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February 15, 2012

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February 15, 2012 ROCKS FROM PAGE 14 provide shade, at night they offer warmth by giving fuel for a fire. There is rest here, and comfortable places to work. Maybe new tools need to be made, or food needs to be prepared. This is a sacred place, a place of survival, a refuge from the harsh and life- threatening desert conditions. Now look at the glyphs. Use your imagination. What do they say to you? What would they say to another like you, also searching for the same things? Think about traveling a long distance on a highway. You are tired and hungry, it's getting late, and the fuel gauge is close to empty. You look for a place to find food for your body, gas for your car, and a com- fortable and safe place to sleep. There is still a long stretch of road ahead of you. Suddenly, a sign comes into view. Rest Stop. "Food, fuel, lodging, next exit", it says, and you breathe a sigh of relief. Look at the petroglyphs again. Now what do they say La Casa Del Rancho MEXICAN & AMERICAN FOOD TACO TUESDAY! $1 Tacos! SOMBRERO! Orders to go! All You Can Eat Clam Strips! FRIDAY BREAKFAST - LUNCH - DINNER 7AM -7PM 70 N. Central, Quartzsite (one block north of Shell, Hwy. 95) 928-927-6610 MOUNTAIN QUAIL CAFE Home Cooked Meals! OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 7 AM - 2 PM 490 N. Moon Mt. Rd., Quartzsite (corner of Moon Mt. & Quail Trail) N Daily Specials! Sat. Night Prime Rib! BEST BREAD PUDDING! 928-927-8890 Quail Trail X B-10, Main St. www. Bring this ad in for 50¢ OFF one bag of Kettle Corn www.Desert to you? Be still and contemplate quietly. Imagine yourself here in the desert 1000 years ago. No Pilot Travel Center just off the Interstate, no restaurants or grocery stores. No RV in which to weather the storms. But people thrived here for centuries. The ancient ones who lived off the land called this desert their home long before modern technology made life in the desert leisurely. They passed on their knowledge of how to survive in their desert home by drawing signs, glyphs, on the rocks, saying "Food, fuel, shelter, here". "This is a good place to live in the desert". Look for other signs of ancient life here in the desert. What other things have been left behind? Grinding holes where food was ground from seeds and ber- ries into dough? Campfire remnants? Stone tools? What about the nature's treasures, like petrified wood or fossils? What treasures do these ancient sites hold that, we, in our hurry to check them off our list, have missed? Page 15 As we live here in the desert, comfortable and secure with our modern conveniences, it is easy to forget that life here was not always so carefree. These an- cient sites that we visit and photograph are so much more than simple pictures drawn by primitive peo- ple. They are tales from the rocks, stories of ancient generations and their way of life here in the desert. They are stories of hope and survival, success and failure, death and life, love and war, prayers and thanksgiving. Hidden in them are dreams, goals, fears, and desires, reaching through time waiting to speak to future generations. Let the desert, the mountains, and the stories in the rocks speak. They have much to say if we would just sit quietly for awhile, open up our imagination, look and listen. For more information about petroglyphs visit Rocks In My Head at Space A37 in Rice Ranch, 605- 376-8754, or online at We have a nice selection of artifact points, as well as petrified wood in stock. Palo Verde Cafe & Lounge Lunch & Dinner 11am-8pm Daily Great American Food LUNCH SPECIALS! Mon. thru Fri $599 Friday FISH $799 MARGARITA MONDAYS! 305 N. Central (Hwy. 95) 928-927-7676 Coming Soon: Sugar-Free! Quartzsite Marketplace WE'RE BACK IN TOWN! Located at 50 E. Kuehn #12 across from Gamblers Moon Mountain Rd. Hwy. 95, N. Central the Famous Home of Times Three Family Restaurant Good Food & Friendly Service! DAILY SPECIALS! OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 6am-8pm 1265 W. Main St. Quartzsite • 928-927-6014 The ULTIMATE Kettle Corn!

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