Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Death Valley Petroglyphs

We went on an adventure last week.  We took a trip to Death Valley.  I had been there about 40 years ago...I must admit that I am not a fan of the desert.  I was being a good sport...times change....views change.  I learned that not all rocks are created equal!


I had no idea that I was going to get to see such fantastic geology!  I loved my college geology class and living in an area where there are earthquakes, there are numerous faults, uplifts, and beautiful striations (layers) to observe just out my back door.  In Death Valley I saw dramatic examples of uplifts and layers...wow!


My previous trip to Death Valley did not include any of these fantastic geological canyons.  We saw sea level, we saw the lowest point in the western hemisphere...we left...so much for Death Valley.  How sad that I visited such a rich area and didn't really see any of it.  I am so glad that we went...I am happy that we went with my SIL and BIL.  They love the area and took us to fantastic areas.  I will definitely go back.


The road on the way to the Valley was the "road less traveled"....but, we found some wonderful secrets held by the hills...petroglyphs!  The Kitchen Gnome loves the desert and on our way he recalled some petroglyphs he had visited.


Can you see them?  They are chipped into the side of the rock.


The interpretations vary based upon the Indian tribe.  Looking closely you can see a mountain goat, a river or snake, to the right of the mountain goat you can see a line with cross lines...


and last, the mountain goats.


The trip to Death Valley was exciting.  The next few days proved to me even more fun!


Today is Outdoor Wednesday.  I am sending this to Susan at A Southern Daydreamer!  Thank you for hosting.

16 comments:

  1. very cool. I haven't been to death valley but it is on my list. I like deserts :) i think those mountain goats are my favorites.

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  2. Ohhhhh....it has been a long time since I've been to Death Valley. Were U able to visit Scotty's Castle? Wasn't it fabulous....way out in the middle of nowhere. Hope U had a super great time.

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  3. Beautiful scenery & photos! I've never been and would love to go some day!

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  4. I've never been to Death Valley but will certainly go if I get the chance. Thanks for the shots.

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  5. Beautiful Kate. I love the last photo of the goats. Sometimes the thing we least want to see turn out the best of the trip. Thanks for taking us along.
    Sam

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  6. Enjoyed the cyber tour of the "Road Less Travelled." What an adventure to see Petroglyphs. I don't think I have ever seen them in real life only in photographs. You are a lucky dog!
    Joyce M

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  7. Fantastic shots! I think I'm going to add it to my bucket list of vacation spots..

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  8. What stunning topography. Loved your photos.

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  9. Thank you so much for this post. The closest I have been to Death Valley is the old tv show by that name. These were wonderful pictures.
    I would love to go and I think I would prefer to go with a tour, or knowledgeable so I would not miss to much.

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  10. Great photos...I never knew Death Valley could be so pretty!

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  11. Love petroglyphs. Seen some in real life.

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  12. I laughed when you learned not all rocks are created, or equally the same...I have been watching vulcano documentaries and am intrigued at how it all changes over time...

    Now going to check out your ribs!

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  13. I have never been to Death Valley but love the desert. Nice pictures. Loved the tour.

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  14. Very cool... it is amazing to see this kind of places were nature is so wonderful!

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  15. what a prfect time of the year to visit. its been ages for me too since i have been there. i love geography and geology, i remember black and white mounds like sundaes :) great pics~

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