Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Treasures of the Eastern Sierras...

"A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare as to be always
Thomas Jefferson

Outside of Bishop is a petroglyph loop...
(Trav4 got it right in yesterday's comments!)
It is not advertised and you must basically ask those in the know
about how to find them...
After some dirt road driving and 
really bad hand drawn maps...
Kelly and I found these...

Petroglyphs are rock art dating back 6 to 8 thousand years ago...
yep...pretty darned old!!!

The reason the California glyphs are not well advertised
is because of vandalism...
some lunatic actually took a saw to one to cut it off the rock.

It didn't bother me at all to have to go on a scavenger hunt to find them...
it actually added some excitement to the adventure!!!
(And for some reason, the powers that be didn't seem to 
question my motivation to find them!!!)

TheChief joined Kelly and me for some glyphs that Kelly and I missed...
We found some, but not the ones we were looking for...

We'll find them yet!!!

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  1. thanx for your great sky! in 9 hours starts the new round of *ein stück himmel*. if you link up there you will get more feedback :)

  2. Very cool! I'm glad you found those!

  3. Terrific find. Looking nice and warm for you all :).

  4. I was so saddened to hear that they were vandalized. We found them a couple of years ago and took a lot of photos of them. Saw a couple of snakes along the road and a pair of eagles at one location.
    ~Cheryl Ann~

  5. How very cool! Amazing that wind/rain haven't eroded them. Good find. Keep looking!

  6. shhhhh - I've been. Might even be part of the route that I participated on by riding the back end of a cattle drive. I will never volunteer for such a position again.

  7. I saw some of these years ago in Arizona. Always a thrill to see something so ancient.

  8. this is interesting. Thanks for sharing this piece of history. :)

  9. Thanks Tina! I'll check it out!!!

    Thanks Brian! Still searching for more!!!

    Thanks LOL!!! It's nice and warm in Bishop...and warming up again up here in Mammoth after our snow on Sunday and Monday!!!

    Kelly and I were warned by a rattler on our last search Trav4!!! Fortunately, he wasn't much interested in either Kelly or me, and Kelly wasn't interested in pursuing the matter!!! I was astounded when I was told that someone took a saw and cut some off the rock...amazing!

    Thanks Virginia!!! I know what you's very rugged land here with lot's of rugged weather so for these to last sooo many years is quite amazing to me!!!

    Ohhh...that sounds like fun PA!!! You didn't like it, eh?

    I agree Bibi!!!

    Thanks NatureFootstep!!!

  10. neither pessimist nor optimist would find eating the dust a heard of cattle for 12 hours straight - fun

  11. Really...people are so selfish..I love history and would love to visit this place...Michelle