Ready Mix

by Mark Hahn

ready_mix-4Sometimes you just have to get in the car and drive out into the unknown and find something new. Last Saturday was one of those times. Kim and I met at the TTT Truck Stop and then headed out of town. We looked at the map before leaving, but really we had no idea where we were going or what we were looking for. Sometimes you just have to know what it is when you find it.

After we drove through the city on the I-10, we headed west on Avra Valley Rd. Crosses and makeshift shrines commemorating locations where people had died lined the road. Telephone poles and wires cut across the hills.

As the sun was setting, we drove past the mounds of sand and gravel for Oremus Materials, Inc. — a local ready-mix concrete facility. Several small batching plants could be seen from the road. Lines of transit mix trucks were lined up to deliver fresh loads of concrete wherever it was needed.

The night was still as the sun set over the desert around us and the soft clouded twilight gave the ready mix facility a tranquil desolate dream like feel. We walked silently along the perimeter taking photos. While there were a few lights burning in the distance, there was no sign of anyone inside the facility. There were definitely no security guards on duty — unless they were off playing poker or web surfing in one of the distant trailers.