Rock work circa 1980

White wolves at the White Wolf Mine? 

Don’t count it out too soon. The pack of wolves that the Arizona Department of Game and Fish introduced into the wild in the area have been sighted about eight miles from the hovel currently under construction.

With highs in the 60’s during Christmas week (not winter weather in the least), the construction is moving forward at an acceptable rate. More on that below. Wolves have not been harrying the tradesmen at the White Wolf Mine, but one would expect them to show enough respect  to let the men keep on with their important work. Nether have bears appeared to steal the worker’s picnic baskets. However there are elk up there almost every morning. Elk are curious beasts and they like to walk right up to the construction and inspect changes.

There are also Coues Deer (Western White Tail Deer) and Mule Deer on the property most mornings, but they’re not nearly as nervy as the elk are.

People have asked me what one can do in the area besides hunting, fishing, watching eagles, buffalo and so forth. Jack’s Canyon offers some interesting climbing experiences for those who are somewhere between climbing up onto a bar stool and climbing Everest in their skill sets. I haven’t done any technical climbing since I was in the Navy, which is weird because age wise, I just missed the age of wooden sailing ships.

I realize that fast-roping out of a CH-43 (left) doesn’t count as “climbing” in the least, but allow an old man to reflect on the years of razzle-dazzle.

In any event, the Jack’s Canyon climbing environment offers some technical challenges that can be exploited from time to time without having to drive nearly as far as the swells who train there do.

The progress of the project is evident from photos.

The lower floor/basement is left of the block wall. The main floor sits atop
that and begins far to the right of the block wall that crosses the photo.

Wolf Leadership

(h/t Ivan Ginsberg) A little food for thought… A group of wolves: The three in front are old and sick, they walk in front to set the pace of the running group lest they get left behind. The next five are the strongest and best, they are tasked to protect the front side if there is an attack. The pack in the middle are always protected from any attack. The five behind them are also among the strongest and best; they are tasked to protect the back side if there is an attack. The last one is the LEADER. He ensures that no one is left behind. He keeps the pack unified and on the same path. He is always ready to run in any direction to protect and serves as the ‘bodyguard’ to the entire group. Just in case anyone wanted to know what it really means to be a leader. It’s not about being out front. It means taking care of the team.


  1. I was just thinking your freezer will never be empty. Plenty of good eating out there.

    Glad they are leaving your construction crew alone and things seem to be on schedule.

    God bless.

  2. Hope the weather holds for you.

    Isn't leadership analyzing the situation and responding appropriately? Lead from wherever maximizes the mission.

  3. No, Barack would be sunning himself on the golf course 4,000 miles away, surrounded by bodyguards and surveillance systems while the taxpayers funded his laziness.

  4. Leadership involves every element from situational deployment to motivating and disciplining, planning (with a hint or more of vision) and execution of the plan. Wolves rely on instinct and defer to the wiser and more motivated among the pack.

    During sustained warfare, the curs are usually found out for who they are and they're removed by command or frag. History shows us that takes some time. We operate in larger groups than wolves do.

  5. Wolf packs ARE smarter than quite a few humans… sigh… Glad y'all have the weather for the progress to continue on the place! Happy New Year to you and yours, too!

  6. Yay, progress on the White Wolf! Here's hoping the weather holds for your project.
    We are praying for rain here.

    It works for the wolves because there are no sheep in a wolf pack.

  7. Yes, Unicorns attack where you are most vulnerable. They're progressively treacherous beasts, but the steaks, marinated in liberal tears are delicious.

  8. They are clearly kinder to the old and weak than they are. In North Korea the elderly are worked to death and then are used to fertilize the soil.

  9. We don't want any rain up on the WWM property unit the roof is on at the end of February.

    No sheep or sheeple in a wolf pack.

  10. I hope the trees are cut back a bit further from the house than than the camera perspective gives, in case of a big burn.

    BTW, what's the altitude of the compound (because you know that's what CNN will call it if it becomes more newsworthy than a hostile Muslim nation in revolt against the mullahs). Between altitude and humidity, I'm sure the general area must be more habitable from May to October than Texas, Florida, or Mars. But at least Mars is months to years away from Congress, while Arizona is too close. I guess I'd emigrate like my traceable ancestors did, from 1633 to 1749 (though there's a very good chance a few came from a few millenia earlier since a handful are French-Canadien from the time of Riel's War, plus some blind ends in the 17th Century).

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