I didn't want to do anything too strenuous just a day before my lung biopsy so we set off to locate some old Native American ruins just North of Roosevelt Lake that wouldn't be hiking as much as driving close enough to limit the hiking. Good thing because I ended up with a collapsed lung from the biopsy along with an extra 24 hour stay in the VA hospital. But no matter, the great news was the mass was NOT malignant!
Instead it is non-symptomatic coccidioidomycosis, or "valley fever" so unless symptoms arise later no treatment is scheduled.
By mapping out our expected routes the day before it was just a matter of driving along the GPS route and just a slight route change while on foot to avoid steep climbs and/or thorny brush. The first ruin site had plenty of rooms originally but the state of the site was pretty much 'ruined'. We noticed some river-rock walls in the wash below the ruins but they didn't seem related to the ruins on the hill, although I can't say definitively. With a sharp eye for pottery shards Tracey located enough to be worth a photo. After scouring the first site we dropped down into the wash to check out the river-rock walls a bit closer. That was a bit easier said than done due to a lot of thorny brush in the wash. Once out of that mess we returned to the car for the drive to the 2nd ruins we planned to visit.
After another short drive over some rough terrain we were well within sight of the next planned ruin site for the day. Just a short climb and we were greeted by a wall very much like the ones we saw at the first ruin site. While the two sites were roughly the same size the second seemed slightly more intact, likely due to being more overgrown with vegetation. With more to see we spent more time exploring. The first highlight was an empty snake-skin, yet it paled in comparison to the pottery shards that again eagle-eyed-Tracey located. The real find was an Anasazi-style white-on-black pottery shard, the sight along made it well-worth the hike.
Not having too much time left we drove a little farther along the road toward Boyer Cabin for some pictures in the ravine below the second ruin site before heading home.
Again close to a hundred photos so I picked out the best for my HAZ photoset, but you can see the full set here:http://www.changephoenix.com/11/2011-05-23Ruins13-14.html