Fremont Indians are known to have employed both pictographs (paint) and petroglyphs (carving/engraving) and often hybrids combining both methods as can be seen below the half moon pictograph in this image.
Haven't done much of a hike since Yellowstone in early August, mostly because of being busy with family life and other commitments since then along with some on-going health concerns. However, I was able to lead some scouts down to get a taste of Capitol Reef National Park this weekend and it was nice to get back out on a trail, if only a mile up to Hickman Bridge.
Happy birthday to this wild, crazy, beautiful girl.
Lightning Strike? Maybe...Yes, electricity can mold, sculpt, shape, and erode rock just as much as wind, water, and ice...in fact, much more so. I've been keeping an open mind toward some theories out there that state catastrophic electrical events including immense arcs and discharges from comets or other extra terrestrial objects passing closely by Earth in not so distant ancient times had a huge impact on the current landscape of many parts of the world and a profound influence on ancient cultures all around the world. According to these theories, much evidence exists all across the Colorado Plateau, both in the geology and in the rock art. It is mind blowing and fascinating to consider the possibilities in light of the historical evidence. On a much smaller scale, given the black area surrounding this very small crater and its texture pattern, found on a boulder in a desert field near Torrey, Utah, I'm quite confident this little formation was indeed created by a lightning strike.
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Bountiful bucket of corn to roast and freeze today.
Here's a shot of Timpanogos from over 2 years ago. I haven't been up since. Thought about going up over the weekend but decided to let the crowds have it and opted to make it a lazy weekend with my family instead. I haven't done any big hike in over a month, actually, mostly because much of my spare time has been spent trying to catch up on house projects and getting ready for one last baby to join our family this fall. Hopefully I can get back up in the mountains sometime this next month when the fall colors really start to pop.
The Heart of Timpanogos. 💓
It was a pleasure to serve as chaperone on Willow's 5th grade field trip up to Timpanogos Cave today. Bonus: After 17 years, I got to reconnect with my high school biology teacher, the great ranger Jay Allen. He's retired from teaching now, but he's been a ranger at the cave now for over 40 years and at 71 years old, he's still at it!