Ran in to Bob Wallace at Mesa Arch.
Bob is a full time Interpretive Ranger for the Park
Day 4 - Hidden Valley
Most of the locals say that some of the best hiking around Moab is
outside of the parks... If Hidden Valley is an example I would
have to agree. It starts in a parking lot just
outside Moab and a un-marked trail leads up to some pretty interesting
Petroglyphs. Round trip including Jon's added loop around the
Mesa was approximately 7 miles...
All the images or "rock art" that we
viewed were carved or "pecked" in the stone probably using a rock tool.
Although it is referred to as art it seems unlikely that these
represent art as we understand it today. Road signs, signatures,
religious symbols, territory markings, possibly cartoons or maybe even
early mathematics is more likely the case. If you look closely
there are actually layers of older carvings; the same spots being used
for a long time. How long and the real meanings behind them is
still being studied and debated. Some of the images are pretty
easy to figure out, such as the animals but some are pretty
strange. Is the image above on the left a person in a space
suit ? or... a symbol for a pregnant women? One thing is for
sure... It would be interesting to get inside the head of these
"artists" to really know.
The drive home...
We hit the road Friday morning for the trip home...
Stopped for fuel in Roy Utah around noon. Ask just about
anyone in Roy where's a good place to get a quick lunch and they will say
"the Burger Bar" which of course is "Home of
the Big Ben". And it was... Great burgers and home made onion rings. After
days of hiking it tasted pretty good.
We spent Friday night in
Baker City Oregon
. The best bet for lodging there is the Geiser Grand Hotel.
First opened in 1889, the hotel was closed for almost 30 years before
being restored and re-opened in 1997. No town is complete
without a brewpub... and we had a great dinner at Barley Brown's
Saturday was an easy drive home with a
quick stop in Ellensburg for dinner with Max. Caught the
8:00 ferry back to Whidbey.
Round trip to Moab and back was around
There is so much to do around Moab and there's a number of things we
would still like to see so we plan to go back again soon...