Friday, January 20, 2017

There Is A House In New Orleans

Where you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave...

If the Zombie Apocalypse ever (okay, when it) happens this oasis will undoubtedly become the last outpost of humanity.

Until then, it's best you don't run out of gas on your drive across the Mojave, somewhere between Needles and Barstow.

This old Route 66 haunt must have been a welcome sight in the 1960s.

Nominally located in Essex, California, Najah's Desert Oasis has a Facebook page but its webpage domain has expired.

Pet's must remain on a leash at all times. Why, so they don't snarl at terminators? So they the don't run off in the desert, never to be seen again?  Or is there something we aren't being told above this oasis?

This place has a seriously creepy, low budget, Roger Corman vibe, except it's in color.

Rajah's added immensely to my slack-jawed, gobsmacked wonder at passing through the Mojave when it's cool, wet, and green.  Normally this desert smells like burnt flint, gravel, dust.  Uncanny valley, baby!

What a long strange trip it was...

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Been Busy Climbing

To the ruins on Black Mesa...

Saturday 7 January 2016 we followed the directions at Arizona Ruins and in Hiking Ruins Seldom Seen - by Dave Wilson, parked alongside Hwy 17 at mile marker  246, then hiked 0.8 miles east and 660 feet up, to the remains of a 12th century Hohokam dwelling with cliffs on three sides.  

Some of the walls there are still 12 feet high.  

There are still peep holes with which residents could easily monitor those approaching from below.  

Not many potshards, though we found a few.  Okay, we found two...

The hike calls for some work.  I would not recommend it during the summer months as the heat will bake you and the rattlesnakes might covet your handholds.

If you're willing to do the work, it's a treasure hiding in plain sight as you drive from Phoenix to the high desert...

Been Even Busier

Off the beaten path...

We made a day trip to Pueblo la Plata in Agua Fria National Monument Friday 30 December 2016. The ground is all but paved with potshards! Most were red ware and some gray, but there were a very few beautiful pieces of (decorative/ceremonial?) black on white ware. 

There were obsidian and quartz lithic fragments as well. 

There are other unadvertised sites to visit within the monument. We'll be going back!

Been Busy Two

Plenty of pre-history in my neighborhood...

We visited Tuzigoot National Monument near Clarkdale, Arizona, Thursday afternoon 29 December 2016.

Been Busy

Visiting local archeological sites...

We visited Montezuma Well near Camp Verde, Arizona, Thursday morning 29 December 2016.