. Bye! I’m your friend.

Love,

 

 

 

Solbit

April 2017

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  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”

Solbit goes into the wild at a museum

Dear Nicalai,

What do you think of when I say, “Museum.”  Quiet? Orderly? Many rooms?  Yeah, well, we just got back from a museum that’s nothing like that.  When you go to this museum, it’s almost like going into the wild. No kidding.

Uncle Jim, Aunt Pat, cousin Michaela, Nona, Papa, and I went to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum here in Tucson.  Tucson is a stop on our 7-month road trip. I’ve never been here.  It’s an interesting town, with old western and modern features.  You should come here sometime.  Oh, but Nona just reminded me to stick to my topic: going into the wild at a museum.

You don’t believe a museum can be wild, a desert-type wild? I met some wild creatures here.  Look at this one.

I got as close as I could to this Mexican Fireleg Tarantula, but I had to stop when my head hit glass. Bonk!

The Mexican Fireleg Tarantula is a type of spider that lives here in the desert. It’s much bigger than this little plastic jurassic.  I’m pretty sure the glass saved me from becoming a spider-snack.  If I were naming this spider, I’d add hairy, the Mexican Hairy Fireleg Tarantula. Guess spiders can’t go to the barbershop.

Among my surprises at the museum was this bird.  I don’t think of water birds living in a desert environment, but let me show you.

I think the heron had my problem. It got as close to Michaela as it could, but then its beak hit glass. Bonk, again!

Look at that beak.  That glass saved Michaela from a hole in the head.  So, it is safe to be at this wild museum.

Ever hear the term, “The Trickster?”  That’s what some Native Americans called a dog-like animal, the coyote.  Nona, Papa, and I have heard coyotes at night when we were camping.  Now, I got to see one running loose in the desert.

No glass between us and this coyote, but we couldn’t get near it, or rather it couldn’t get near us, because of a wall on the desert floor that we stood on top of and looked down from.

Coyotes are related to dogs and wolves.  I’ve seen a lot of dogs, mostly friendly ones, but Papa says to keep my distance from a coyote, if I ever see one.  I guess coyotes are not so cuddly and friendly.

Not all the wild things at this museum are scary.  It’s okay to get close to some of them, as long as we don’t do anything to hurt them.  Here’s my favorite friendly wild thing of today’s visit.

Desert butterflies are beautiful, although they look just a little burnt by the sun, don’t they?

You can see why my favorite museum ever is this desert museum.  I wish more museums could go wild like this one does.  By the way, what’s your favorite museum and where is it?

Bye!

I’m your friend.

Love,

 

 

 

Solbit

April 2017

*New reader? Get oriented below.

  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”