Friday, April 03, 2009
Wednesday, 4/1.......It was VERY windy! It was SOOOOOOOO windy that I took the satellite dish down and the slides on our 5th wheel actually moved a couple inches in and out. We'd never seen that happen. We decided to go out for a ride on the quad even though it was windy. Even though we got beat up in the wind and had sand flying at us, it was warm out and we still had a good ride. We went with the guy in the rig next to us...........Thursday, 4/2......We were suppose to go on a planned ride with the people in the RV park. For some reason it was cancelled. Some of the people still showed up to go riding cause they didn't know it was cancelled, so we went out on a ride with all of them. There were 7 quads total. The guy leading us took us to some neat places. Not very scenic like Quartzsite is, but still interesting. Lots of history here. He took us to old Fort Cummings. "Fort Cummings (1863 - 1873, 1880 - 1884, 1886), Cook Springs Composed of several single-story adobe buildings surrounded by a 10-foot high adobe wall, it was built for the purpose of keeping New Mexico from joining the Confederacy, to control the Apache Indians, and to protect the Butterfield stage route and the road to California. The fort entered caretaker status in 1870 but was reoccupied later as Camp at Fort Cummings during Apache troubles. A stage station was first located here from 1858 to 1861. Adobe ruins of the fort remain on private property." http://www.forttours.com/pages/fortcummings.asp http://www.legendsofamerica.com/nm-fortcummings.html http://www.texasescapes.com/DelbertTrew/Deadly-trail-tamed-by-fort-installation.htm The soldiers who "manned" this fort were all black. You can read about it in the second link above. A little ways from the fort are three graves. They are in Massacre Canyon. They might be soldiers or pioneers or people from the Butterfield Stage. They couldn't have been buried very deep as the rock piles on top of them are about a foot high with larger rocks. I guess some movies were filmed here too. Dan and I both love all this old stuff. We also seen some petroglyphs and grinding holes from a long, long time ago. Dan took alot of pictures of the petroglyphs. I know he took alot of petroglyph pictures, but check them out and try to figure out what these people from long ago were saying. There are some interesting pictures on the slide show.BubbleShare: Share photos - Play some Online Games. We both think they seen aliens. Some of the pictures look pretty strange to both of us. Just our opinion. He had climbed way up a rock wall to take these pictures and found one of the caves that people had lived in. He said that you could still see the black smoke on the ceiling from fires that had been built. Dan took pics of the grinding holes by standing above them. I can't even imagine grinding my corn/maze or whatever in these holes.BubbleShare: Share photos - Play some Online Games. What alot of work in order for you to have a meal! Can you see the women grinding away and sharing gossip among themselves? Or maybe hoping that the men would be bringing home some meat for the meal? I know that this was the only life these people knew, but can you imagine not having your stove top range, microwave, coffee maker, tv, quad, etc?????????? Sitting at the old grinding hole and hanging out at the fire getting dinner ready isn't my idea of fun. Sounds like camping to me. hahahahaha. No caves or holes in the rock wall for me, thank you very much!.............Then we have the critters around our rig at the RV park. I love the bunnies. I took some pictures of one that came right up to our rig and was enjoying some grapes that somehow had escaped from my hand to the ground. He/She sure wasn't afraid of me being so close, right at the open door of our rig taking pictures. The roadrunner came right up to the door too, checked me out taking a pic of him, then ran off.BubbleShare: Share photos - Easy Photo Sharing Just a few scenery pictures. BubbleShare: Share photos - Easy Photo Sharing Friday, 4/3......Today is just WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too windy. I still have the satellite dish down. The local people around here say that they've never seen it this windy for this long of time. Since we've been here, its been VERY high winds and wind gusts about every 2 days. They says its always a little windy, but not like this. Dan is out quad riding with some guys in the RV park. Probably alot of sand being blown around out there today. Tonight is a potluck here at the park. We'll be going to that armed with pasta salad and white chocolate fudge. YUM!!!!!!!!!!!