August, 30, 2015
At the last Moab Friends For Wheelin club meeting, Melissa volunteered to lead Cliffhanger with side hikes to some very impressive petroglyphs. This past Sunday we were up early as the group was meeting at 9:00 am. Last fall we were passengers with Dee when she did Cliffhanger and I remember every minute of it!
We were assured by Dee, Melissa and Glen that Pearl and Joe would be just fine!
Our first stop was a half mile rock scramble up the side of a cliff. Melissa, in the orange T-shirt, leads the way.
It is thought that this panel dates back to the Fremont Indians somewhere between 800 and 1100 years ago. It consists of three sections. The first section is a single bighorn sheep on a narrow wall offset on the left.
Then around the corner, these two pictures make up some of the center panel which include a very large human figure, the owl, vultures and a line of sheep.
The third panel is to the right around a sharp corner. It's a single figure holding a drawn bow and arrow. It looks just like he is waiting for the first sheep to come around the corner.
|The "Owl Panel" depicts the best-made owl (of the ones found thus far) in the area and the little vulture glyphs are said to be regionally unique.|
|Rosie takes a photo.|
|Going down the narrow ledge...|
|Dee disappears down the boulders.|
Lunch at the overlook.
|L to R: Shirley, Jeff and Melissa|
Well, what goes out to the overlook has to return to the trailhead...
We did take one other short walk to view a huge bighorn sheep. The lighting was terrible. This one measures about 4 feet long.
Well until next time, let the good times roll...