Well, patrons, my time in the revered Fruita, Colorado is finally up. In fact, I returned home on Friday and have been too busy to compile a post. I'd just like to note, before I continue, the immense amount of generosity by my hosts and family members in Fruita. Aunt Jen and Uncle Dave are truly two amazing people, and I'm incredibly happy that they extended the opportunity for a visit yet again this summer. It's an opportunity and learning experience that I truly appreciate. You guys are awesome, and thanks again for all that you did for me.
Alright, onward with the post. More than anything, this post is just a portfolio of my favorite and most artistic pictures taken over my visit (my photos have nothing on those of Andy Gregg however). Starting with the picture above, taken on a hike over the Colorado National Monument. We actually found a "second" window rock, framed by a window of branches.
This picture and the next one are a bit grainy, as you can probably tell. You have to make some quality compromises in order to take pictures of people rocketing at such high speeds. This is the last of the spring LiveTrainRace criterium series. Dave and two other riders broke off of the bunch (approximately 4 other racers -- it was a small event) half way through the race and silhouetted themselves against the intense clouds that appear over the Fruita area.
Alright, this one is just cool because of the awesome action. "Punch it, jerky." He won, by the way.
An amazing example of natural geometry brought to my attention by the couple in the picture. The river that used to flow so rapidly here (a branch of the Colorado) shaped the rocks, and even the growth of the trees. This picture, and the next few, were all taken on our camping trip in Rabbit Valley.
On the same hike as above, which we embarked upon to view the petroglyphs below, we walked through a variety of terrains -- sand (duh), rocky river bottom, slickrock, more sand, and most notably, seas of ancient bentonite soil. The dirt itself is somewhat alive, and grows into these mounds of the period of hundreds and possibly thousands of years.
This is the first set of petroglyphs that we set out to see on our hike. Although we personally don't know, I assume that the art was made by an Apache, Bannock, or a small tribe of Cheyenne natives, as these are all tribes that lived in the area.
Let us know your interpretation of the art. We had many hypothesis and few conclusions on the meaning of the painting.
Stay tuned for updates about my antics here in California, as well as those coming soon from the Colorado front in the form of the Steamboat Springs Stage Race. Until next time, keep the rubber side down.
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