September 24, 2016

We (my GF Amy {aka Barabara}) and I and my travel trailer as shown in the wallpaper surrounding this post, traveled cross country to Vernal, Utah leaving on the 24th of September.  The purpose being, to meet up with a group of Archeologists from several different places: England, Minnesota, Sacramento, Borrego, the Bay area, and a few other places.  There were twenty four then twenty five of us, traveling together as the Sacramento Archeological Society, forming a twelve and thirteen car long caravan as we scooted from one major Archaeological site to another, hitting three and four places to view and study in one day.  We visited two dinosaur digs, actually viewing dinosaur bones sticking out of the earth in the process of removal or left as is, just for display.  Being a large group, we were often able to get personal guides to tutor us and take us through exhibits and digs.  The whole excursion spanned ten days.


From a campsite in NV off of Hwy 50 on Sunday September 25, "The Loneliest Hwy in the world."  What can I say?  The Alligator Farm sign pointed to a campground just two miles off of the highway which featured not alligators but a lot of glyph panels.  Something we were going to see plenty of when we arrived in Vernal, Utah.

Still at the same campsite, I thought I was discovering an Owl's nest but alas, just bird poop.  These rocks have perfect nesting holes and maybe I just missed whatever was living in this one.  That one outcropping with two apparent eyes, certainly fooled me until I looked at the photo very closely.


Then arriving in Vernal Utah, we stopped at and camped for two nights in Dinosaur National Monument.  On the very first day, we set out to look for glyphs. In the above photo, Amy aka Barbara, is shown with Glyphs behind and to her left, after a grueling steep hike of a mile or so.  We were told that several tribes have distinct styles in the way they draw humans and animals.  We look for swirls, snakes, animals large and small, and note unusual styles or art attempts.  You can see several examples of "Rock Art" on the panel just behind Amy.

More Glyphs from same trail at Dinosaur National Monument.

The landscape in this area of Utah, is always varied, always beautiful, always contrasting.

09/28/2016--->  McConkie Ranch is about ten miles North of Vernal, Utah in Dry Fork Canyon:

A Cotton Ball growing wild in nature.  Apparently wild cotton was even abundant in the times of the Indian occupation.  I took one apart and it is amazingly soft once you get rid of the seeds.  It was easy to rub my palms together and produce yarn.  

Hiking towards the "Three Kings" glyph panel with knee high grasses surrounding us.

Flowers in the Fall?  Amazing!  This is called a Rabbit Bush.  I later learned that the Indians used several parts of this plant for food and medicinal purposes.  For now, only a late season snack for pollinators.

Target Practice?  Better then shooting at Glyphs.  I photographed this because of it's interesting nature.  Nobody had shot at it but it certainly looked like it could have been placed there for that purpose.  I also wanted to record the log fence which is so often used on these rustic ranches in this part of the "West."

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to Glyph viewing we go.  The Glyph panels were as much as 2 miles sometimes only a half mile from the trail head.  A few of them, could be viewed while parked on the road side.

Spectacular rock formations are abundant.  Especially ones that appear to be balanced precariously.

We "Three Kings" of Utah are.  These Glyphs are located very high off the ground requiring binoculars or in my case, a 400mm lens to view. One must remember, this is rock art which is thousands of years old. You can imagine that each figure may have taken days or weeks to produce, and each figure or glyph may have been done months, maybe centuries apart.  Also Glyphs have been vandalized and shot at ever since they were discovered by mostly White European settlers and their descendants.  It's a lucky find if they haven't been.  This particular glyph panel was on private property and over 100 feet high off of the ground, which explains why there is no vandalism and even only a few bullet holes.

Faintly visible and pecked into the rock.  Aged naturally over a thousand or so years so the contrast is diminished.

Not all Glyphs are old or Indian.  It is sometimes obvious that some glyphs are imitations by later individuals trying to imitate this art form or adulterate it not to mention the "Joe Peckinhimer, 1897" individual, intent on being recognised as having been here.  No, Joe isn't on this panel but the names and dates of others are readily apparent and included in the Rock Art we viewed.  I suppose, in a thousand years from now, people will marvel at their names as well but they will still be known as the jerks who vandalilized "Indian Rock Art" in their day and age.

Circles are sometimes known to represent shields.  It's not difficult to imagine.  It could also be a clan marking, who knows?

I'm amazed at the porous nature of these otherwise boulders often making nesting opportunities for our present day winged dinosaurs aka birds..

Do you see four or do you see five lizards?  If you see five, good for you, you would be right.

Dubbed Martini Man!  Can you guess why?  Glyph interpretation is often left up to the observer and may be intreprted as many different things as there are observers.  In this case Martini Man because of the apparent shape of the art to it's left.

This is probably present day imitation glpyh.  Rock art is easily imitated but you can't age it to look like the real thing.

Snoop Dog!  I and a few of my friends enjoy finding shapes in cloud formations as well as in rocks.  This one struck me as being a Peanuts, cartoon strip character. a Beagle of sorts, a pet rock of sorts.

This may be a work in progress, apparently left unfinished. The artist probably got a smoke text message to stop by Seven Eleven to pickup some milk and had to leave it unfinished.

A Pack Rats Nest, exposed by a receding rock shelf.

09/30/2016-->Nine Mile Canyon:

The lizard top right may be original rock art, the lower left one, kind of suspect due to it's lack of aging and apparent stencil like perfection.

Road Hog!  We had to follow this rig for about five miles up to one Glyph site in Nine Mile Canyon, before getting a passing opportunity.  We never saw it again, after this photo was taken.  Notice how the trailer wheels are over the yellow line and the cargo is extending beyond the sides of the trailer.

Mr. Dan Foster (From Wilton (Elk Grove), CA), after having braved a scramble over several vertical rocks, to get some close up shots.

Ballon (Bolo) man on the top left and some obvious bullet damage.

Faint Glyphs but still apparent.  Some of our travelers have special "D-Stretch" software to bring out faint images.  I have not seen any results from them yet.

Studying the glyphs and enjoying them.  Sometimes spiritual, sometimes in exasperation if there is purposful damage or bullet pecks.  Mega version suffers a tad bit from camera shake but still worth viewing to see the Glyphs up close.  (click on the above)

I live on a cliff, drop over sometime.  We didn't find any Buffalo carcasas at the bottom.  Utah is definetely a state with abundant cliffs.

Liking that Lichen.

Hunters Panel.

Dan and Victoria Foster, posing for scale.  An example of one of the Glyphs visible from road side.

Top floor, Woman's Lingerie, 2nd from top, Men's hosiery, etc.

The frequent signage on Nine Mile Canyon road.  In addition, there were often warning signs not to cross if water was present.  Did you know that some cars will float in about a foot of water!  A well placed warning sign for sure.  So, carry a yard stick with you ;=)


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