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Another absolutely gorgeous day, bright, sunny, and finally warm. It’s Larry’s turn to pick our route for the day and surprise, surprise…he decides we should take Milpitas Wash Road in the daytime and see what we couldn’t see on that other, not-to-be-forgotten nighttime excursion two years ago. (more…)

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This started out as a puttering day. One of the blessings of being retired is being able to do whatever you want without having to answer to anybody else’s schedule. Part of that blessing is being able to do nothing at all if that’s what you want to do. So we puttered. A little of this, a little of that. Check the weather station, recharge the computer battery, read, soak up sunshine, think. We did nothing memorable, then decided that with our time running out here, maybe we should do something.

I wanted to see just what we’d missed coming home on Milpitas Wash Road the other night but wasn’t about to insist on going very far down there. (I really wasn’t about to put in two sessions as Lowly Navigator!) We started down the road and got sidetracked. Let’s hear it for sidetracks. There are LOTS of them here in the desert…literally. We passed the road for the Hauser Geode Beds but figured maybe the whole mountain was full of geodes. It isn’t. There are lots of neat rocks there, though. We puttered around, smacking a few rocks against other rocks, not finding anything worthwhile.

As always, we had binoculars with us. We had both noticed the long lines of rock outcroppings on a hill across the wash from us. The rocks there must have lots of iron in them because they are shiny black with desert varnish. Some even have a metallic ping to them when struck with another rock. The outcroppings run in a straight line around the end of the hill and I casually wondered why they were sticking out and what made them different. The more Larry looked at them with the binoculars, the more convinced he was that they were not natural. He had to hike up there to see.

I could not see whatever made him think they were manmade. I was not really in the mood for scrambling down into a sandy wash and up a rocky hillside, so I stayed behind, tracked some large critter that had left copious droppings and a lot of tracks, checked out what’s starting to bloom, and waited. And waited. Eventually Larry returned with lots of pictures and an “I told you so” look. “That wall is absolutely man-made. There are shelters there, almost like foxholes. I wonder if the Indians made them.”

We found a little used “road” around the end of that mountain and drove up yet another track until we were close enough to hike to several other “outcroppings”, all parallel to the first, and higher up the hill. The lack of desert varnish on the rocks which had been overturned made me doubt the Indian theory. If Indians had somehow fortified that mountain, it would probably have been several hundred years ago and there would have been time for the exposed undersides to have developed at least some darkening. “It’s more likely something Patton left behind. The ‘foxhole’ things are probably exactly that. We’ll have to research it online.”

There it is…one more example of assuming I can look up something online. Geez…if we ever get to an RV park with electrical hookups and really good wifi, don’t be surprised if one day I write “I spent the whole day online. Had a wonderful time!”

By the time we got through trying to figure out what all we were seeing, it was too late to wander down the road we’d already covered in the dark. We were only a very few miles from the campground, so we headed home again, still talking about what we’d found.

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