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rockhopper
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4/3/2018
rockhopper
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Took a little time off and went back out to a area of the Santa Rosas I had hiked through over 30 years ago way too quickly while summit climbing. This time I made a basecamp about 5 miles in and did loop all day hikes. Pack weighed in at 60 lbs. including 21 pints of water = 21 lbs. Food brought were walnuts, almonds, energy bars, oatmeal, coffee, jerky, canned stew and cabbage. Mylar balloon count 11.

My trusty 1980's A-16 6500 Cu. in. expedition pack pressed into service once again. It's needs a overhaul.

Came across dozens of patina'd over glyphs. many over these are over 10,000 years old when the paleo native Americans hunted large game in the area before it became a desert.




Lots of Garnets in the area also.

Saw this image on G. Earth. Rock wall structures measures about 80-100 feet across.

And here it is! It looks like a seasonal ancient Native American site on the edge of an old ancestrial stream. See the above G.E. image.

The Kitchen rock even protects from the prevailing winds!

Well used seasonal site for centuries.

Grinding stones still in place after all these years. It's definitely the one.


It's neat finding the grinding stones in place for others to enjoy.




Well used Big cave near by filled in by animals.


More recent petroglyphs above faded glyph.


Really glad I went back into the area "more slowly" this time. I am already planning a return trip to a nearby canyon I missed.
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surfponto
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4/3/2018
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Wow !
Absolutely amazing finds out there.
Do you know anything about those Petroglyphs?
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rockhopper
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4/3/2018
rockhopper
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surfponto wrote:
Wow !
Absolutely amazing finds out there.
Do you know anything about those Petroglyphs?
Bob

Surf,
I never saw them the first time I passed through the area over 30 years ago. I was travelling to fast! I had no idea they were out there. This recent trip, most seemed to be clustered near or at Native American trail junctions. No idea of meaning. Others please chime in. All I know and read is these are hundreds of years old.





These are thousands of years old due to desert patina aging.





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4/4/2018
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Not sure I would make it even 5 miles with a 60lb pack..! Good to see you getting out again, thanks for sharing.

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rockhopper
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4/7/2018
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dsefcik wrote:
Not sure I would make it even 5 miles with a 60lb pack..! Good to see you getting out again, thanks for sharing.


Daren, Originally my pack weighed 65 lbs. I trimmed it down a bit. haha. Problem is every where I want to go now has no water! It's the water weight. On a normal trip with springs available my pack would be in the 40 lb. weight. Also I carry a plush 2" pad, ground tarp, and med. weight tent. So I can get a good nite sleep. I too have had back problems, so I hear ya. Get better soon!
Here are a couple more pics. from the trip.
The only water source is underground but too deep to dig for my time there.





Fault strand that pushed up the Santa Rosas.





Some more Glyph pics. the more I look , the more I see. I must have hiked by hundreds of glyphs in the past.









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tommy750
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4/8/2018
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Looks like a great trip Rockhopper. Nice petro find. I'm with Daren on the pack weight. I get cranky with anything over 30lbs smile
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ziphius
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4/8/2018
ziphius
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Love the old frame pack, I still have my Kelty that gets some use. Slowing down and getting to know an area is the way to go! But you definitely paid your dues to get there. Amazing what we walk past when we're trying to get the mile in, heh? Nice trip.
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