February 2nd, 2008

Likely itinerary

Rode from San Diego CA to Santee CA today. Tomorrow, will sleep in Alpine CA. Following days will probably be: Jacumba CA, Brawley CA, Palo Verde CA, Quartzsite AZ, Aguila AZ, Wickenburg AZ, and finally Phoenix AZ. The low mileage on the 2nd/3rd days is a result of extreme elevation changes. The low mileage today was necessary for planning purposes (since later cities until Phoenix probably won't have a large bookstore open late). I'm in the Santee Inn tonight.

Relaxing at the Ayres Inn in Alpine CA...

By necessity another low-mileage day, but I'm halfway over the mountain pass. I did better on the hills today, but I'm suspecting my training time at home would have been better spent doing long hills with the same amount of gear than it was spent trying to break my coasting bad habit through fixed-gear riding.
Relaxing at the Ayres Inn in Alpine CA...

When in Rome...

Apparently the one big attraction in this area is the mega-casino, which the motel I'm staying at offers free shuttles to and from. I don't gamble, but I find casinos fascinating.
When in Rome...

Well...

Their $13.95 buffet certainly has a nice view...
Well...

The Kumeyaay

In lieu of gambling, I found some handouts in the casino information center and did some reading.

The casino is owned by the Viejas "band" of the Kumeyaay Nation, which was the tribe whose members were apparently the first Native Americans in the current San Diego area to meet Europeans. To judge by the map, a little later in my trip I'll be riding through a corner of their reservation.

What got me thinking was how their method of conveying tribal values was originally done through songs which used the life cycle of birds as a metaphor. Notably, the adult bird pushing its fledglings out of the nest was a metaphor for the importance of the tribe's children coming into their own as adults: in other words, they used the same metaphor we use.

But here's my question: has any culture used birds pushing fledglings out of the nest as a metaphor for anything OTHER than this? In other words, instead of watching the fledgling getting pushed out of its nest and saying to your kid, "As you become an adult it will be our job to likewise encourage your independence," you instead point and say, "See what happens when little birds don't keep their nests clean?"