"We're going out to Giant Rock tonight to see the UFOs. Wanna come along?"
"Sure, why not? I’ll drive!"
New to the desert, driving a SUV with 3 new Wednesday Night Live friends from Palm Springs, we head up the 62, then out the 247 towards Landers... didn’t a big 6ish earthquake happen in Landers? When was that? 1990-something? ...to someplace called Big Rock.
Shoot, this may have been a BIG mistake. Washboard, washboard, bump, bump, bump…
Wow, it’s really DARK out here. Did I mention we're now on a dirt road to who knows where?
“We'll see UFO’s at Giant Rock..." Now who are they talking about? What? What did she just say? Who? Oh!
See man between the giant rocks
Somehow [was it night vision or alien telepathy? ], my navigator knew exactly how to get to the Giant in the total darkness [except for my headlights]. “Turn here, veer to the right…” There are NO roadsigns, at least none that I could see. The backseat drivers constant guidance, “DRIVE FASTER!
Faster so you don't get stuck in the sand...”
Who knew? I mean, well, I did, kind of. I am familiar with the concept of increasing speed so as to not get stuck in the softer, mostly-on-the-shoulder sand. In fact, while searching for an address somewhere in this general vacuity a few years back, what I thought was a road turned out to be a wash, or became one? and in an attempt to turn around while keeping up speed proved their point. And, that time it was daylight, and yes, one of us did have to walk out to find help because we had no cell service… and, yes, we did have to have the Camry pulled out—a story for another day—but you get why I was a bit concerned… ALL things considered.
Giant Rock—this particular area has been known for years as an alien contact point. Seriously. I didn't get any photos that night—much too dark for my iPhone camera. This area of the Mojave desert has a curious history. Check out The Intrigue of Giant Rock, an article written by Barbara LaGrange; photos by Frank Rodrigue from the same article (used with permission).
I'm pretty sure we passed The Integratron that night and according to the LaGrange artie, “The Integratron is a 38-foot high, 50-foot diameter, non-metallic structure designed by the engineer George Van Tassel as a rejuvenation and time machine.” That’s right, time machine…
“Joshua Tree is just a few miles over that way,” they point in the darkness as we recline on our zero-gravity chairs and scan the starry sky. You really have to go to CONTACT and meet our friends… What? These people actually know the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens commentators. Seriously? How cool! New friends are certainly interesting... and connected.
But wait? Did we see UFO’s that night? Come on out and see for yourself! Make Contact in the Desert, May 19 - 22th. I can't wait!
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