One more trip to the Grand Canyon, the third in a week. I was hoping to walk down Bright Angel Trail again, even for just half a mile or so, but the trailhead was still covered in snow, so we took a stroll along the rim walk. My first real hiking experience started here almost four years ago. In 2004 I hiked with two friends from the south rim of the grand canyon down to the Colorado River via this Bright Angel Trail and back to the rim all within one day (despite the National Park Service’s stern warning against doing this all in one day). It was probably a 14-16 hour hike roundtrip in 90-100 degree heat with a vertical climb of 1.3 km. Going down to the river was easy, but the hike back up to the rim was hell. I remember being completely exhausted at some point and had to rest my shaking and cramping legs every 100 yards or so while my more athletic friends had to wait up for me throughout the last couple of miles. But in retrospect that was an experience of a lifetime.
Went on a shopping spree for Navajo Indian rugs!
Bought the first one at a roadside market in Oak Creek Valley directly from the weaver. Her name is Manymules or something like that. $150 cash, which is a very low price for these kind of things. A good rug this size typically costs $400-600 from a native vendor/weaver directly, and probably a few hundred more at a dealer’s shop. This lady apparently isn’t very good at weaving, as there are a few imperfections in the rug. We were perfectly happy to take a less-than-perfect sample for the price. But for the finer pieces that qualify as true art work, one would have to find them in a dealer’s shop.
Bought the second rug in a dealer’s shop in Sedona. We picked out three that we liked, had all of them displayed on a blank wall, and had a hard time choosing between the two shown here. We finally settled on the brownish one. Woven by one of the very few male Navajo weavers. It is about twice as large as the first one, and costs almost 10 times as much. It took a little mental struggling to justify spending more than a thousand dollars on a rug, but it is probably a cheap price for a piece of native art, and at least it’s not an overpriced, make-belief luxury handbag with the now-ubiquitous monograms. The one on the right is smaller, but costs about $2000. I like the one on the left better, anyway.
A closer look. The central pattern is called “Burntwater.” I especially like the stick-figure little men wrapping around the corners, with their rea—–lly long necks, short legs, and teletubbie-like antenna. This one will probably go in the bedroom in our yet-to-be-found new apartment in New York.
Flew into Phoenix in the evening and stayed with Shan.
Spring break began a few hours ago. I am sitting in the train to Chicago and thumb-typing on my pda. Off to Phoenix then Sedona tomorrow.
It has just occurred to me that this is the season when I can make myself useful to my readers. Now that the application season is coming to an end, some of you might be admitted students choosing law schools, others may be considering where to apply later this year. If Michigan is one of the options you are considering, I’d be happy to offer my
unbiased information about the school and its strengths and weaknesses as compared to the other usual suspects, from the point of view of a current law student. If you are an admitted student, I’d also encourage you to visit the school during either of the Admitted Student Weekends so that you can meet others in the wonderful community of Chinese law students here at Michigan. Feel free to drop me a line at my gmail address (username littlenorth) for either purposes.
p.s., if you 1) are attending (attended) Michigan for undergrad, 2) are thinking about law school, and 3) recently contacted me about this, please email me again. Between two email addresses I can’t seem to find your email any more. Sorry.