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Oct 02 2021
Petrophile
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TGIF in AZ, AZ 
TGIF in AZ, AZ
 
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I found a photo of a beautiful pictograph in Sedona. The search was on. I found everything I could and was able to narrow down the area where the pictograph was located. I arrived in the hiking area early Friday morning. My hiking buddy and I looked around. He said what is that white thing up there( in the distance, thanks for a bright morning sun). I laughed and said, that is the sign that says this is an archaeological area. You found the site. I dont know the name of the new site, new to me.

After hitting the first site, we did the tourist thing at Palatki and Honanki. My hiking buddy had never been to those sites so I said what the heck. I had my reasons for going. At the end of the tour at Palatki, we spoke to the tour guide and asked question to test her knowledge. I asked about the OTHER pictographs in this area. Her eyes told me where to look. I forgot to thank her. We could easily see where one site was located because she said they were photographing the site. We could see some scaffolding in an area along the cliff. Then I took photos with my telephoto lens on the way out. When I got home I looked at the photos and could see the white shield.

At Honanki there is a cave to the east that is suppose to have a snake pictograph. It's a short hike up. Yes there is one long snake pictographs.

Snake Gulch in two week.
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Sep 12 2021
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Sedona Pictograph/Petroglyph Hunt, AZ 
Sedona Pictograph/Petroglyph Hunt, AZ
 
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On Friday I finally went to Sedona to see some of the pictograph sites, and lucky to find a few petroglyphs. Earlier in the year I saw a photoset, [ photoset ] , that got me doing some research on the area. Found some info that was really helpful.

First site I visited was in Hartwell Canyon. I took the scenic route in hopes I would find something interesting on the way. I didn't, but I found the large site I was looking for. Real nice site unfortunately there is modern graffiti there. Looking around I found a point, arrowhead, on the slope leading to the site. One of the best I found. I think that makes it 17 now.

On the way back to the jeep I took a different scenic route. Lucky me. I saw a small wall up in the cliffs. I put on the telephoto lens and saw a white checkered like design on the wall next to the small wall. Made my way up and found a few white and red pictographs on the wall and found a petroglyph panel. The petroglyph panel was facing up in a small clamshell area. You can see the photo in my photoset. I actually found another ruin site on the way to the jeep. It had cultural material around the ruin but no Picto/petroglyphs around it.

After seeing some great stuff, I hopped in the jeep and moved down toward Honaki. I was looking for a new site in Loy Canyon. The info I founded called it Snake Pictograph Site. Half of the hike was on an established trail then the other half was free styling though I did find a set of footprints that I began to follow. I left you a set of footprint if you go. Oh this was a great site. I have to go back in the early morning so the site is shaded and I can see and photograph some other good pictographs. In one area of the site there is a motion camera. You dont see it at first because you turn a corner around a large rock and see this great panel. The panel distracts you so much that you dont see the camera. It's a good thing to have a camera there. Just incase someone does something stupid. WE WANT YOU BIG BROTHER(DB)
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Sep 06 2021
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Heber/Showlow Hike, AZ 
Heber/Showlow Hike, AZ
 
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Looked for some short hikes so my wife could join me. I have to do this every once in a while so I can upgrade the jeep. I convince her, SHE, needed the upgrades for our adventures. She has two new knees. She is still getting use to them. Hikes have to be short.

Our first hike to the pictograph site was a 100 yard hike but the last 30 yards was steep, rocky, and a bit loose. There is one angle to photograph the pictographs. The one photo in the photoset is that one angle. There is a crawl space under the pictographs but it is to close to the pictographs to take a good picture and it is a dangerous area to crawl into. This site is south of Heber AZ.

The second site was in Show Low. I did not actually know where the Show Low Bluff Site was located but I thought I had narrowed it down to a certain area. I thought that I would get within .25 miles of the site or even drive up the the site. Ended up I parked .2 miles from the site. Getting that close took a few attempts driving around. I was concerned that my wife would not be able to make it to the site since I did not know the exact location and I did not know if we would have to scramble down the side of the bluff down to the water below. Ended up finding the site near the top of the bluff. It was well packed on the bluff. The site was about 30-40 feet long. The quality of the photos depend on the sun light. We had the noon day sun.
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Mar 06 2021
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Agua Fria Places, AZ 
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I really like Hansenaz's photoset last week, [ photoset ] . I had the area marked on my list of places to go. There is a ruin that Hansenaz explored, NA11595. From his photoset, he showed a lot of great petroglyphs. So I wrote to the Master last week and got a few tips.

My photoset does not include the petroglyphs Hansenaz found [ photoset ] . I found those petroglyphs also. My photoset is just the extra stuff I found on this adventure.
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Feb 14 2021
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Cabeza Prieta, AZ 
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With my permit in hand I took a second trip to Charle Bell Well at Cabeza Prieta. The area is an archeological district with petroglyphs, artifacts, trails, shrines, a village, and several living areas. On my first trip I just wanted to see the main site with petroglyphs. On this trip, I camped out over night to have more time looking around.

I wanted to find the hohokam village, which is about .5 miles from the well. We found the site. The village had a trail thru the middle of the site with petroglyphs along the trail and scattered thru the site. Near the village I found a chert point. Yahoo! Found a few plain sherds near the village but did not find any in the village area. As for the shell pendant, my hiking partner found it. This was not found near the village. He found it closer to the well in our camp.

Planning another trip to follow the trail to the south and or to the west to see some of the other sites I know about. Most likely do that next February.
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Jan 20 2021
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FR 41 Drive, AZ 
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I wanted to get out on Sunday but I did not have the energy to do any hiking. I decided to drive Forest Road 41 along New River from I-17 to Seven Spring Area then home.
As I was driving along that bumpy road, I actually saw some water crossing the road from a drainage. I had to check that out, WATER? I did not want to hike but here I was looking at the water and I had no idea where it was coming from.

I started to walk up the drainage. As I got further up the drainage, I started to see pools of water. I could hear the water moving from pool to pool. Eventually I found something. I found one great panel and a small habitat area close to the panel. I stopped at the panel and turned back to the jeep. I did not find the source of the small stream.
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Aug 01 2020
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Squaw Creek Ruin, AZ 
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Got an early start to beat the heat. When we started just before 6am it was 76degrees. When we left at 1130am-ish it was 96degrees. I think it heated up so quickly due to all those black rocks absorbing the heat.

A few month ago I did a hike down to Squaw Creek. On the way back up I saw alot of petroglyphs high on the cliffs but I was too tired to check them out. This trip was to see those petroglyphs while I was fresh.

The real pleasant surprise was the large arrowhead. This arrowhead was outside the perimeter wall in an area with alot of flakes and a few core chunks. In fact we found 5 partially developed arrowheads in the same area.
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