How’d that Peccary Get in the House… Sedona Series

Peccary in Kingman, Arizona Museum of History.

This peccary was trying to get in the door.

I was going to write about Indian Rock Art today, but I ran out of time. So I decided to do a quickie. (And no, for those of you who think that way, it wasn’t that type of quickie.)

I woke up one night in Sedona and heard snorting outside our room, lots of snorting. It was the kind of snorting that made me check the door to make sure it was locked. The next morning, in the light of the day, mind you, I went searching for source. As it turns out, peccaries often make nighttime sorties onto the property of the Arroyo Robles Resort. As a general rule, they don’t eat people.

In the interest of transparency, a peccary didn’t get inside our house. I caught the guy in the photo hanging out in the Mojave Museum of History in Kingman, Arizona. He apparently did want in, however. Fortunately, he was stuffed. So was the bobcat. I don’t think Andy Devine was but he liked to stuff himself. Check out the humongous director’s chair.

I've run into several bobcats over the years, but none looked quite as ferocious as this fellow.

I’ve run into several bobcats over the years, but none have looked quite as ferocious as this fellow.

Old Andy here, might send half of my readers running to Google, but he was BIG in the 50s, and also the 40s and 30s. Peggy and I could have shared that chair together.

Old Andy here, might send half of my readers running to Google, but he was BIG in the 50s, and also the 40s and 30s. Peggy and I could have shared that chair together.

The museum was packed full of interesting, and I might add, amusing things, like the sign below.

I can guarantee you that you would not find this sign at Burning Man where the guy costume of a day is often a tutu.

I can guarantee you that you would not find this sign at Burning Man.

Outside of the museum I found contrasting murals of vehicles that once traveled over Historic Route 66. The museum sits alongside the old highway. Travelling back in time, which of these vehicles would have been your vehicle of choice?

Route 66 mural in Kingman, Arizona.

Route 66 mural in Kingman, Arizona.

Or are you the Volkswagen van kind of person? That’s what I drove in the 70s. But I didn’t plaster it with bumper stickers like I found on this vehicle in Jerome. I found “heavily medicated for your safety” rather amusing.

VW Van in Kingman, Arizona

Peggy and Leslie did a little self-medicating at a pub in Sedona. Did it make the world a safer place? I don’t think so. But it did help them find Snoopy up in the rocks.

Pubs often serve what are known as flights (samples) of the beer they serve. But I've never seen them quite as generous as these.

Pubs often serve what are known as flights (samples) of the beer they serve. But I’ve never seen them quite as generous as these. The girls were happy. Quite happy.

Snoopy rock formation in Sedona, Arizona.

Yes, there is a rock formation known as Snoopy in Sedona. You can see it off to the right of the large formation. If not, try a flight of beer, or wine, or….     NEXT BLOG: I will get back to the Native American Rock Art, or maybe I will tell you how to pick up a copy of my book. (grin)

 

 

 

30 comments on “How’d that Peccary Get in the House… Sedona Series

  1. It’s a funny thing about bumper stickers Curt. People that get beyond 1 or 2 seem to hit the slippery slope and plunge into excess. But they make for interesting vehicles. I love the “Drugs Lead Nowhere, but it’s the scenic route.” ~James

    • Yes I am. It would be fun to meet you. In fact I am seriously contemplating writing a book about Burning Man. I just published my book on my Peace Corps experience in Liberia, West Africa and need a new challenge. 🙂 –Curt

  2. I’d be driving a ’57 Chevy. Red and white. No bumper stickers, but fuzzy dice would be ok.
    And on the radio? This.

    I thought I recognized that peccary. Turns out they are also called javelina. Those are tough customers! I’d not want one snuffling around.

    I haven’t thought of Andy Devine in forever. Wild Bill Hickok wasn’t my favorite, but I did watch from time to time. Did you know/remember that Andy is mentioned in Jimmy Buffett’s “Pencil Thin Mustache”? Yup. Now, ask me where my car keys are.

    • “Fun, fun, fun till daddy takes the T-bird away.” I drove a 54 Chevy. Belonged to my parents but I was scrambling to put my hard earned dollars way for college instead of a car in high school.

      Yes on Jimmy Buffet’s “Pencil Thin Mustache.”

      As for peccaries/javalinas, they are noted at times for their bad dispositions.

      Curt

    • Hey, every $2.99 helps. 🙂 A big thank you James and Terri. Hope you enjoy the stories. They are pretty much written like I write my blog, minus the photos. Sometime this next week I’ll do a blog on the book. –Curt

  3. Glad you clarified that that the peccary in the photo was stuffed. Otherwise it seemed uncomfortably close. I would choose the Corvette, and if I was driving in Sedona, the top would be down. But that VW is pretty remarkable. There’s a “Keep Portland WEIRD” sticker, that I see on every 10th car here. The really dedicated Portlanders will display the sticker upside down, though. 😉

    • Good thing to keep Portland weird, Crystal. Doesn’t seem to be a problem in my neck of the woods in Oregon. 🙂 The peccary was a bit on the intrusive side. They did a good job of making him ‘real.’ –C

    • Peggy has a great smile, grin. Book… The Never Ending Story: final, final corrections are going in today. I had several friends read the beta printed version. It’s amazing how much you can miss, even after numerous read-throughs. Today I am setting up the print on demand option for folks who prefer a printed copy. When will all of this be done. Soon, I hope. 🙂 –Curt

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