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A NEWBIE TOUR OF THE SOUTH RANCH!
Well it all begins in January with me on the operating table three times and Etta Tabe wielding the knife to my heart and chest. Needless to say the fact that I am writing this indicates that thanks to his good work I am surviving. The In the hospital I had discussed the ranch with Etta and promised should I live that I would want to take him out for a Day tour. Something James and I call "The Newbie Tour". The first stop is always Collier canyon to visit the Hunting Blind. Here we practiced with the guns and went over the emergency stuff.
Behind the Collier Home is the small canyon with a couple of waterfalls running though it. A large hidden cave markss the entry to that special place.
On the right as you enter is the ancient shaped rock hunting blind.
James stands on the sand that has filled the blind over the last 1,000 years possibly. I have always wondered just how much weight this structure would hold as it has no flat foundation. Next we drive though the Calle Cuervo to Collier tank on the other side of the valley to visit a recognizable formation of rocks from an ancient Anastazi settlement.
James and Etta went up to the big waterfall and visited the Petroglyphs.
Next it was back across the Cuervo up Armijo road to the hidden canyon and the Cliff dwellings. Etta snaps a picture of James as you see the car down below. I am in the car.
As you can see these people were small and nimble. The ruins did have a channel for water to run between the rooms.
As you drive across the valley from the ruins in line of site is another canyon that is special. Just past the car you can see the cliffs that how the dwellings.
Into the canyon you pass a large ammonite embedded in a large bolder.
Looking out from the sweatlodge.
To the right side of the sweat lodge areas is a ledge. A very scary ledge to climb. So of course James had to try it.
And as usual James was successful so no lesson learned yet.
The petroglyphs are of three circles with the hand prints. Only two are still visible now.
Next Etta said what's in that cave up there? Well I had never been in it and was not up to the climb. So of course James and Etta went for it.
That's them in the entrance.
We left the sweatlodge areas and made tracks for home.
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