Monday, 25 January 2016
Scratchin' Our Asses
Today was a fun day! Our friends Syd and Lynda took us out to the Valley of Names or Graffiti Mesa (we're not sure what it's called). It is awe-inspiring to see miles of names written on the desert floor with rocks. This has been going on since the 1940's, when Patton's army was stationed nearby. The story is that the guards got bored and started writing their names with stones. People have been going out there ever since, which is quite amazing since the road is definitely not made for little Chevy Sonics. So many people have gone out there that there are very few rocks left and you now have to bring your own! Syd offered to leave us in the desert so we could do our own names but we politely declined.
On the way back, we rounded a corner and came across three wild burros. The burros are descendants of the animals that were brought out here during the gold rush. There are hundreds, if not thousands, in the desert around Yuma but they are pretty reclusive. These 3, however, were pretty friendly. We fed them apples and carrots and they even allowed us to scratch them. Carm was like the ass-whisperer....she almost put one of them to sleep.
It has been a trifle cool here all winter. Still, it came as something of a shock to see snow covering the ground.
Just kidding.... this is salt that leaches out of the ground.
We ended our day by visiting two different lakes. Who knew there would be so much water in the desert?! Mitry Lake is less than 15 minutes from us. You can boondock (dry camping) there for free. At the rate the Canadian dollar is falling, this may have to be an option for next year.
It was another great day in the desert! Looking forward to our next adventure!