Despite a high thin cloud cover & slightly cooler temps we were all back into the Jeep this morning & off out into the desert. A favorite walking area around House/Indian rock was our destination. Winding around on a narrow hard packed sandy Jeep road we made our way through clumps of Mesquite, Palo Verde, & Creosote bushes. Twenty minutes later we were standing in the shadow of House rock.
CHECKING OUT SOME MORTEROS & PETROGLYPHS
A few photos around the big boulder then headed off walking south through a bunch of various cactus plants including Prickly Pear, Hedgehog, & tall Saguaros. Made our way through a scattering of large boulders & Ocotillo plants. The scenery here just goes on for miles out over the desert floor with mountains ringing all horizons. Backed by a mountainous hillside of ancient boulders we were careful of the many cactus barbs ready to stick an unsuspecting hiker. Long pants & good foot gear are a must in these types of terrain. But oh the beautiful desert landscape…………
LOOKS LIKE GEORGE HAS GOT SUZIE LOOKING FOR THOSE GOLD NUGGETS NOW AS WELL
THIS IS FREE RANGE CATTLE LAND SO ONE MUST BE EVER VIGILANTE FOR COWS ON THE ROAD
THIS MOM HAS GOT SOME LITTLE CUTSIE PATOOTSIE’S WITH HER
From House Rock we made our way back through the green Sonoran desert to Congress a short distance away & headed out to the end of Ghost Town Road for a look at the 2 old cemeteries located on the old town site of Congress. A wee walk around in the older Pioneer cemetery then a drive down around the old Congress Gold Mine site. From there it was a short drive through a small cluster of dusty desert houses near the mine & back home again. It was 11:30 & all agreed to meet up again at the Jeep for a short drive to the Congress Depot/Mercantile at 1 o’clock.
NICE DAY FOR A STROLL THROUGH AN OLD CEMETERY
AND THESE 2 ARE JUST A STROLLIN ALRIGHT
Cloud cover had thickened & a cool wind had picked up by the time we all set out again. The Congress Depot Mercantile is less than 5 minutes from our house so we weren’t long getting there. Lots of neat-o stuff in this place. The big wooden building was once the original Congress train station & has now been transformed into an artsy kind of place with lots of great stuff for sale. We bought a few pieces of furniture for our house here & Kelly has outfitted herself with some groovy western ware. They now have a quaint little snack bar restaurant & are building a small western village on the property. This is the place we get our yummy Pizzas from. (More about that later:)) The owners Judy & Jerry are very, very, busy people. They also have some snugly critters out back which will be part of a petting zoo when they get things up & running. With the cool wind still blowing we were back home again by two & three hours later Kelly was back at the Congress Depot/Mercantile. Hmmm, had she forgot something??
THE CONGRESS DEPOT
LOTS OF GREAT WESTERN STUFF HERE
ATTEMPTING A SELFIE IN A LARGE OVAL MIRROR
COZY LITTLE RESTAURANT
Nope she didn’t forget anything at the Congress Depot……….she was back there picking up a big Pizza for supper & minutes after she got back we are all gathered around our kitchen table squabbling like a bunch of Sea Gulls fighting over a French Fry to see who was going to get the biggest piece. Now you really don’t think we did that do you:)) Again, another yummy Pizza from the Congress Depot.
Had ourselves another ‘around the table’ chin wag sometimes touching on RVing & sometimes other things. Always something new to know & something old to remember. George & Suzie will be rolling out for Quartzsite Arizona in the morning & depending on our side trip travel plans over the next 4 months our paths may or may not cross again this season but that is the way of the RVing lifestyle with everyone on the move. I am thinking though that we will meet up again probably in late January for Bloggerfest 2016. George & Jan are busy organizing this year’s event & an announcement will be made about all that before too long.
PHEEBS HAD HER LITTLE SAD FACE ON WHEN WE LEFT FOR THE CONGRESS DEPOT THIS AFTERNOON
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Tom’s wife was hosting a dinner party for some of her close friends, at their summer home. Moment’s before the guests were scheduled to arrive, she asked Tom if he would be ever so gracious to walk a block down to the beach to pick up some fresh snails for the party. On his way to the beach he passed the local bar, and figured he’d stop in for a quick drink before heading down to the beach to search for the snails. One drink lead to the next, and before he knew it, it was 5:00 in the morning and he hadn’t gotten his wife those snails. Quickly he hurried down to the beach, picked up a few snails, rushed home, and stumbled up the front steps, dropping the snails. At that moment, his wife angrily opened the door asking him where he had been and how he had ruined her party. Tom, looked towards the snails and said “C’mon you slow pokes! Just a few more steps and we’re there!”