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Jim and/or Ginny Owen
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Subject: Spiriteagle 2007 Southwest Archeological Tour
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 01:47:29 -0400
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Weve neglected yall. Last time we wrote anything was when we were in
Southern Arizona. Sorry about that, but time flies when youre 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 the
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 a
dermatologist appointment. He burned off a bunch of stuff and told me to
come back in 6 months. Fat chance well 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 some
pictures of the Grand Canyon so, of course the day we got there, it began to
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. Youll hear
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 well inflict some of the pictures on yall
later. Canyon de Chelly and Betatakin 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 weve been learning over the last couple months make some
kind of sense.
Right now, were in Blanding, UT waiting for the tire shop to open in the
morning (flat tires are no fun). Then tomorrow well 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. Thats just
an outline well fill in the details as we go. We really have been making
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 were trying to do it in a
couple of months. But its a start. And we're having fun with it.
Jim & Ginny
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