First time Seeing an Intaglio

Sorry I have gotten so behind but it’s been a busy few days.  On Wednesday the Class of 2014 girls had a women’s lunch and we had a great time talking about how the lifestyle is impacting us more than a year in.   It was a terrific conversation in an interesting setting as Cori offered us entrance to the local yacht club.  A yacht club in the desert, you say?  That doesn’t make much sense, you wonder? Understandable, as that was pretty much all of our reactions.  Greg’s parents had done some research on Quartzsite knowing that their son was going there (and how cool is that?) and bought Cori and Greg a membership to the Quartzsite Yacht Club.  Some enterprising soul started the Yacht Club many years ago and for $30 you can become a member.  Most yacht clubs across the country have reciprocal arrangements and now Greg and Cori can gain entrance to yacht clubs everywhere they go.  Yep, they are fancy like that. The yacht club has a membership of over 10,000 people and is billed as the largest (by membership count) yacht club in the world.  There must be something to the reciprocal arrangement because the place itself is your basic bar.  The prices on food are reasonable and although the burgers aren’t that great, the fish and chips was excellent and it was fun for the sheer novelty if nothing else.

The motel sign adds a special ambiance to the site

The motel sign adds a special ambience to the site

It does have a boat out front

It does have a boat out front

Inside the Yacht..not unexoected

Inside the Yacht..the flags add an international flair 🙂

From left: Deb Barb. Ellen, me, and Cori (our sponsoring member)

From left: Deb Barb. Ellen, me, and Cori (our sponsoring member)

Afterwards, we discovered the Hi Jolly cemetery was close by.  Deb loves old graveyards and Hi Jolly’s grave is the most visited spot in Quartzsite. We were instructed on how to find it by a local and after asking twice more along the way we finally found it.  For the most visited site in Q it’s not that easy to find and the locals like to gesture vaguely and say, “Walk until you see the pyramid,” which isn’t entirely accurate.  Still the story was neat and the grave very unique so I am glad we went.

Look for this sign to enter

Look for this sign to enter

This is the grave site

This is the grave site

Hi Jolly was from Syria and was recruited by the government run a pilot program for the miltary to use camels. The experiment failed but Hi Jolly stayed and became pretty legendary as a local resident. Legend has it his favorite camels ashes are buried in the time capsule in the grave.

Hadji Ali or Hi Jolly as he was called by the Americans came from Syria with 70 camels for a camel calvary experiment that was run by the military.   The experiment failed but Hi Jolly stayed and became pretty legendary as a local resident. Legend has it his favorite camel (Hop) ashes are buried in the round metal capsule in the grave.

And as if this much excitement wasn’t enough in one day, Barb decided that she wanted to check out the naked book store guy.  Yes there is a book store here in town and the gentleman who runs it is pretty famous for running the place in a loin cloth.  I had visited the bookstore when we first got here and was thrilled it was a cold day and he had his clothes on, but things have really warmed up since then.  And since Cori was driving and I was pretty much a captive audience, off we went.  They both went inside, but I stayed outside and looked at a $1 per book section.  Of course, they just couldn’t leave it at that (it’s always the quiet ones you need to watch out for) and encouraged him to come outside and say hi.  Let me just say here, there are things in life you can’t unsee, so please feel free to close your eyes and scroll past the next picture.  Also, keep in mind the front picture is waaaaay better than the backside.  I am still somewhat scarred by that view.   And it’s important to note he loves having his picture taken, practically demands you take a pic with him, so I am absolutely not sharing anything he doesn’t want to be seen. He’s also a pretty good blues musician.

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As much as I have been enjoying the quirky side of Quartzsite, I was really missing nature.  Yes we are in the middle of the desert but La Posa South hasn’t cleared out that much, plus Lee and I haven’t had any alone time in the three weeks we have been here.  We have noticed we start getting a little snippy with each other when we don’t take time for each other, so I planned a nature date for us at the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge.  Cibola was number one on my list of things to do near here because it is on the Colorado river and is a haven for wild birds in winter.  So off we went and although the visitors center was closed it was awesome.  They have a 3 mile auto tour and a 1 mile nature walk.  They ask that you stay in your car and go very slowly so you will not spook the animals. The variety we saw was amazing, and I got numerous first time bird pictures!!

