|Jeffry hikes over the lava flow near the Kelbaker Road
It's slow going but fun to look for petroglyphs
|The lichen is very colorful against the dark lava
|The first petroglyph I spotted
|I think the one on the bottom right looks like a tortoise shell
|Is this petroglyph real or fake??
Most people who attempt to carve a petroglyph give up - it's extremely hard
carving thick lines in hard rock and it takes a long, long time to do a good job. If
you ever visit a petroglyph site you may see where others have attempted their
initials or the like and their carvings are usually very thin and shallow.
Well, we saw this petroglyph near both authentic petroglyphs and ones you can
tell were fake. This one obviously took some time to do due to the thickness of
the lines and some of the smaller markings are typical authentic petroglyph
signs. But it appeared a little lighter in coloration from the authentic ones, and
the subject matter makes me skeptical. Anyway, the ranger at the visitor
center couldn't say one way or the other. What do you think?
|The hike up to the top of the tallest dune at Kelso Dunes is a
tough one. It's hard enough walking on the loose sand when it's
level. There are portions of this hike that are at about a 70*
angle :p Jeffry and I hiked up as a couple and two of their young
daughters were. The two girls often would crawl up the very
steep portions. I wanted to crawl sometimes as well! I was
impressed that those two girls, aged about 5 and 7, made it!
|This is Jeffry right before the steep part
|Uh, yep, this was the freakin' steep section!
You take a step up and slide on back down... Then repeat!
|This part wasn't too hard...
|Zooming in on the lower dune to the east
|We made it!
|The two girls had a ball at the top sliding down the steep side
of the dune then crawling back up over and over again
|This guy came crawling right up the steepest part of the dune
and was completely out of breath when he made it to the top
|The view looking north
In the distance is Soda Dry Lake near
Baker where this sand originated
|The view looking west
|The view looking east
|Those are the Providence Mountains
|Jeffry throws a handful of sand into the wind
|Jeffry and I start walking down the
steep southern side of the dune and try
to create the "booming" noise
|Soon enough we're at the bottom of the
steep section where we made and heard
and felt the booming
|Life on the dunes
|Alpenglow on the cliffs near our campsite that evening
|What a great campfire! :)
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|What a great sunset!