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Blythe Intaglios Monday, June 4, 2007

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

We made it to Blythe, CA around 1:30 PM and it was hot, hot hot.  It was supposed to get up to 106 degrees.  As Paris says, “That’s hot”.  That is not the way she means it though.  We had a whole afternoon to do something so we got on the internet to see if there was anything to see in Blythe.
 First choice could be the Colorado River which is right by our campground. 

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 Let’s see what else there is to do in Blythe.  Oh, there is the Blythe Intaglios!  As we were driving into town we saw a little sign saying “Blythe Intaglios” but nothing big like advertising it like a touristy thing. 

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It is Indian drawings on the ground that is best viewed from the air. We read all about them.
So what do two 60ish, overweight, out of shape, grown ups (?) do in the 106 degree weather?  Get out and hike in the middle of the hottest part of the day, and view the sights.!!!!!!!!
We drove back along the road we had just come into town on for about 15 miles.  We turned off onto a dirt and rock road.  It was the bumpiest, rockiest road possible… The place is maintained (?) by the Dept. of Interior.  They must be trying to discourage people from coming out to look at the drawings.  The road had a post fence on both sides so you couldn’t get off the path.  Then in the distance we see a fenced in area.  We park, take our water with us and hike to the area.  The drawing showed up better upside down –from top to bottom. 

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There are over 300 of these Intaglios in the southwest and the best known are here in Blythe, CA. They said there were 6 where we were but we could only see 4.  So we continue along the rocky road.  There is a small mountain that has paths going up the side.  We thought maybe the other 2 were on top or could be seen from the top.  There is no way Rick can hike up that mountain with his bad back so Tinka volunteers to hike up and look around. 

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Half way up Tinka started thinking about rattlesnakes and what would happen is she got bit.  Then farther up the mountain she decided there was probably someone or something up at the top that would say “Surprise you fool, there is nothing up here.”  And there wasn’t!!!!!!

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The Colorado River could be seen from where we were so we figured the Indians had lived along the banks and walked over here to do their art work.  While we were hiking Rick said “I think the Indians did these drawings out of boredom.”
When we returned to the campground we pulled up this website that the writer had basically come to the same conclusion.
 This website was put together by a pilot and his photographs.
http://ronkilber.tripod.com/geoglyphs/geoglyphs.htm
 

This gives you photographs and some information.
http://www.jqjacobs.net/southwest/blythe.html

If you have Google earth you can go here and see them from the air.
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103 degrees in Las Vegas Sunday June 3, 2007

Monday, June 4th, 2007

With this post and the last one, we’re trying something new to help the pages upload a little faster.  We’ve reduced the photo size (memory) to help speed things along. 

It was going to be 103 degrees today in Las Vegas so we got up real early and headed to Blythe, CA on our way to Tucson, AZ.   The road just goes on and on!!!!

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 It is 106 here in Blythe.  It is suppose to be 109 degrees tomorrow so we again will get an early start and head to Tucson where it is cooler, only 99 degrees.  Summer has certainly arrived in the Southwest desert.

As we travel along the roads and highways we like to help the communities with their economy like eating in restaurants, buying gas, and staying in RV Parks.  Well, we really succeeded with Las Vegas.  We helped their economy a lot by leaving our money there!!!!!!!!!!

The group Creedence Clearwater was in LV June 1st and 2nd. We made reservations to see them.  After we had paid for our tickets we noticed it said Creedence Clearwater Revisited.  Ooooppps!  During their heyday their name was Creedence Clearwater Revival.  So we got on the internet and looked them up.  There were 2 oringinal members with this Revisited group.  But the main singer, John Fogerty, was not in this group.  They hired a singer that sounded like Fogerty so CCR sounded like themselves.  They sang their own songs straight for an hour and half.  The lead singer sang every song.  We really enjoyed them.  This is our first concert in a long time and things do change.  Years ago everyone would have a lit cigarrette lighter waving in the air.  People do not carry lighters like they used to so they use their open cell phones to provide light now or battery charged small lightbulbs. 

Bellagio is famous for its beautiful dancing fountain.  This is Sam’s Town’s own version.

