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Back Country Zero Archeology

Date: 5/29/2016
Day: 23
Distance: 2.5 miles
start: 7:00 am
stop: 7:30 am
Elevation: 6243 ft
Others Here: Cloudbuster, John, Susan, Kalena
Camp: Near Ojo Frio; Cowboying

Had a bit of a late start this morning and made it to the road before Ojo Frio by 7:30 or 8am.  There was a small sign by the road “CDT hikers trail magic”.  Of course we walked up the road.   The folks here are or for the weekend to do some archaeological exploring and help any hikers that stumble by.   John made some fantastic breakfast burritos.  Two a-piece.

Cloudbuster and I had just been talking last night about slowing down to give the snow time to melt, so it was a no brainer when they invited us along to see the Tapia Canyon ruins and petroglyphs.  John is an archaeologist and Susan is a geologist, which made for a very interesting and informative hike.

We were privileged to see Chacon and Navaho ruins and petroglyphs.  Not only that but they led us through an amazing slot canyon.  This is where Susan took over narration.   It might have been a bit of information overload, but was a once in a lifetime experience for me.  John taught us about many of the petroglyphs and Susan about concreations formed in the burrows of little shrimp-like creatures and septarian nodules that are markers for the Cretatous period.  The concreations are formed when iron leaches into the tunnels via positive/negative charge.  What a fantastic day. Though the 4 wheel drive access road was slightly terrifying; John doesn’t slow down.

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