In this part of the country, it's all about the peaks. If you're young enough and healthy enough, you may get bitten by the peak fever. It starts slow. You may want to hike this or that peak in your back yard. Then you want to do a 14'er. Then you want to do all the 14'ers. When you finish the 14'ers, you start to look at the 13'ers, all the summits in a county, all the county high points, all the high points in the 50 states, and so on and so on. Some people feel they haven't hiked if they didn't summit something.
|I wish I could draw arrows and circles, but there is an animal up higher on the right.|
|Dunno what all of it is or means, but it looks cool.|
|I will let you draw your own conclusion what this might be about.|
|Because of the headdress, someone thought this might depict a shaman.|
|This was to the right of the shaman was this figure. It kind of looks like he's holding a cross in the left hand.|
|The remains of the church and old cemetery.|
The last stop required a river crossing. So fun! Normally, you try to stay dry, but we brought appropriate footwear to change into, and you just step in. I had old tennis shoes, and it's really an odd sensation to feel all of the air bubbles release and then you are squishing water with every step. But it was hot out and the water was cool and it was fun to wade across the river, so there you go.
And our destination on the other side of the river? Dinosaur tracks! For real, folks!
It is, unfortunately, sort of hard to get in pictures, but we were walking where the dinosaurs walked. My favorite was the brontosaurus tracks. You could see the paths that they walked. The rock was all rounded between their footsteps and almost still looked like mud. You could almost see their feet squishing in. There are several sets of parallel tracks, showing that there was some social behavior. Dinosaur bones may show something of what they looked like when they died, but their tracks show something of how they lived. It was such a crazy feeling to be there in the middle of their footprints.
|Their feet were a little bigger than mine.|
The conditions have to be just perfect for the fossils to form in the first place, and then they have to be just perfect again for them to be uncovered for us to see them. It was so great to get to experience that.
|A little something pretty that I found on the way out.|