So many ducks and geese

So many ducks and geese

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I spent a lot of time combing through the birds for new identifications. You can see why that would be difficult

So much water for the desert

The lower Colorado River

Family of northern pintails. first for me

Family of Northern Pintails. first for me

American Wigeon's another first

American Wigeon’s another first

It was nice seeing trees again

The 1 mile nature hike it was nice seeing trees again

they had nice benches everywhere and really recommend you sit and wait for awhile to see the birds or other widllife

They had nice benches everywhere and really recommend you sit and wait for awhile to see the birds or other wildlife

At the end of one of the trails there was a nice viewing station of the pond

At the end of one of the trails there was a nice viewing station of the pond

Beautiful trees

Beautiful trees

And nice mountain views

And nice mountain views

We saw numerous small songbirds on the trail but they were very difficult to photgraph

We saw numerous small songbirds on the trail but they were very difficult to photograph

Lee got a shot of this Yellow-rumped Warbler

Lee got a shot of this Yellow-Rumped Warbler

And this southwestern Willow flycatcher

And this Southwestern Willow Flycatcher

Birds nests everywhere

Birds nests everywhere

After the nature hike we continued on the auto tour which was laid out in four grids. the small birds were going nuts for whatever was in these fields

After the nature hike we continued on the auto tour which was laid out in four grids. the small birds were going nuts for whatever was in these fields

So of course there were hawks. Lee got this beautiful shot of an American Kestrel...a first for us

So of course there were hawks. Lee got this beautiful shot of an American Kestrel…a first for us

We saw a herd of mule deer pretty far back from the road

We saw a herd of mule deer pretty far back from the road

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And Sandhill Cranes!!! they stayed back very far as well and I was tempted to get out of the car to get the shot but I follow rules that are arround animal habitat

And Sandhill Cranes!!! They stayed back very far as well and I was tempted to get out of the car to get the shot but I follow rules that are around animal habitat.  Luckily my camera just barely got the shot

My favorite was these owl habitats they had set up which had burrowing owls living in them. They were close to the road and not afraid of the truck at all so I got tons of great shots. My first owl of any kind!!

My favorite was these owl habitats they had set up which had burrowing owls living in them. They were close to the road and not afraid of the truck at all so I got tons of great shots. My first owl of any kind.  So cool!!

Then to top it all off we saw a Giant Egret and Blue Heron

Then to top it all off we saw an Egret and Heron

Love catching these in flight

Love catching these in flight

After the auto tour we still had some time and decided to go and see the Intaglios near Blythe.  Intaglios are made by scraping away darker rock and then pushing down the stone underneath.  These results in a depression full of light stone which holds up remarkably well over time.  They are hard to see from the ground and these particular ones were first seen and reported by light aircraft.  Due to some damage being done by four-wheelers the government has put them behind a chain link fence to protect them.  Deb recommended Lee taking his drone there and I am so glad we did, because he was able to not only get aerial photos but also some cool video.  The place was pretty far down a dirt road and there was only one other couple there besides us.  It was really neat though and I am so glad that we got to see these important historical artifacts.

The entrance to the gate is carefully constructed so only walkers can get through

The entrance to the gate is carefully constructed so only walkers can get through

Each one has a plaque next to it which helped you see the picture from the ground

Each one has a plaque next to it which helped you see the picture from the ground

One of them I could get a pretty decent picture of

One of them I could get a pretty decent picture of

But Lee's drone picture was much better

But Lee’s drone picture was much better.  You can see where ATV’s made tracks and damaged the image some

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This Animal shot was nice. They are not sure what the curl at the bottom is supposed to represent

This Animal shot was nice. They are not sure what the curl at the bottom is supposed to represent

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I didn't even notice this at the time, but this is the only known Intaglio with a penis. Of course Lee picked up on that right away

I didn’t even notice this at the time, but this is the only known Intaglio with a penis. Of course Lee picked up on that right away

The surrounding Desert was also beautiful

The surrounding desert was also beautiful and you could see the farms near the Colorado river

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Lee was having a blast with the drone

Lee was having a blast with the drone

It was wonderful getting out with just the two of us and being surrounded by nature.  Have to make sure it doesn’t go so long before we do this again.  Next up we are going out to an old mining town with Cori and Greg so stay tuned.

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12 thoughts on “First time Seeing an Intaglio

  1. Great pictures. Well all but the one. I should have taken your advice and closed my eyes as I scrolled down past the bookstore owner LOL Very funny. I am glad to see your post, I was getting worried when I kept checking every day and there was nothing. I am also glad that you have not changed anything. Love to read your post and your wonderful stories. Enjoy your week.

  2. Really great pictures and I love the drone shots! The Intaglios look so cool. Sure wish I could have had lunch with my 2014 peeps at the yacht club!! In the meantime, I’ll just tough it out here in the Keys. 🙂

  3. I can’t believe I missed the ladies lunch! 😞

    LOVE all the bird pics! Would love to visit that place!

    I agree – time just as a couple is important, but understand it is hard when traveling and staying with others. Bill and I have felt that way a few times, and try to recognize it and plan time for just us. Actually, I don’t know if I ever said thanks for that chat about the Keys that one day – you know the one – I was annoyed at first (not at you – just at the truth you were putting out there) but I needed to hear it – and Bill thanks you also!

    Seeing you soon – so stock up on couple time before we arrive!

  4. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading of your adventures. The Intaglio photos are fascinating! Love that kind of stuff. Would love to see the Hi Jolly monument too! Thanks!

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