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Ginny & Jim Owen spiritbear2k at hotmail.com
Wed Apr 25 00:03:10 CDT 2007

Jason -
We'll probably be over toward Page in a coujple weeks.  We'll definitely be 
spending some time in the Grand Staricase-Escalante. Lots of hiking there.  
We were there two years ago - and left a lot of hiking undone because of 
lack of time.

Right now we're in the Four Corners area - just made the hike into Keet Seel 
today.  For anyone interested in ancient Southwest Indian culture, it's just 
awesome.  This is someone else's take on it - 
We'll post ours on spiriteaglehome later (probably November or December at 
the rate we're going).

Some time ago someone asked - what do you do after the CDT?  At least for 
the moment, we've found something that interests us.  We'll see how far it 
takes us.

Walk softly,


>From: "jason seehafer" <jasonsee123 at hotmail.com>
>Reply-To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
>To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
>Subject: Re: [cdt-l] (no subject)
>Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 15:15:31 -0700
>Hi Jim and Ginny,
>Do you guys plan on undertaking any slot canyons?  If so, I would recommend 
>Piriah Canyon (sp?) and Antelope Canyon.  Antelope is on an Indian 
>Reservation just east of Page, AZ.  Its requires a permit from the local 
>Native America tribe (available in Page), whereupon they will give you a 
>tour guide to follow around.  Its an easy and short canyon to navigate (as 
>evident by the tourists) but its pretty cool and is a good ice breaker for 
>slot canyon exploring.  Piriah is freakin' awesome.  There are a ton others 
>in Utah/AZ.  Have fun.......
>From:  "Jim and/or Ginny Owen" <spiriteagle99 at hotmail.com>
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>Subject:  [cdt-l] (no subject)
>Date:  22 Apr 2007 22:47:31 -0700
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>Subject: Spiriteagle 2007 Southwest Archeological Tour
>Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 01:47:29 -0400
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>We’ve neglected y’all.  Last time we wrote anything was when we were in
>Southern Arizona.  Sorry about that, but time flies when you’re having fun.
>So – to catch up – we made a tour of southeastern Arizona, hiking in the
>Chiricahuas and
>Cochise’ Stronghold (the Dragoons) with some “tourist time”
>in Bisbee and Tombstone.  Both towns were really cool –Old West towns
>reconstructed to attract the tourist trade.  Then we drove north through 
>Blue Mts, across the Mogollon Rim and back south to Phoenix via the Apache
>Trail.  The purpose of the exercise was to do some hiking in places we
>hadn't been before, see some new scenery and still get back to Phoenix for 
>dermatologist appointment.  He burned off a bunch of stuff and told me to
>come back in 6 months.  Fat chance – we’ll be in Canada by then.
>Leaving Phoenix, we headed north, starting the 2007 Southwest Archeological
>Tour.  First couple days we spent at places like Walnut Canyon, Sunset
>Crater, Wupatki – and then the Grand Canyon.  Our grandson wanted
>pictures of the Grand Canyon so, of course the day we got there, it began 
>snow – and snow – and……. But the next day was great – and we got more
>pictures than I could count if I took my shoes off.
>Walnut Canyon and Wupatki are Indian ruin and petroglyph sites.  You’ll 
>a lot more about ruins and petroglyphs later.
>After the Grand Canyon, we slid over to Winslow, AZ.  Anyone remember the
>old (OLD) song  “Standing on the Corner”?  Well, Winslow has made a fetish
>out of it – so we got pictures of us “standing on the corner.”
> >From Winslow, we stopped at Homolovi, the Rock Art Ranch and Petrified
>Forest National Park – ALL of which have Indian ruins and/or petroglyphs.
>Then things got serious – Monument Valley and the Valley of the Gods were
>just super – great scenery and we’ll inflict
>some of the pictures on y’all
>later.   Canyon de Chelly and Betat’akin were an education in Southwest
>Indian culture – and that education will continue for some time to come.
>Our first backpack trip in a month was in Grand Gulch – 4 days, 45 miles,
>with several dozen 800 to  6500 year-old Indian sites - ruins and lots of
>pictographs.  We highly recommend going there – it was a unique experience.
>We followed that with visits (and hikes) to ruins at Butler Wash, Mule
>Canyon and Cave Creek - and lots more photos of ruins, petroglyphs and
>pictographs.  And some really nice scenery – including all three  arches
>(and more petroglyphs) at Natural Arches National Monument.
>We also spent some time at the Edge of the Cedars State Park, which is a
>museum devoted to Southwest Indian history.  It
>helped a lot with trying to
>make everything we’ve been learning over the last couple months make some
>kind of sense.
>Right now, we’re in Blanding, UT waiting for the tire shop to open in the
>morning (flat tires are no fun).  Then tomorrow we’ll go back to Arizona –
>we have an appointment on Tuesday to make a 17 mile trek into the Navajo
>backcountry to the Keet Seel ruin site.
>After that we plan to explore more ancient Indian sites like Chaco Canyon,
>Mesa Verde (again), and Hovenweep as well as touring and hiking in Arches,
>Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and the Escalante-Grand Staircase NM.  That’s 
>an outline – we’ll fill in the details as we go.  We really have been 
>it up one day at a time.  So much to see – so little time.  It would take
>years to really explore this area in depth, and
>we’re trying to do it in a
>couple of months.  But it’s a start.  And we're having fun with it.
>Walk softly,
>Jim & Ginny
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