MY SHADOW POINTS DIRECTLY TO THE MIDDLE OF A LARGE MYSTERIOUS CIRCLE ON THE DESERT FLOOR
Received an email from reader Mark Watson Wednesday saying, ‘Hello Al and Kelly, have you seen the desert circle in google earth just south of Palm Canyon road?
It's about halfway from hwy 95 and the palm canyon trail head parking lot’……… Well, that had me fueling up my Google Earth machine first thing this morning for a fly over of our area here along Palm Canyon Road. Mark had sent a Google Earth photo so had an idea what I was looking for. Spotted a large perfectly symmetrical round object. And surprisingly it was only about a quarter mile from where we were parked. So you know where we headed for on our walk this morning.
THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE FROM GOOGLE EARTH
Fanning out a bit we walked parallel south of Palm Canyon road heading west. There are large expanses of rock hardened desert in this area making it popular for boondockers. It was in one of these large areas I spotted something ahead. Had I not specifically been looking for something low on the ground I could have easily missed it. But sure enough there it was not far off Palm Canyon Road. We have come across things like this before in the desert but never anything this large & never so perfectly laid out.
NOTICE HOW PERFECTLY THIS HAS BEEN DONE
We think this is an Indian Medicine Wheel or what is commonly called a Labyrinth. Someone has obviously made this but we are kind of baffled as to how it was done. The symmetry just seems too perfect. Was some kind of machine used? If it was made by hand it must have taken a very long time to do it. Couldn’t find anything on the internet about this particular circle either. Bit of a mystery.
KELLY FINDS SOME THINGS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CIRCLE
ON THE LEFT IS THE BEGINNING OF THE CIRCLE & ON THE RIGHT IS THE CIRCLES EXIT
Ann & Bill had told us of some tanks (water holes) located over in the Castle Dome mountains south of us so our mission this morning was to find those tanks. Despite good directions we did temporarily misplace ourselves for a bit. But no problem & we soon had ourselves back on track again & it wasn’t long before we were on the road heading for ‘Horse Tank.’
WE TEMPORARILY MISPLACED OURSELVES FOLLOWING THIS ROAD
Again, if one does not have a high clearance 4 wheel drive vehicle one is probably not going to get to see a large part of what the great South-West has to offer. For you folks out there putting your future RV dreams together with outdoor interests in the western States I highly recommend you get yourselves a sturdy high clearance 4x4 vehicle for a toad. Pick-up truck, Tracker, Jeep, whatever. We are even seeing larger SUV’s out & about in the desert now.
REGAINED OUR BEARINGS & WE WERE BACK ON TRACK AGAIN
We followed the rough & tumble road in behind the Castle Dome mountains to a box canyon. Could see there was no way out of the Canyon so knew we had to be close to our destination. But what a surprise when we got to the end of the road. We had not expected anyone to be there & were looking forward to one of our quiet exploratory hikes. Not to be.
Imagine our surprise to see a large group of people at the Horse Tank trailhead way back in the middle of nowhere so to speak. Probably close to a dozen vehicles. Kelly got out to talk to the group while I parked the Jeep. One of them said to Kelly, “bet you thought you drove into a Wal-Mart parking lot. Matter of fact we did. Pheebs made immediate friends with a dog by the name of Dally & it took us a little coaxing to get her to come with us on up the trail. Again, how nice to be surrounded by nature’s bountiful beauty.
Made our way a short distance to the first of 4 tanks we would see today. Always impresses me to see a body of water in the desert mountains. A deep dark green in color with grass growing along the water’s edge. Even saw a Critter Cam fastened to a tree stump so I guess the Kofa folks are monitoring the many animals who come to these natural watering holes to drink. Big Horn Sheep, Mule Deer, Coyotes, Mountain Lions, Rabbits, Quail, etc. When it rains water is naturally funneled down the surrounding mountain sides. Over centuries that water has cut paths through the rocks creating waterfalls which in turn creates large holes in the rock. It is those holes where water remains in pools. And they are called tanks.
WATER CUTS CHANNELS THROUGH THE ROCK
PHEEBS GRABS A DRINK AT HORSE TANK
A GRASSY PATH AROUND THE TANK TAKES US CLOSER TO THE CRITTER CAM
CRITTER CAM ON THE RIGHT
KELLY EASES BY THE WATER’S EDGE
STANDING ATOP HORSE TANK LOOKING BACK TOWARDS THE TRAILHEAD
Whenever surrounded by hills, ridges, & high rocks one is often impelled to climb higher if for no other reason than to see what is on the other side. And so it was today as we made our way up the rocky slopes in search of 3 more tanks called, Gray, Arch, & Bandy. We knew Robin, Black, & the Hollow Rock tanks were too high for us to reach. Of course we didn’t know where the tanks were but this is where the group of people we had met at the trail head came in handy. They were all young folks & they spilled up threw those rocks like nobody’s business. We could see them on up ahead of us & could see they had found a couple more tanks. We eventually got up with them although we had started out ahead of them. Might have something to do with the age factor here.
