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The Bouse Fisherman Intaglio

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The Bouse Fisherman intaglio is located near Bouse, Arizona & features a large geoglyph containing a fisherman w/ a spear pointed at fish in the water.  From the sign, the Native Americans of the lower Colorado River have oral traditions which were handed down through generations.  This geoglyph may tell the mythological story of a God, Kumastamo, who thrust a spear into the ground to make the mighty Colorado River flow. The age of the intaglio is unknown, perhaps anywhere from 500 to 2,000 years old.  Large earth figures are rare & the Mojave Desert region contains around 200 of them, the equivalent of the Nazca Lines of Peru.  This geoglyph is protected by the federal government & it is a violation of federal law to deface. (from this site: https://www.360cities.net/image/bouse)

Luana's Canyon/Slaughterhouse Canyon

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At one point in the 1800s, a gold miner and his family resided in a tiny wood shed in the middle of a canyon just southeast of Kingman AZ. The miner was hoping that living there would eventually offer his wife Luana and their kids a much improved existence. It wasn’t easy for the family, but they were willing to make it work.
The miner would leave his family for at least two weeks at a time looking for gold and food, mostly for gold. The tiny bit of food he brought home never lasted very long. It became a normal situation with the father leaving, and his family anxiously waiting for him to come home.
Then one day, like always, he kissed his family goodbye and took off on their mule to acquire goods for his family. Two weeks would pass and no husband or food. Luana was worried not only for her husband, but for her and the kids. The food supply was shrinking until it finally disappeared. The family was famished, pale and weak from hunger. The children pleaded with their mother for food…

Sasquatch Burger

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At the Lodge in Tempe AZ, they serve lots of different items, but the one Sharon and I always get is the Sasquatch Burger. The Lodge is decked out with several wood carvings of Bigfoot, displays of stuffed animals on the walls, and cool antler chandeliers. It makes you feel like you are in a lodge.

The Sasquatch burger is huge like the cryptic itself. Sharon and I usually will share it with a side order of sweet potato fries. From the bottom the burger has a grill cheese sandwich with whatever cheese you prefer. Next is the condiments such as red onions, lettuce and tomatoes. On top to them sits the burger which is cooked to however you like. The burger is topped with sauce and fried onions. And last but not least is another grill cheese sandwich on top. It comes with a steak knife stabbed threw the center holding it all together. We usually will each take a sandwich, pry it open, split the burger and add it inside the sandwich along with the condiments. The flavor of the juicy burge…

Nothing From Nothing Leaves Nothing

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More Photos of Oatman AZ

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Paint By Numbers Addicted

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Hi, I am Julie and I am a paint by numbers addict. My daughter sent me on this path by giving me a duplicate painting she sent away for. There were many odd shapes, different sizes with a number inside each. In the package you get a canvas with the unpainted picture on it, a paper with the same picture and numbers just in case you paint over a number or can't read it, paints with numbers on them, a small photo of the finished picture, and three different size brushes. I would suggest a magnetifying glass to read the tiny numbers.

I decided to start in the upper right corner because being left-handed it was easier. I would do a number at a time until that area was completed. The paint dries quickly which makes it easy to continue without getting paint on yourself. The cool thing is that these numbered shapes start to become an object or person with each stroke of the brush. I love seeing how it evolves. I have done a few so far and don't see an end in sight. It is relaxing and…

Metrocenter: Now and Then

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As a teen in Phoenix in the 1970s, we had one mall that those of us who lived on the west side hung out in, Christown Mall. I did all my clothes shopping there, trying to keep up with the latest fashions. We would mall walk, looking cool and checking out the boys. Christown was one story and had all the latest shops for teens, kids and adults alike. So in 1973 we were so excited about a two-story mall opening a little north of Christown called Metrocenter. Metro was around 1,400,000 square feet and sat on 312 acres. The mall was flanked by major two-story department stores with more throughout the mall. Between the department stores on each level were smaller shops with a variety of interesting items, clothes, shoes and jewelry. It had a food court and skating rink below with an opening so you can watch people skate. Near one of the mall openings was a Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor where you can celebrate your birthday with free ice cream or share a huge boat of various ice creams wit…