Sunday, October 2, 2011

Back From Las Vegas, Going Back to School and Back Out on Patrol. . .

Now that my Las Vegas vacation is over, it's time to get back into the swing of things. Summer is finally over, the temperatures are finally falling below 100 degrees and my activity level is increasing. Bright and early this morning, we engaged in another patrol for drug smugglers in the Sonoran Desert National Monument south of Interstate 8. We were out in the field before sunrise.

During this morning's patrol, an interesting item was discovered abandoned out in the desert. It was a sandal made out of an old tire. I remember seeing these sold by street vendors down in Nogales, Son. years ago. I suspect cheap Chinese imports have cut into the recycled shoe market as I have not seen these around in abundance as of late.

Similar sandals are also common on the African continent. The patrol volunteers that found this sandal, recognized it from his Vietnam days. He joked about having “flashbacks” They were nicknamed "J.C. Waterwalkers" (Short for Jesus Christ Waterwalkers.) Firestone was the particular brand these sandals were made from.

What Are Huaraches?

A huarache is a Mexican sandal that traditionally is made from a leather weave and a recycled tire sole. Huaraches are popular throughout most of North and South America. Need some tough warm weather footwear? A huarache sandal might be just the thing. The hand-made craftsmanship, the strong leather designs, and recycled tire sole, remind us of a Mexican tradition that has lasted for centuries. These days, huaraches can be found in all shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. is your guide to understanding and finding the best sandals for you and your lifestyle.

Blown Tire Shoes

I see blown truck tires along the road every few miles on my daily drive to work; I thought it would be cool to make some shoes out of them. So I finally pulled over an grabbed a tread (Watch out for stabbing steel cords at the edges of the tire scraps.) These things are a little tough and messy to make, but they use all recycled materials except for the glue.

After a more than a quarter of a century, I'm back in college talking classes. I have not been a student since receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984. I have enrolled in a non credit course called the Fundamentals of Search and Rescue at the Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus. I thought it would be helpful to have more education and skills for our desert activities.

The initial cost of the course was $35.00. Unfortunately, after attending the first class, I learned that there would be additional fees, materials and equipment that I would have to acquire. These things are considerably more than $35.00. This will be above and beyond the $200+ I factored in for gasoline. Hopefully, I will be able to continue.

Fundamentals of Search and Rescue - Intermediate level course for search and rescue field personnel

The Fundamentals of Search and Rescue (FUNSAR) course is the second, intermediate level of NASAR courses. It provides knowledge concerning the general responsibilities, skills, abilities, and the equipment needed by persons who are assigned to field operations during a SAR mission.

The FUNSAR course also provides the student with practical exercises in addition to practice search mission where the students are required to have the proper equipment and stay out in the field during daylight and nighttime operations. The course content includes topics in three major areas: survival and support, search and rescue. This course is based around the rural and wilderness environments but the material is recommended as a basis for all SAR environments.

Chandler woman arrested for drug and human smuggling near Maricopa

Monday morning, around 5:30 am, a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol noticed two vehicles traveling westbound on State Route 84, near the junction of Interstate 8.

As the deputy followed the vehicles, the lead vehicle, a 1997 Ford Expedition, turned east off SR84 as the trailing vehicle, a 2004 Chevrolet sedan fell behind. He also observed several other indicators which lead him to believe the vehicles were involved in some type of smuggling operation.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “It’s very disheartening when we see someone, not only from our own country but also our community actively engaged in human and drug smuggling. I commend my deputy for his judgment and appreciate the Ak Chin Police Department’s cooperation to help bringing Mrs. Rivera’s criminal activity to an end.”

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry” --Ernest Hemingway

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