Nobody got hurt! That was the good news on this Sunday morning November 3rd. Trish and I set off to see the big waterfall and some new villages that have been eroding out since the last rains. I decided to park the Hummer on top of a hill overlooking some deep gorges.
I left the ranch road went across some open mesa towards the Cuervo or gorge up the hill.
As I raced to the top I noticed some strange rocks on the ground and Trish was taking a deep inhale. I swerved to the left just as she cried out that there was no land where we had headed. It turned out that the hill was a razor back and was a sheer cliff on the side we could not see. Had we continued another five feet over the hill we would have plunged A hundred fee to the gorge below.
No picture will do it justice but it pays to go slow as possible up a hill. This is a conflict as it took speed to get to the top. No one was hurt but We are wiser. The walk to the falls on this windy cold day was a task. There was a pool of water under the lip of the falls from the rains days before.
The reason we were so intent on this visit is the Greg the magnet had located a perfect 1 inch point the weekend before.
This one was just as perfect as the other he had found near our window rock village.
These are now part of my collection.
The best are:
Trish took an R & R before we decide to look at some of the petroglyphs to the south of the falls.
We decided to visit the ancient hunting grounds at the base of the Water fall to the south in the volcanic rock and trees of mesa Preiata. Under a tree limb we found the following pictures and diagrams. It has been hidden from the sun by the tree branch for many years.
Another was found behind a tree. There is a notion that by etching the picture of the animal in the hunt this would bring the picture into reality. Kinda artistic wish fulfillment. This story is passed down in oral history by pueblo people. I have another view. Each time I visit the big falls I put a stone in one of the nichos at the top of the falls. Trish ask me why I do this. I let her know that it shows each visit to me and others. The stones are special picks and can only be placed there by humans. I think this record is similar to the picture records on the hunting petroglyph. Each hunter is unique and has several arrows from their arms. I believe that each arrow or line represents a sugsessfull hunt of the elk pictured on the rock. it shows others the skill of the hunter and the fruitfulness of the area. Also depicted are water holes and the locations of the game. But! I could be wrong.
To give you some scale Trish is front of this one showing the position of the large water falls in the area.
I study this one over and over.
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