Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Special Day and Blythe Intaglios – Mar 10, 2010

Well,  today was a banner day for me, my first Social Security check direct deposited into our checking account…Yea!!!

We decided to spend another day in Quartzsite to drive over to Blythe to visit the Intaglios.  They are about 15 miles north of Blythe on US 95.  Okay, you are wondering just what is an intaglio, well they are a group of gigantic ground figures, the largest human figure is 171’ long.  They are believed to be between 450 and 2,000 years old.  According to the Mohave and Quechan Indians, natives to the lower Colorado River area, the human figures represent Mastamho, the creator of all life.  (info from Wikipedia).  Here is another link to some photos and information.

028  025We saw four figures enclosed in three fenced areas. The ground surface is covered with dark rocks called desert varnish.  These dark rocks have been scraped off leaving the lighter colored rock/soil beneath, hence creating the design.

018Later we did some shopping in Blythe and found a glass pitcher (at K-Mart) I have been looking for.  After getting back to the coach I quickly put it use.  Bob was excited that it was “Made in France”!!

1 comment:

Travelwithwhippets said...

Congrats on your first ss check! I'm really looking forward to 2012 when Roger & I will get ours; we'll feel rich!

We plan a visit to Joshua Tree next fall, so I'm enjoying your blog on that, too. -- Dianne

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