Here goes an entry of questionable choice. From my journal dating back to May 1990:
We are back from the pool, sitting on our front porch. The kids--Asher, Rauly, Andrew, Angelo, Andrea and Alex--are playing, well experimenting with earwig bugs.
Angelo is holding onto me now.
He has been clingy these days, which is good I guess.
He says, "I love you dad." I love him too. And he tells me to write, "We went to the pool and had fun." All of us did have fun, even I went in.
Now the others are dissecting the bugs.
"I got the pinchers off!"
"Let's see the blood."
"Let's do this to ants next."
"Get it over and then go duush."
"Oh that's even sicker."
Then Alex said, "Where is the rolly-polly?" They (rolly-polly's) were on his protected species list...
It took them an hour and a half to return and others at their camp came running to see what was happening when the three braves were within sight.
Cliff Hawk went directly to Flaming Eagle the chief. The chief was a wise man and would be able to tell him what to do. Lianne was beginning to panic, and he didn’t know what to do.
The powerful chief came to see what the commotion was about and was pleasantly surprised to see the mountain lion that Cliff Hawk killed. He looked askance when he saw the girl though. She was quiet, and the brave told the chief what had happened. Flaming Eagle nodded as if he expected this and then motioned them to follow him. They walked to see the medicine man who was along with them on this hunting trip. Rama-ho was a seer and knew many things that others had no interest in...but now, this was something everyone was wondering about. Nearly all of the hunters on this trip were following them.
Rama-ho was old, but in very good physical condition. He had much experience
dealing with other Indian tribes and was a diplomat for their tribe. He seemed
to be waiting for them.
"The woman is here," he said almost so no one else could hear. Cliff Hawk and
Flaming Eagle explained to him what had transpired in the last day. Rama-ho
kept his eyes on Lianne the whole time they talked.
"Do you understand her?" he asked Cliff Hawk.
"Yes, sir I do. She understands me too."
"Very interesting that this is coming to pass now," he muttered without explanation.
Cliff Hawk wanted to know what was happening and how to put things back to
the way that they should be. But Flaming Eagle sent all of the braves away
except for him and met with the medicine man alone in his tent.
Two things needed to be done.
One-Cliff Hawk must ask her to make the water flow again in the canals.
Two-Cliff Hawk must take her back to where he found her, so that she can
return to where she came from.
HE brought her to their fire at the center of the temporary camp, where she ate
a meal of venison and corn bread. She was timid yet appreciative. He told her
what the elders wanted of her.
"I don’t know what they mean by ‘make the water flow again,’" she was puzzled by this. After she finished the meal he led her to a temporary shelter where she rested while he went back to talk to Rama-ho. The medicine man explained that she was Tawquahdahmawk, that she was here to renew the flow of water in the canals.
Cliff Hawk tried to explain to him what Lianne had told him about not knowing
about their request, but he would not listen.
"Why else would she be here? She is Tawquahdahmawk! At sunrise we go to
Squaw Mountain and she will blow so her wind will make the water come strong again."
The brave repeated to Lianne what Rama-ho told him. "Oh my God! What have I
gotten into? But I’ll have to do it, I will pray to my God. That's all I can do."
That night Zanai gave Lianne a robe and dress from skins that Cliff Hawk had
captured. The next morning Cliff Hawk and Lianne set off for the south side of
Squaw Mountain, along with Chief Flaming Eagle, Rama-ho and five more braves. It was a short journey from their camp and Lianne was strong enough now to walk on her own. They only went about half way up the trail on the south side of the mountain because from here they could see for over 20 miles across the Sonoran Desert and the medicine man said this would be the best place to stop.
The elders stopped and said nothing, they just stared across the expance of
the desert, six miles to the southeast their village and some of the canals were
visible. Cliff Hawk’s eyes met Lianne’s, he nodded and quietly touched her
shoulder. She knew what they were expecting, and that scared her, but she went ahead with her plan--pray to her God.
Lianne was facinated by the story and Cliff Hawk had gotten lost in the
telling of it.
She had eaten some steak and vegetables while she listened and felt stronger now. She wanted to find her way back to campus, there was homework to do.
But as they left the camp area she had a horrible feeling that she wasn’t where she thought they were. An animal trail was where the concrete path should have been, there was no picnic area and no parking lot.
Lianne was in the same place as last night, just a different time!
She fainted. Her next memory was at the camp of the hunters.
He was going down and at about 250 yards along the low ridge, and could see two buzzards circling. Cliff Hawk was surprised that the big ugly birds were out at this time of day, they must have another dead cat over there. He had to find out.
Adeptly the brave made it across the dried creek, just above what would have been a waterfall if there was water. The sunlight was nearly gone, he was going to have a hard time finding his new camp if he stayed out much longer, since there was only a sliver of the moon out tonight. He made his way around a large rock that was surrounded by mesquite and creosote. At the other side was another dried creek bed and more mesquite trees, next to which a
body of a person lay motionless. Cliff Hawk had never seen a person dressed as this. He approached slowly, quietly--not sure if this being was sleeping or dead.
The body was still but he could see that this person was breathing when he
was within 10 feet. But this wasn’t a man at all! A woman lay unconscience before him. He could see the roundness of her breast rise and fall with short breaths and the curve of her hip as she lay in an awkward position on her side, as if she fell from the sky. Her skin was very light, and she had dark brown hair pulled back and tied at the back of her neck. The clothes that she wore were tight fitting. He couldn’t tell how old she was.
He picked her up and slowly made his way back to his make-shift camp. She was not heavy, but after 20 minutes in the dark, trying to negotiate the path he had taken earlier, he finally made it. He was tired.
He gently set her on the soft ground cover that he had intended for himself
and set down next to her. She was still breathing.
Sunrise the next morning was a combination of bright red,
orange and yellow, blazing on the eastern horizon behind Squaw Mountain.
Cliff Hawk knew that scouts would be sent to find him and they would be here soon.
There was no change in the woman’s condition. He dripped more water into her
parched mouth. She flinched at the first drop.
At first Cliff Hawk was startled, but then he sat back and waited, watching the woman. He waited for over an hour and then she stirred.
As she came to he made sure that she was comfortable and she mumbled
something. Her beautiful skin was so light, he had never seen anyone with as
Two braves from Cliff Hawk’s tribe arrived as the woman was beginning to
stir. They knew him and were surprised by his discovery.
"Where did you find her? Where is she from? What is she wearing?" All questions that Cliff Hawk couldn’t answer.
Presently the woman sat up. "Where am I? Who are you?"
Cliff Hawk understood her which surprised them both. The other two braves
did not know what she said, and were totally mystified by this experience. He calmed her down and assured her that they meant her no harm.
He had to carry her back to their camp. Her name was Lianne. She told him
that she was from Phoenix, but he didn’t know what she meant. Quite a lot of
what she said he didn’t understand. But he listened. It took them an hour and a
half to return and others at their camp came running to see what was happening
when the three braves were within sight.