I THINK PHEEBS IS PART BIGHORN SHEEP THE WAY SHE SCRAMBLES AROUND THE ROCKS
Kelly had stopped for a rest & went ahead scrambling up over the rocks looking for an easier way upwards. Stopped to talk with a couple of the folks & one guy noticed I had a big Teddy Bear Cholla sprig stuck on my shoe. Got what I thought was all it off with my tweezers but one fella noticed I still had some barbs in my shoe so he pulled them out for me. Eyesight just isn’t quite the same anymore. Like I said….might have something to do with the age factor ya know:((
ANOTHER TANK ON THE RIGHT
I ended up taking a few photos of these folks because they added a lot of perspective to the surrounding rocks. Mentioned to a couple fellas I would have the photos up tonight in case they wanted to have a look so have included them all.
PHEEBS SAYS DON’T GET TO CLOSE TO THAT CHOLLA MA’AM OR YOU’LL BE SORRY
Click photos to enlarge them
All & all another great day. Got to travel some roads we’ve never been on before & see some sights we have never seen. For both of us that constitutes both a mentally & physically good day. Course any day out here in the wilds of the West is a good day:))
PHEEBS IS ALWAYS THERE TO HELP KELLY OVER THE ROUGH SPOTS
YEP, THAT’S PHEEBS & I WAY UP THERE
WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN BUT NOT TOO GRACIOUSLY I MAY ADD
PHEEBS EASES BY A PRETTY BUT NASTY TEDDY BEAR CHOLLA
PHEEBS PAL DALLY WATCHES AS WE PULL AWAY
We moved our rig this afternoon. Not far, just a few hundred yards north & further away from the road. We are a little closer to RV SUE & HER CANINE CREW now. Slipped out just about the time old Sol was slipping over the horizon for another day & snapped a few photos of Sue’s rig & our other neighbors Ann & Bill about half a mile to the East. Sitting at my driver’s seat computer station I can look out & see Ann & Bill through my passenger window & Sue off to the left through our windshield. And backgrounding them both are the mighty & magnificent Kofa Mountains………….Ahhhhhh, what life:))
THAT’S RV SUE OUT THERE IN SUNSET’S FIERY GLOW
PALM CANYON IS DEAD CENTER & THAT’S ANN & BILL’S RIG ON THE RIGHT
AND THIS IS OUR NEW LOCATION AT THE END OF THE DAY
By the way I really like my new sleeping bag. Keeps me roasty toasty. I remember getting a sleeping bag for Christmas when I was a kid & I practically lived in the thing. Couldn’t wait to go to bed at night & climb into it. It was like I had my own little world going on in there. It’s a kid thing you know………………..:))
GROANER’S CORNER:(( The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture. "Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, 'There's Jennifer; she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael, he's a doctor.'"
A small voice from the back of the room rang out, "And there's the teacher; she's still old, nasty, and wrinkled."
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love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
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- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
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Great post. The circle is really fascinating. Let us know if you find out any more on who could have created it. Smart Pheebs to stay away from the sticky bushes.ReplyDelete
Great day in the desert. That labyrinth is curiously amazing.ReplyDelete
The sights you saw and the hike you took are amazing. I would have been able to keep up with you when I was in my 30's.
Thanks for posting the beautiful pics for us to see.
Another fun day of exploring, love the circle.ReplyDelete
Al/Kelly, very nice post...I enjoyed the tour and the photos makes it feel we are there with you. When we were there a couple of years ago we drove out a long gravel road to an old mining community. Pretty neat. Glad to see U both out and enjoying life. May the new year bring U both health and safe travels. Joe & NancyReplyDelete
That circle is fascinating... I'm going to have to find out more....ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for this post:) These are all the reasons I love the west. Can't wait to get back!!! Your posts keep me going while here in very flat FL.ReplyDelete
I believe you have a beautiful Medicine Wheel near by in Wickensburg. The blog with horse riders posted about it. We weren't there long enough to find it without horses but next time we will. It was beautiful.
That labyrinth would be amazing anywhere but the middle of the desert--and with such regular circles? And the writing? Mysteries are so cool! Also loved your journey looking for the tanks & the daddy carrying his little one! It's such a gift for childrene to teach them a love of nature & the outdoors! Great photos and what a great way to spend Boxing Day!ReplyDelete
what a fantastic labyrinth or medicine wheel and what a fantastic day in the desert.
Take it from someone who's been there and done that. When we started fulltiming, we had a small Chevy sedan. Being from FL we had no ides there were so many places out west we wouldn't be able to get to. The Subaru we bought in 2012 has been worth every penny. Hope to visit KOFA next month. Last time we were in that area the description of the roads kept us away.ReplyDelete
Great photos! We just love the desert.
My cousin is a rancher and also grows dryland wheat. I've watched him make circles like that with his equipment just for fun - he does it in corners of the field. If someone were to do that and then go back and fix where the tractor drove out so it doesn't show - insto presto - a very cool mystery.ReplyDelete
I love that you 3 camper folk are sharing good times and beautiful places! We visited Bill and Ann when they were in Elephant Butte this year and bought one of her amazing stained glass windows for the MotherShip! That circle thing is so mysterious! Gets my brain all scrambled trying to figure stuff like that out! Glad you are having a good camp experience!ReplyDelete
Very nice !!! so much to look at and read about. Have to come back to this later.ReplyDelete
I suspect there was post in the middle, and they had a plow of some sort attached to a long rope. As the rope wound around the center post, it got shorter, pulling the plow towards the center in a nice even spiral. Now, to find who did it.ReplyDelete