Well . . . we had a very warm couple of weeks at the end of March/early April. Highs were well into the 80's every day. But it has cooled off again here in Phoenix. Today was cool all day and the temperature was below 60 when I went out to exercise Bubba the black lab at about 8:00 PM.The cooler weather coaxed SGSpouse and I into expending significant energy to re-locate and document a very difficult to reach petroglyph site on the Agua Fria National Monument. We went with some equally insane archaeolics. We started with 7 people, but only 4 of us made it all the way to the site and back. To get to the site we drove about 1 - 1/2 hours north to the monument, then about 1 hour 4WD across a terribly bumpy and washed out two-track, then hike over the side of a cliff and down 980 feet with no trail. Amazingly, once we got down into Squaw Creek, we only had to explore for about 20 minutes before locating the rock art. We also found 6 previously undocumented ruins on our way down. Then we got to reverse the trip to get back home. We decided the route we took to get down was too difficult so we would try an alternative route out. That was a mistake. Our alternate route was even worse. But we did find and documented the site we were looking for and also took GPS points and some notes on artifact assemblages and approximate room counts of our six newly discovered ruins. Here are some shots of the petroglyphs:http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=6adeb3f5-c915-4e90-959e-...http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=1ac90ed9-bb6e-4599-8c2e-...http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=24f705f8-c7d9-4dcd-bd62-...http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=88598afb-ece3-48b8-987d-...http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=e0750bb3-6e3a-4500-9298-...http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=afbf8285-acf8-4b72-b37c-...http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=a33fa817-8538-4ceb-9574-...and here's a pseudo-3D image of one of the boulders:http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=d702cefb-0103-472b-a033-...
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