[cdt-l] If it's Tuesday, this must be....
Jim and/or Ginny Owen
spiriteagle99 at hotmail.com
Sun May 27 02:20:19 CDT 2007
So where are Jim & Ginny now ?
Still alive and back in Utah, after a brief detour to Nevada to check out
Great Basin National Park. That was a pleasant surprise a beautiful snow
covered 13,000 peak, several nice and mostly empty hiking trails, some
petroglyphs and pictographs, a beautiful cave with a lot of interesting cave
decorations, including a couple of new-to-us kinds: shields and cave
turnips. Snow still covers most of the high-country trails, which affected
our hiking, but it was beautiful. We set up in one of the campgrounds for
several days and considered staying for a few more days but the holiday
weekend meant more crowds, so it was time to leave. Another time wed like
to climb nearby Mt. Moriah, but with snow still an issue at 10,000, we
decided to wait until a later day.
Before that we did a couple of short backpacking trips in the Escalante
first in busy Coyote Gulch, where we managed to find a couple of ruins and
pictographs that we hadnt expected to see, then an overnight trip down
Willis slot canyon to Sheep Creek to the Paria River to Deer Creek and
back - where we again found ancient rock art in a couple of places. It is
fun combining our interest in ancient rock art with backpacking. Both hikes
were wet hikes where you follow a creek, crossing back and forth numerous
times. The water was warm and quite shallow only ankle deep at most.
Both were beautiful hikes through narrow red walled canyons. Coyote Gulch
was very popular with backpackers there were at last 10 other groups out
there when we did our hike, and the Paria was also busier than expected,
especially on a Sunday. No backpackers, but horses, jeeps and ATVs. Our
plan to hike Round Canyon to Hackberry to Cottonwood will have to wait until
another day. A combination of threatening thunderstorms and a problem
getting into Round Canyons deep and narrow slot caused us to detour to
Kodachrome State Park instead where we enjoyed the unusual rock formations.
On the way to Great Basin NP, we finally got to visit Cedar Breaks National
Monument. We were there two years ago at exactly the same time of year and
it was buried in 4 feet of snow. This time it was just COLD. But its a
beautiful place a Bryce Canyon NP in miniature.
We also went back to the Parowan Gap petroglyph site another place we
visited two years ago. Seems like its deteriorated somewhat. There dont
seem to be as many petroglyphs as before. But well compare what we found
this time to the pictures we took two years ago. Maybe its our
Today we hiked through one of the Bristlecone Pine groves in Great Basin NP
if youre gonna hug a tree why not make it a 3200 year-old tree? Then we
drove east via Rte 50 which is claimed to be the loneliest road in
America. I believe it.
This afternoon we visited Fremont Indian State Park which has a decent
museum and hundreds of pictograph, petroglyph and pictoglyph panels on the
cliffs around the Park. The museum has a fine example of a Clovis point
(arrowhead) from about 13,500 BC. When UDOT built I-70 they discovered the
largest Fremont Indian village ever found. They destroyed it (after the
archaeologists excavated it) and then built a state park to show the many
rock art panels that were nearby that werent destroyed by the freeway. It
was a busy place, 800 years or so ago. When they destroyed the village,
they also destroyed another nearby sacred site - which pissed off a Hopi
medicine man, who cursed them (UDOT). The results of the curse were
spectacular. So much so that when they built the State Park, they carefully
put the Visitor Center in a place that wasnt included in the curse. Crazy?
Maybe. But UDOT doesnt think so.
Our plans for the next week or so include playing treasure hunt at some more
Fremont sites in eastern Utah in particular the 50-mile long Nine Mile
Canyon. There are a lot of them in that area that are worth a visit or so
we hear. After that who knows? We are still playing it one day at a
time. A little hiking, a little touring theres a lot to see and do.
Ginny & Jim
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