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Painted DesertNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2007
PaleoRob
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2nd Semi-Annual Painted Desert Rendezvous

The 2nd Semi-Annual Painted Desert Rendezvous went off fabulously this weekend. Matt, Liz, Doug, Rhonda, Mike, and Wally, plus myself did an overnight backpack out in the Painted Desert. We were joined the first day by my friend Graci, a ranger at the Grand Canyon, and her friend Kara. We found tons and tons of amazing stuff all over the place, everywhere we looked. Started out kinda slow. Some sherds, a phytosaur tooth. Then Matt found the first petroglyph panel. That kicked it off. Then there was the snakeskin. Then the next petroglyph panel. Made it into a basin, dropped our packs, and began to explore. Climbed a mesa nearby, and found amazing things. Pottery by the bushel, pithouses, manos sitting in metates. Saw a small King Snake. Thought it was all very cool. Scrambled down, saw a few more glyphs, and then came on "Pottery Hill," possibly one of the coolest sites ever. Potsherds everywhere. Big sherds. And all decorated, or very tight corrugations. A few more manos and metates. Rims. More 'glyphs. Windy like crazy. Mike pulled off the find of the day with a 50% complete ladle. Handle was intact, bowl was about 25% there. Totally blew me away. Made our way down to camp. More 'glyphs.
Woke up the next morning, and Mike, Wayne, and myself (later joined by Matt) returned to Pottery Hill, and then climbed a nearby peak. Doug, Rhonda, and Liz took off, to rendezvous later out in the desert. Went back to camp, saddled up, and headed back out into the moonscape. Wandered some more. Found some really strange agate ridges (not petrified logs), and then started making our way back to the trucks. Found some more glyphs. Another phytosaur tooth. Just before getting back to the vehicles, I came across a pot eroding out of the hillside. Next ridge over, we found parts of fossil pine cones. Awesome awesome trip. Can't wait for the 3rd Semi-Annual Trip next spring!
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