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jbeegoode

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Re: At Long Last!!
« Reply #45 on: June 14, 2016, 06:43:17 PM »
I've got a Tonopah (hot water under bush) story that will be refurbished and posted someday. We rented the now defunct Casa Blanca Zen tool shed and hiked into the hills and off to some petrogylphs for my B-day, a few days, a few years ago.

I know that park from 1970. We got kicked out of a cave after a Jethro Tull concert (unimaginable state of mind, note the era) by a police patrol car. I wasn't sure if I really heard it. I had been listening to trains going through the mountain that night. My friends had to confirm the hassle. Had to climb down a cliff, with sleeping bag in hand, to get to the VW and the flashing lights. It was arduous. I still don't know how tall it was, it seemed very very tall and treacherous at the time. My friend drove us away. We then parked and the three of us tried sleeping in the bug, until the sun came up. The show was fabulous and the hue of the streetlights was fascinating. Ah yes, the sixties....

That is a pretty well trodden, lower elevation heat location (Phoenix basin 2000 ft. elevation). I'm surprised that you were able to get nude use out of it. I would think that you were very resourceful to do that.
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Re: At Long Last!!
« Reply #46 on: June 14, 2016, 08:53:29 PM »
Nice report John (nuduke). It's good to see that your confidence is growing.
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Re: At Long Last!!
« Reply #47 on: June 14, 2016, 11:16:24 PM »
Thank you, Dave.  If the torrential rain would stop maybe I could get out again!
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Re: At Long Last!!
« Reply #48 on: June 15, 2016, 07:32:55 AM »
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. . . and hiked into the hills and off to some petrogylphs for my B-day . . .

My wife and I were hiking out in the desert 60 miles or so south of town among petrglyphs so old they were starting to disappear. We were very isolated and I spent some time walking around naked at an ancient rock shelter with glyphs surrounding the site.

Rather special.

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« Reply #49 on: June 15, 2016, 09:12:18 AM »
What is it that is so special about walking nude in old native ruins, petrogylphs, pictographs, haunts? I get a sense of the place and those who habituated there before. My imagination looks to them being there, and sometimes, it is as if they are, in spirit, around. Sometimes there is a kinship. DF has a place in the Churicahuas where she swears she lived before as a woman. There are those senses, but they seem enhanced nude.
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« Reply #50 on: June 15, 2016, 03:56:27 PM »
We love going to abandoned human sites. Any type. Western, native, recent or ancient. Standing in a mining ghost town or an old pit house always brings to me the same reaction. How did the people that were here live? We’ve been in ancient native sites and western sites of settler towns, Civil and Revolutionary War locations and I always has that same reaction.

In museums that devote space to the native culture you see artifacts that have clear uses and others that produce nothing but speculation. Based solely on archaeology you can see dioramas that depict a somewhat idyllic and simple life. Most probably it was more survival than living. I realize that the climate here is drier now than 1500 yrs. ago, but it was still a desert then. Just not as dry as now.

At any rate, it is always fun to imagine the people and the life they had. We traverse this landscape in devices those people would have considered magic. We have no clue how they lived or what moved them. When I stand in the middle of a desert landscape that is removed from our civilization so that I cannot see or hear any evidence of it, the size and impact of that landscape reminds me how a small and simple mistake could reduce down to a handful, the choices I have to survive. For those people, that was a daily routine.

So they made their marks on the stones, boulders and walls of the desert. We were here and survived for a while! What those figures are and what they mean is lost. It is all speculation. All we do is stand there and observe their handiwork and are amazed that they managed to do what they did.

Yeah, special indeed.

Duane