Some days you just have to go somewhere
Whenever we get to Utah, it’s to get work done for the art shows. Which is great, but not very adventurous, and I can get a little stir crazy. Sunday, was that day.
So, we all got in the truck and headed south for a day trip. We really didn’t have a destination in mind, but we ended up on the western edge of the San Rafael Swell. We have spent a lot of time in this general area in the past, and we remembered a short hike we did that went to a great petroglyph panel.
And desert, that was the best part.
On the drive down we saw more hawks than I have ever seen. It was like the great hawk show, but the only critters we saw on our hike were lizards.
Classic lizard pose.
The petroglyph panel is not huge, but it has so many petroglyphs and is just amazing.
There are so many stories here, and so many odd creatures that you could spend hours trying to decipher it all.
These look like birds, but they have antennae.
This was obviously a bear, killing an elk though.
But then there is this. See the single line that starts way up at the top, and travels down the whole length? There are circles on it towards the bottom, but then near the top there is an alien looking creature.
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And what are the odd creatures to the left of that line?
Sadly, the big chunk that is gone from the main panel was removed by vandals. And there are several places were people scratched in their names, or some other stupid thing. It’s really too bad that people have no respect for this ancient art.
This panel is right next to the main one, but on a different type of stone. More odd creatures, and the circles look like a counter of some kind. Nobody really knows what the symbols all mean. Some are obviously just animals, and maybe a record of hunting. But the petroglyphs that look like aliens are the ones that always make me think, and they are all over in the ancient art of the southwest.
These are along the trail.
I was really glad we ended up here, and I got a tiny desert fix.
We drove back a different way, and went up and over a high elevation pass that still had lots of snow on the ground. So we had deserts, and mountains all in one day.
Do you ever just have to…Drive?