A trek in the desert with friends

This is the day we get to go see Indian petroglyphs and grinding holes thanks to my friend Charlene.

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Charlene knew the location of this rock house, the petroglyphs, and the grinding holes we would be seeing. She majored in archaeology and was a lot of fun to go exploring with. She lead this expedition crew into the desert.DSCN2745DSCN2732 DSCN2733

Layla led the way into this cave that was quite possibly a shelter for some family.

After a short climb to a place above the shelter…

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DSCN2736We were rewarded with a collection of grinding holes where the Indians would grind their seeds and grains.

DSCN2737Using a round stone in these holes they would break and grind the seeds and grains to make a flour or meal that could then be cooked.   We continued on to a place where messages were left.  Can you understand their meanings?DSCN2755 DSCN2754Here’s a link to a little more information on petroglyphs.  Wkikpedia

Charlene described how the appearance of this section of the desert has changed over a very short time. When the water rushes through the wash it removes soil from the area and deposits the debris it brings from the path it followed.  So the desert landscape is consantly being changed year to year.

Time for a little break before we head back.

DSCN2739I hope you enjoyed our trek.   And once again

Get out, Be safe, Go adventure

Cooking and driving,

As with all trips…  Where do we eat, What do we eat, When do we eat, and in some cases can we AFFORD to eat are questions that always come up.

I decided to post the answer to these questions today because of hearing some of these questions at the RTR in Quartzite.

The easy answer…  Cook your own food as you drive.

My donation to the chili supper was 2lbs of chili meat that was cooked across New Mexico and Arizona.   I did this so that it was ready to go in the pot as soon as I arrived.  Thanks to Peter and others the dinner was a huge hit for more than 75 people attending. DSCN2708

This kicked off the RTR for me personally and the next day when Randy gave such an entertaining and thoughtful invocation quoting Whitman, Thoreau, and of course himself to open one of the morning sessions.

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But what about the cooking?     One of the gadgets I use is the Roadpro 12volt slow cooker.Crock pot roast

This is a SantaFe seasoned roast I picked up at Walmart for about $8.  Well it’s half of one, we had already started eating before I grabbed a picture.  This gave me three meals worth of meat. And it was done when I stopped for the night.spaghetti pot

And another easy meal, cook the spaghetti for about 30-45 minutes and then throw in the Sandwich Makers meatballs and sauce.  Since neither of these require refrigeration this is one of the staple foods that stay in my van.IMAG0904

How about some burritos?IMAG0902 Some tortilla wraps, Sandwhich Makers pulled pork, garlic and herb seasoned butter and some shredded cheese make tasty wraps.  Put these in the lunch-box oven and rotate them turn a side down to be browned.  Here’s a link to the oven… Roadpro Lunch Box Oven

 

Well now you know some of my tricks for meal prep while traveling so as always…

Get out, Be Safe and go adventure.

Until next time, which will be my visit to Montezuma’s Castle, be safe.

 

 

Another Indian flute played this time by my friend Vincent

I just got this MP3 from Vincent and thought I’d share with everybody.

Seems Vincent bought a flute from High Spirits, which is the same company as the one I bought.

However, he is much better than I.

Click on the link at the top or under the blog roll to go to Road Noise to have a listen

Once again I’m still on the road and still trying to catch up more than 4000 miles of travels for Layla and I so be patient we’ll get there.

Travels to Arizona

Between adding the solar panel to the roof of the van, the sudden cold weather, and driving to the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous in Arizona I have fallen behind.  This is now an attempt to begin to catch up.

First, let me thank you for being patient and coming back.

Next let me tell you about a new venture with this site.  I am adding a Podcast to the site that can be linked as a RSS feed.

This can be followed as audio only or when you follow the link at the top right hand side of the page you will be taken to “Road Noise — Thoughts and Sounds From The Road”.

After stumbling across many interesting and talented people I decided to add this dimension to the blog.  Bear with me as I learn and develop this new addition.

I will post the travels and links to the nearly 4000 miles of adventures that Layla and I have been on in the last two months.

So click on the link at the top next to the search magnifier or under the blogroll in the left sidebar.

So, until the next post, as always….. Get Out, Be Safe, and Go Adventure.