The Valley of the Names is north of Yuma out in the desert and I think there is a good road to it from Yuma, but of course I decided to take the back roads around the mountain and across the washes to get there. There was lots of bumping and banging and jostling going on but the other guys just nodded and said they were enjoying the drive. What good sports they are. Harold once said, "Lorne I would follow you to the end of the world!!" but I don't think he knew just how close he would come today!! Although the road was bumpy and long, the trip out was uneventful with a lot of nice scenery.
I hadn't told them where we were going yet so it was a bit of a surprise when we topped the hill and looked out over the thousands of names made with rocks on the sand hills.
There were names everywhere.
Some of the dates go back to about 1999. That seems to be some of the oldest ones.
People take lots of time to make the names almost a work of art. It was quite interesting. The whole thing goes on for a couple miles long and maybe a half mile wide.
I got this picture of the area from Google maps. It gives a little perspective. If you are around Yuma, look up the Valley of the Names and take a drive there. I think there is a car accessible road from Winterhaven up to it.
We headed back home because we have other plans with the girls this afternoon and would hate to miss them. It had taken us over an hour to get here on the bumpy road, so on the way back I decided to save us some time and take the RIGHT HAND FORK IN THE ROAD. It looked like it was only about 3 miles across the mountain pass to where we were parked with the Ponderosa. The road seemed fine and could save us some valuable time.
Well soon after we made the commitment to go that way, we started to encounter some hills and narrow winding roads. Trees along the road that will give the best paint job Arizona pin stripes. Lots of steep drop offs and only ATV tracks on the road. It would take a JEEP to make it down this road. At this point, I still had the option of turning back, but NO way.. I had made the decision to take the fork in the road and besides that I just remembered, we DO have a JEEP. (Grand Cherokee!! LOL). You can see in the next picture where the road fell out of site literally. There was no return.
When we went down that steep wash, we were certain we could not climb back up if we retreated now, so we were committed. We came around a corner and down into a river bottom that was about 8 feet wide and made of solid boulders. The rocks were about 2 ft in diameter and sticking up all over the place. We had to go less than 1 mile an hour, and there were lots of spots where we had to walk ahead and pre plan our route so we could wind around the boulders that threatened our undercarriage. I didn't take a lot of pictures because I was concentrating on getting us out of this mess. Harold kept reminding me that we had no cell service either. Thanks Harold!!! This rocky road went on for what seemed like forever!!
We came around a corner and there was a rock outcropping with sharp rocks sticking up about 3 feet and a drop of about 5 feet beyond. For a second we thought this was the end of this road but then we looked to the left and there was a hill that was almost straight up about 30 feet to a nice road above. We had no choice so into 4wd low and up the hill we went. Ed was sitting in the back and never said a word. I don't think he could speak!! We never even spun a wheel and that Jeep just walked up there like nobody's business. At the top was an open pit mine and of course a good trail from there on that the mine trucks had used.
We saw a helicopter overhead and I thought maybe the girls had sent out a search party because by this time we had spent about 1 and 1 /2 hours getting through this short cut. Whew were we glad to see the other side of the mountain pass!!! Lesson learned??? Always take the fork in the road if you want something to remember. The 3 of this will discuss and laugh about this often I'm sure.
We arrived home right on time and the girls were ready for our next adventure. We were heading in to tour the Yuma Territorial Prison. This is a great tour to do in an afternoon and I will just post some pictures and you can go read about it on the web site if you want more information.
|3 Stooges or Maidens in distress?|
Everyone else likes the peanuts and I like to write on the floor with the chalk. See what I wrote? I think I made a couple brownie points, I hope!!!
The happy crew!!
And our awesome server. Servers could take a lesson from him!!
|Isaack our server|
|Harold in the saddle|
|Sue in the saddle|
The view out our window tonight:
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