Denise of Sassie’s on da Road took the first photo a week before the opening of the “big tent”. The size of this group more than doubled by the time the RV and Travel Show began on January nineteenth. Two weeks later the area looks like my photo on the right. That motorhome in the distance is our haven. I have got to get a camera with more telephoto options! lol
John and I had the opportunity to meet and make many new friends while everyone was there. Minnesota, Wyoming, Canada, Colorado, Alaska, Texas, and of course, Indiana was represented in our group.
In addition to shopping, we have been exploring. One excursion was on Plomosa Road. The further east we traveled he mountains changed in subtle ways. Color and texture changes were evident. In that area there is an abundance of Cholla cacti. Some are pretty to “LOOK” at. Just do not get too up close and personal. They love to attach themselves to your shoes and appendages. Ouch!
Chola was just the beginning of our discoveries. Just beyond this Chola and Saguaro was one of our destination. We were drawn here by the change of texture and color of the rocks and mountains. We carefully avoid our sticky friends, escape the Palo Verde tree and creosote bushes and reach the foot of this mountain with all it’s nooks and crannies. Some look like caves, some like just holes in the rock. Whatever they are, we have to explore! They are calling us. John was the first up to explore this one. I follow to administer first aid, if needed.
We move onto the next challenge.
This was it! And do you see the rock at the top that kind of looks like a frog? It was just hanging on to what looked like a thread! And the blue dot in the cave like area on the right? That was the opening to the top of this mountain. What more could you ask for?
We did it!
He did it! “Now,” he says…. “what’s next?”
And to think this man was on a respirator eleven months ago – fighting for his life.
GOD IS GOOD
Do you think I’m hamming it up a bit here? Nah… not me!
Now to get off this thing! Sometimes going up is easier than going down. This was one of hose times….but we made it safe and sound.
We find a promise of Spring being just around the corner. Of course the temperature reached the seventies while we were there, but who is counting, right?
As we were walking to the car John accidentally dislodges a young Cholla from it’s “home”. So he decides to replant it. But, this Cholla loves him sooo much that it decides to stick to him. Well, not exactly. Do you remember what I said about these prickly cacti? Yep, it stuck to one hand, so he pulls it off with the other. Guess what? It stuck there too. The only place that does not stick is it’s root system. So I gather the courage to get one root and pull. Off! Now John pulls on another root, places that little pest into it’s pre-prepared new home and I kick the sand around it. Voila! Done!
Off we go, again, to the car. Ahh, what is this cute little critter? Well, I have not been able to identify this lizard. Hopefully one of you readers can help me with the name of this little guy/gal.
Among the locals this site is a bit debated. Some believe it is genuine and others believe it was created by some of General Patton's men. General Patton did extensive tank training in this region (Camp Bouse was a training base for war in Africa). And you can still find tank tracks in the area which are over 60 years old!
The photograph below was taken with a camera attached to a kite. Neither my camera nor my kite.
To understand the size of this geoglyph, look at the bottom of the photo. There are two people standing next to a fencepost. The hike from the pull-off for this site was another third of a mile hike for John. It was up hills and down and up etc. He never ceases to amaze me.
On the way back to the car, I veered off the path to look at some volcanic rock. What I found was a symbol of life in the Sonoran desert. Tenacity is the word that comes to mind. Life continues to go on in the harshest conditions. In summer, the temperatures will reach one hundred twenty degrees. We will not be here!
Speaking of tenacity, can you imagine traveling from New Jersey (Atlantic Ocean) to almost the Pacific Ocean in the 1800’s? Traveling from Indiana to southwest Arizona was quite a trip. And we have the comfort of a motorhome!
Thomas Quinn made that trip to mine in the area. He constructed his home at this location. In addition to the home, he built a cistern for water and passers by would stop to refill their water supply.The sign said that remains of the cistern were there, but we could not find them. There was a long, dirt road that went up into the Black Mountains, but I didn’t want to take the Miata up there. You can see the road below and to the right of the sign.
We have found the Bouse area to be very interesting. So much attention is designated to Quartzsite, that we did not even know about Bouse until we stumbled across it traveling east on Plomosa Road.
Twenty miles east of Bouse, in the remote Butler Valley, is Camp Bouse. The secret Army base built to train men with a "new" tank designed for night warfare. Camp Bouse memorial monuments are located on Hwy 72, across from the A & C Mercantile Co, in Bouse. The 2nd weekend of Feb every year there is a WWII Camp Bouse dedication and reunion on Saturday and tours to the original Camp Bouse on Sundays.
Thirty miles east of Bouse is the famous Swansea Ghost Town, once a copper mining community, where buildings and remnants still exist.
Previously we had planned to leave LaPosa South tomorrow. Now, we have decided to stay until the first of the week to visit the WWII Camp Bouse events. The tours to Camp Bouse is very high on our priority list but with low expectations. At least we will be having a great history lesson.
Just to let you all know that John is well taken care of, here is the latest photo of one of our fur kids taking care of Dad as he does more research on his computer. Note he either hair wash or massage. I have not yet decided which.
Noah did ask me to tell you all bye for now. It is time for mom to fix lunch….. finally!
God bless you all, travel safely out there. It is windy today.