There were plants and birds and rocks and things

We saw a fox and a couple of butterflies along with a lot of javelina foot prints.  Javalinas are really ugly big wild animals that look like boars but are not boars.  I do hope that we do not run into one.

Below are pictures of the Palatki and Honanki ruins built by the Sinagua indians.  These cliff dwellings were last lived in about 800 years ago.  These dwellings are all built under an overhang to protect from moisture.  Also built on the north side so in the winter the sun shines almost all day on the rock walls to keep warm durring the night and in the summer the sun hits the dwellings for just a short time leaving the rocks cool.

I also learned petroglyphs are ancient scratching or pecked images and pictographs are painted or drawn.  Below are some of each.  The reason the pictograph stays on so well is because minerals do not fade.  They used ground up minerals with animal fat and water.

One picture shows where the beams went two support the next floor.  They were 3 floors tall with a rooftop cooking area.

After hiking around the ruins we took shibo to the dog park and then we all went and played disk golf.  I love it here.

The next couple of days will be 80 degrees.

 

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