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Day 5: 16.5 miles!

We cranked out over 16 miles today.  Well, 13 miles of actual survey and an additional 3.5 of going around arroyos and shifting over for each new transect.  We accomplished this while dodging the thunderstorms that were surrounding us on … Continue reading

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Today’s Photo: Cedar Mesa Pothole

The nearest water for several miles, this pothole is situated on the edge of Cedar Mesa, overlooking the Valley of the Gods.  It is home to assorted shrimp, frogs and various water insects, and provides drinking water for numerous wildlife … Continue reading

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Today’s Photo: Corn cobs in Grand Gulch

  Arriving in the Southwest between 2000 BC and 1500 BC, maize or “corn” quickly became a staple food and dramatically altered the life patterns of anyone that adopted it.  Hunter-gatherers became agriculturalists, practicing irrigation, building permanent housing and staying … Continue reading

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America’s Great Outdoors IdeaJam

All ideas President Obama has launched a national dialogue about conservation in America to learn about some of the smart, creative ways communities are conserving outdoor spaces. What are your ideas on the following topics: * Challenges – What obstacles … Continue reading

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Cliff Dwellings, Alcoves, Potsherds and “Museum Rocks”..

I have just returned from a backpacking trip, exploring a remote canyon system in Canyonlands National Park, UT.  In addition to the incredible desert canyon scenery, you can see some of the more interesting archaeological sites to be found in the Southwest.  Rock … Continue reading

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Crypto:Endangered dirt…

I remember once working with an archaeologist from Provo, UT who would scoff mockingly at anyone telling him to stay on the trail and/or slick rock, to not go tromping through the “crypto.”  “Oh my heck!” he would say, “Don’t get so excited, … Continue reading

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