Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Trip Summary

Day 1 Josh forgets Cody Maverick. Big Bummer.
Camped on the cot and Josh the rocks.

Day 2-4 camped in tent on ground. Felt bad for Josh not having a cot. Cot = too cold anyways.

Took a ride out to the Maze Overlook

On the way spotted a lone flower in the road. Very pretty.

Climbed down into the Maze. Found some Moki steps. Maybe modern.

Saw an Anasazi snake etched on the wall down in the bottom of the wash.

Hiked into the Harvest Scene. Pretty neat to see. Worth the hike.

Josh rubbed a hole in his rear fuel tank
Drained remaining into a bottle and filled the front tank

I took a rest on my back an noticed the moon in the daylight sky.

Back to camp for some good grub
Josh saves the day and cooks up the cheesy potatos.

Stopped by the Colorado on the way to No-Where.

Found a great camp site at No-Where overlooking the No-Where Mesa.

Slept in the Tootsie Roll for the next few days

Saw a lot of Elk tracks on our way back in.

Found a ruin in it's pristine state. WOW.

Made the hike out to very cool lookout ruin. Pointed out some kivas below and

decided not to hike it. What a hike and what a view.

Noticed the fortress wall on the way out that would have guarded access via a land bridge.

Stopped by roadside ruins the next day.

Very cool arch located here.

a drive out to a cave.

Spotted some smaller ruins on the way in and an obvious cleared area where a wall could have surrounded.

Found another set on the way up. Pretty destroyed but great to see. Had a couple of bread oven looking structures. Lot's of pottery shards.

Fingerprints in the mortar was pretty cool to see.

Notice their knife sharpening cuts in the rock on the way out.

Located another small set again.

Beautiful negative handprint here.

This cave is huge. Hike up was fun. Complete set of negative handprints. Positive prints as well. Side by side.

Lot's of graffiti here over some really neat things. Not a good thing.

Gigantic grinding stones found here. Giant slabs actually.

Found evidence of the Hyde Exploring Expedition from late 1800's.

Next stop was another cave.

Lot's of Moki steps and prints here. Kids were obviously all over the place and mothers didn't want them to fall...hence, the Moki's.

Kid prints, baby prints, color prints-red, yellow, green, etc.

Wonderful picto's here also.

Steep drops = death

Prints very high on ceiling = high risk of death

Sillohouets on wall left from pigment stains = cool lifesize ghosts

Huge yellow drawings on ceiling - 15 or 20 feet

Headed out another wash to find a secluded ruin. Found another smaller wall in a corner up a wash. Probably had not been visited for many many years. Left no footprints on this one.

Very cool washes here where the run-off converges. Cool sinks and rock formations. Unique for sure.

Hiked all over the place searching this one.

Found it. Came out on top. Specatacular. Resides adjacent to a 100ft' waterfall (if flowing). Just awesome.

No way to enter. Entry is high risk = death = not this time.

Handprint found here below and a grinding stone down a 100 yards.

Another set opposite canyon wall. Not as cool. Easy access. Small cistern here for food something. Definitely felt like a mass grave site for some reason.

Another small alcove with ruin on opposite wall. Triangle entry, triangle floor shape. Pretty cool actually.

Hike out of wash is wet, green, cool, and lush. Defintely a place to grow food.

Eagle eye spots another driving home. Have to drop in and see.

Bigger than it looks. Very cool.

Whoa. Nice panel found just around the corner. Completely untouched and probably not visited for a very long time. Really cool stuff on this panel.

Trip over. Loaded up. 4 nights camping. Too fun. Great food. Cold first two nights. Don't want to leave.

One more stop. Another set of ruins. Far wall - very high up and way to even get close. Have to think like Pooh on this one.

Found old airstrip - raced the truck an moto's down the strip leaving a dust cloud behind.

Now we can call it a day. Hiked 25 or 30 miles and Rode a couple hundred. Nice relaxing trip with good food and friend.

Long depressing ride home. Trying to figure out how to make another trip in the fall.

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