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We had a great time in Las Vegas but it is time to move on down the road.

Las Vegas and Hoover Dam Saturday, June 2, 2007

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

The road to Las Vegas from Barstow, CA. is pretty constant and extreme.  I don’t know how the settlers made it through the Mohave Desert.  I also wonder what possessed some settlers to come to the realization that they have reached their dream land and built towns in the middle of this desolation.  What looks like a lake in the picture below is actually a huge field of sand.

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We passed more Joshua trees on our way.  These are more normal and not as full as the one in our previous post.

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We arrive at our home in Las Vegas.

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We took a day trip to the Hoover Dam which is about 30 miles from Las Vegas.  It was built from 1931-1935 and put 1000’s of people to work during the depression.We are not taking our Montana 5th wheel down that road when we leave Vegas.  It is a small 2 lane curvy road that drops down to the dam and steep down grades leaving the dam going to AZ.  Not a favorite type road with our 5th wheel behind us!!!!
 The dam area is very massive and awesome to see.  I (Tinka) remember driving there with my parents years ago and it was a very scary road  and they haven’t improved it that much.
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But now they are building a 4 lane road through there. There won’t be steep grades because they are building bridges going across the mountains now.  That looks scary also. znew-road.JPGzroad.JPGzhoover-dam.JPG

Boats can come close to the dam.

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When we left the dam and headed back to Vegas we drove around part of Lake Mead.  Lake Mead has 550 miles of beach.  Hoover Dam is behind those beautiful colorful mountains.

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As we were getting close to Henderson, near Las Vegas, we drove into a new community called Lake Las Vegas.  Beautiful homes away from the crowds of LV.  Celine Dion and people like that live in that community. 

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We are enjoying our stay here in Las Vegas.  When we stay in  a Las Vegas hotel we try to cram as many activites  as we can in our brief stay. This time we go see the sights and come back to our house and relax before heading back out to see some more.

Views out our front window Thursday, May 31, 2007

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

This is a blog we did several days ago and had trouble uploading it.

These were our views out our 5th wheel windows while we were near Sacramento.

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Tinka and I took advantage of the fishing in the private lake.  We saw someone catch an 8-pound bass, and toss it back.

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These were our views visiting our friend.  This is near Barstow, CA.  Looks almost like Barstow, TX (near Pecos, TX) except without mountains.

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Our friend has a better view than we did.

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While driving through the Mojave Desert we spotted a new cactus.  Is it a tree or a cactus?  It is a Joshua Tree which is only found in several places in the world.  Below is a link to some information.

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http://www.desertusa.com/jtree/josh_month.html

I thought this was interesting.

Mormon pioneers are said to have named this species “Joshua” Tree because it mimicked the Old Testament prophet Joshua waving them, with upraised arms, on toward the promised land. (Our specimen is a little fuller than most.  Most have only a couple of arms.)  This unique species grows abundantly at Joshua Tree National Park in California and Joshua Forest Parkway in Western Arizona.

 

We passed about 10 trucks full of garlic or onions.

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Texas has wildflowers along some of their highways in the spring.  California has oleanders planted all along their highways.  Sometimes they are planted in the median, sometimes on the left side of the highway, sometimes on the right and sometimes in all three places.  The other day we drove from Sacaremento to Bakersfield which is about 270 miles and never ran out of the oleanders.  How many plants would that take, we wondered?

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We are in Las Vegas now seeing how much money we can spend and lose.

We are taking a day trip to Hoover Dam tomorrow.

Sacramento State Capital Sunday May 27, 2007

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

It is amazing what you retain from your parents.When I (Tinka) was younger and traveling with my parents, if we went through any state capital city, we would always drive by the capital building. Since we are very close to Sacramento we had to drive by the capital building to see it.

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The different variety of flowers in CA are just beautiful, especially the roses.  There are roses everywhere.  We even saw fences along the farm roads with roses planted all along the entire length.  Well after being here we now know why the roses are gorgeous.  It is about 85 degrees during the daytime and about 50 degrees at night, the perfect temperature for flowers.

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