Thursday, September 10, 2009

Fremont Indain State Park - Week #3

Yup, that's right... Week #3. And all because we didn't catch it all the first two weeks. But that's what's nice about it being so close. We don 't feel like we need to cram it all in one day. The kids get tire? fine... we'll hit the other spots next weekend. I love being close to things like that.
This week we hit:
  • The Canyon of Life... again
  • Spider Woman Rock Canyon
  • Cave of a Hundred Hands... again
  • Arch of Art AKA Coy's Canyon
  • and, as always, the Visitors Center. But only mostly because we had Tory with us and the kids wanted to share that experience with her.

First stop was Spider Woman Rock Canyon (Point of Interest #13). We got confused and hit the wrong canyon to start with but did find some bonus petroglyphs there too. Amazing the places these people got to, i tell ya! Finally finding the right canyon, we started with what we could find on our trail guides. This canyon had a lot of REALLY great petroglphs and pictographs... VERY cool! The hunting scene was a favorite of the kids. You could really pick out what kind of animals they were REALLY well. Our favorite was the elk, until we found the moose!

{the kids looking at the hunting scene panels. I really hate how the big one is all shot up though... stupid people!}

{still in the Spider Woman Rock Canyon. This one was my favorite. It was really clear and had a great story to it. And just around the corner to the left of it, we found some bonus petroglphys AND pictographs that weren't on our trail guide}

After the Spider Woman Rock Canyon, we headed to the Visitors Center to get a better idea on the petroglphs we couldn't find the week before at the "Canyon of Life". The desk lady was really funny about it and said that she hadn't been in that canyon before and she doesn't plan on ever going into "that" canyon ever. She was sorry she couldn't help but she didn't want to chance coming out "fertile" as the legends go. LOL - it was kinda humorous. She did, however, give us a few pointers and a bit more history. We decided to take our chances again, and headed up there for lunch and another quick look (and oddly enough, a "facts of life" exericence for Tory and Daylon, which was kinda fun)

{FINALLY finding the Mareo Panel we couldn't find the week before. It was WAY up high and really hard to find. It was a pretty steep hike to get up closer to it, but so very worth it to get a better look at it}

The other big Point of Interest we stopped at was the "Arch of Art" or "Coy's Canyon". It's just off the side of the road and if you look close, all these petroglphs just start popping out at you. Amongst all the petroglphs you start finding "Coy" written everywhere (or maybe you find COY first and then the petroglphs)
{a shot of the rock wall}

{the same shot, only with petroglphs and graffity circled}

This is definately worth going back and looking at better. By the time we got to this Point of Interest, Sam was wiped out and the kids had lost interest. Daylon came out and checked it out with me and we both decided we needed to do it again. Next time we'll check this one out and go check out the Rim Trail View from the road.

We've pretty much taken the kids on all the kid friendly hikes/trails/intrests in the park. Of the 13 points of interest, we've hit 10 of them. We hope to wipe out another one, maybe two if the one isn't too much for them, of those next time we go back. The last one is a scenic hike and WAY too long for the kids so we definately won't be doing that one.

Although, one of these days, i'm going to book a private "tour" for the Rim Trail View where they take you right up high on the cliff side right next to the petroglphs.
Definately not a kid hike but something i really want to do.


The Peterson Press said...

It looks like you guys had so much fun! Brynn and I love your new hair color! You are so dang cute! It was fun to see ya Em

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