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Shooting Gallery

14202726_10154383563161145_5959439791452368374_nFor my #FridayFieldTrip, I returned to the Alamo area and searched once again for the Shooting Gallery Petroglyph site and this time I found it. Without GPS coordinates (and general mileage numbers), it would be virtually impossible to find the turn off. (Even with those it was pretty rough. Then, a portion of the second road has been washed out. Luckily, others had gone before me and blazed a bit of desert path as a bypass.

14322655_10154383563211145_1491018150718291557_nI was pretty excited when I found the registration box. I headed out, followed the directions I had, but spotted something up in the hills. So, I scrambled up the mountain of boulders and was rewarded with some excellent petroglyphs that weren’t in the GPS list. Plus, I got a good view of the valley.

I headed back down to the desert floor, followed the boulders to the west, and found an alcove that I know has been a village spot. I sat under an ancient juniper and mediated for quite a while, enjoying the shade of the old tree and the great energy of the place.14238258_10154383563241145_4598199050077403964_n That’s also where I found this petrolyph that really spoke to me.

Eventually, I got back into the wash and found several other glyphs. I didn’t climb up into the rocky canyon to get close to the Parhaganet Men, and I also never found the starburst antler deer. I thought I’d find them on my way back, but ended up in the wrong wash (there were at least three washes that converged into the valley.

14222341_10154383563196145_2202717405215141743_nOn my way back to my truck, I suffered a bit of heat exhaustion and spent about an hour resting in a shady, sandy spot with my head filled with the knowledge that this was probably a place with big cats. (I’m reading Life of Pi, so big images of big cats fill my head!)

Anyway, I recovered, discovered I was walking up the wrong wash, and, using GPS, found my truck and then my way back out to the main road.

I don’t know why this site has caused me so many issues (two trips to find it, not seeing the “famous” rock art, heat exhaustion, et. al.) I do think I’ll go back in cooler weather and see if I can’t find the star burst and hike that side canyon, too. For now, I’m just happy to be alive to take another Friday Field Trip next week.

Get Lost

I was out for my Friday Field Trip (#fridayfieldtrip) looking for another Rock Art site in the Pahranagat valley and I couldn’t find the turn. I was close to where I wanted to be, I knew that, but it was frustrating not to find the exact location. So, I continued on my stubborn way, thinking it must be just up the road, until I arrived near the top of a mountain. The benefit of my keep-going-ed-ness was this view:

Ash Springs

Those plants represent a sheer cliff face and the view is out back toward Alamo, Ash Springs, and bit more of the valley.

Nope, no rock art this week, but a great, back country adventure driving some tight, mountain roads, a great view, a few hours driving, which I love, and a bit more of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina from Audible. Not a bad Friday Field Trip.