Well, yes, day 2 was pretty an absolutely spectacular human experience at the Grand Canyon. Today was SO much more a quiet day after that, and a 5 hour drive to Tucson. But today’s adventure with our Archealogy Scientist and History expert by our side was simply a moving adventure.
No, we skipped the B&B breakfast to join Homer & Evan….We drove out to the farm country Evan lives in, saw his garden just getting started….loved that, and some of his work. Just beyond his place, a turn on a rough dirt road, and soon we’re parked for beginning today’s hike:
**Remember, almost any of these are bigger to show scale: a CLICK may surprise you**
WHAT? THAT’s the DESERT? That was one astounding fact to learn on this trip: AZ wasn’t NEAR the desert 100 yrs ago it has already become after NEW Americans arrived and have sucked out enough water to drop local water tables 100 ft…. (can that EVER be saved?). THE PIC ABOVE shows a wetland being restored using “reclaimed” water from Tucson….it is a beautiful, calm, place.
Here’s where Homer & Evan begin pointing up on those rocks to the right…..and we began a little adventure studying petroglyphs that Homer dates about 1000 yrs ago….. (I HATE it when I hear New Americans say we arrived in America where NOTHING was happening…….Whew! We destroyed an entire civilization). The petroglyphs gave me many feelings inside about these people who lived here:
Aways down these cliffs this enormous deep smokey cave opened up….up from the stream, and I can only imagine the meetings Indian people had here with locals and travelers they would trade with:
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What a morning! Finally, we drove out, continued out to I-10….drove a few miles, and only couple miles off this freeway (which must cover thousands of relics over its mass distance), Homer & Evan showed us “pit” home sites, i.e., homes that had been dug halfway into the ground obviously to be cooler…. Pottery was made here from the orange cinder cones… They’re “pit” homes as the center of the site caves in over time and pottery shards are everywhere:
In a few seconds, I had these all in my hand. They show the local orange plain shard, and painted, etched shards showing pottery brought from other places to do trading:
This was a fascinating place…….dozens of pit homes, knowing this was a community at one time…….heartfelt quiet.
But time was moving on, we returned to part with Evan, and Homer began guiding to his home in Tucson where new adventures awaited……………….FIRST I MUST SAY: We arrive after Homer a few minutes. He IS a wildlife magnet….with feeders up, his yard was FULL of doves, thrashers, sparrows, finches and hummers. I gained new respect for our host.