The statue above was in the backyard of the house that my sister is renting for the month. It's a "javalina" which (from what I understand) is a fancy name for a piggy type animal that roams around in the Arizona hills and valleys. Looking it up on Wikipedia - this is what I found....
Peccaries (also known as javelinas, by the Portuguese name javali and Spanish jabalí or pecarí) are medium-sized mammals of the family Tayassuidae.
People often confuse peccaries, which are found in the Americas, with pigs which originated in Afro-Eurasia, especially since some domestic pigs brought by European settlers have escaped over the years and now run wild as razorback hogs in many parts of the United States.
Peccaries are medium-sized animals, with a strong superficial resemblance to pigs. Like pigs, they have a snout ending in a cartilagenous disc, and eyes that are small relative to their head. Also like pigs, they use only the middle two digits for walking, although, unlike pigs, the other toes may be altogether absent. Their stomach is non-ruminating, although it has three chambers, and is more complex than that of pigs.Peccaries are omnivores, and will eat small animals, although their preferred food consists of roots, grass, seeds, and fruit. One of the ways to tell apart pigs and peccaries is the shape of the canine tooth, or tusk. In European pigs the tusk is long and curves around on itself, whereas in peccaries, the tusk is short and straight.
Just what you wanted on a Wednesday morning - right? A lecture about Javalina's. They love them in Arizona - and there are pictures everywhere of the grunty beasts. I didn't see any trotting around but I am assured that they are out there. Onto the view -
This is the view from my nieces back yard - pretty nice eh? Sedona has these amazing rock formations, you can barely keep your eyes on the road.
We had fun out there in Sedona - went to a my great-niece's third birthday party; once I got over the shock of seeing a house full of 3 year olds - naked as anything - splashing in the wading pool - I was OK. 15 kids and twice as many adults. I'm not used to this... but had a great time. The next morning we went out to brunch, but went to the movies in the afternoon to get out of the heat. And boy was it hot and relentlessly sunny.
The photo's below are for you cactus crazies - they were in the backyard of the house my sister is renting.
Mom and I came back late on Monday night from Phoenix. We ran into my brother at the airport, he was supposed to have been on a plane early in the day in Phoenix, but got bumped:plane problems:lousy airlines and spent over 6 hours in Phoenix waiting for a plane. He called us to let us know so we got to the airport a bit early and got to see the family before they finally got on a plane to NYC. That made the airport experience a bit more tolerable. When I look at this picture, I can see how HOT I was from dashing thru the airport to find the family.
The week before I left, I had a cavity filled in a way back tooth, a wisdom one. I wanted it pulled instead of being filled but the dentist said "let's try a filling first". oh gee - thanks - I realize now that she doesn't pull those way-back teeth, and wouldn't have gotten the money if I'd had it pulled. It's been awful! I almost didn't go to Sedona because of the pain, and have been taking advil continuously since. I'm stuck now; don't want to get it pulled while I have visitors, but if I let the advil wear off I'm miserable. I'm calling the dentist today to get something that might last a bit longer - but oh boy - sore teeth are a misery.
Mom and I will have a peaceful week until the rest of the family get's here on the weekend. After that, chaos will reign. Small house, 7 people...
But I will enjoy it all -
HAW to everyone - and happy trails also