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Grand Gulch 2018 day 3
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Grand Gulch 2018
Day 3 - May 23

Rest Day in Camp
Woven Chess Board
Green Mask Panel
Gumbo Time

Breakfast at Sheiks Canyon Camp

Our decision to spend a rest day was a good one, as the afternoon temperature soared above 90 degrees. I spent a lot of time in the shade reading a book. Mike organized a project of creating a chess board from reeds and sticks and ending up playing a game using Necco wafers, hard candies, pepperoni, and rocks as game pieces!

The Green Mask Panel, as always, was spectacular with many different styles of pictographs to see. Getting water was more difficult than our last time as the downstream pools from the Green Mask spring had dried up. This required about a 500' hike to the spring to fill our jugs. With each jug weing about 40 pounds, a water run was a real chore.

Note photo takers are given in the titles under the thumbnails:

Kickass Trekkers on this trip were: Bill Mooseker, Shelby Stong, Fred Stong, Will Stong, Mike Stong, and Allan Hoseth

The descriptions under the photo thumbnails in the album sometimes contain links to maps or additional information. These are identified by "Blue” text for links. I've also inserted links to Google Maps to show where certain photos in the album were taken or to locate features shown in the photos. Click on the link, close the sidebar, and choose satellite view. Basically, you can then zoom in and out using the mouse wheel or drag the map by clicking and holding.

For panoramic photos, I would recommend clicking on the thumbnail photo to enlarge. View at original size for most detail. The thumbnails do not do justice to petroglyphs and pictographs, so I would recommend enlarging them as well. Please take the time to view the many videos to better experience what it was like to be there.

Troop 24 Kickass Trekkers Backpacking Trip
-Cascade Bill Mooseker


Date(s): May 23, 2018. Album by Cascade Bill. 1 - 57 of 57 Total. 144 Visits.
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Allan was up early and found this cactus field near our camp

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Looking south from our campsite as the shadows retreat from the rising sun

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Early morning scene looking down canyon towards Grand Gulch

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Some cryptobiotic soil near our camp

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The headwall separating Sheiks from this wide but short side canyon looks like the conning tower of a submarine

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Our campsite was fully in sun as we ate breakfast.  You can see the "Breeched Birth" section of the Green Mask Panel at top right (Enlarge photo).

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Because of the heat, we were doing a rest day in camp.  Mike, Will, and Allan embarked on a project of building a chess "board" from natural materials - branches, reeds, etc.  Mike is assembling the skeleton here, which is supported on four tent pegs (Enlarge photo)

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Weaving the "dark" squares with green reeds

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Weaving the "white" squares

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The white squares take more reeds than the dark (green) squares

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Mike and Will working on the white reeds - notice the soaking pail to make them more pliable.

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The board is taking shape

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Almost done - note the braiding and tying off of the green reeds to tension the weave.

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Meanwhile, Bill, Fred, and and Will shoot the breeze in our makeshift shade shelter

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Not much shade in the shade shelter!

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Will setting up the chess board using necco wafers as pawns. Discussion morphs into meteorically correct method of measuring the temperature!

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Man it's hot - measuring the temps at our camp.  Glad we're not hiking today!


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Chess "board" set up for a game - creative use of items at hand for game pieces: Necco wafers, hard candy, pepperoni bits, and rocks. Note that the Necco wafer factory shut down in July - bad news for Fred and Will Stong!

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Allan and Will playing a "practice" chess game on the improvised chess "board"

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Sittin' in the Shade


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Camp Life on a Hot Day!


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Looking across the way to the Green Mask Ruins

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Telephoto of Green Mask Ruins

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In the alcove behind the ruins are these large pictographs - although we've visited the site several times, this is the first time that these were visible due to lighting, etc.

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Mike, Shelby, & Fred at the Green Mask Panel atop the rubble of rock that has fallen from the wall above.  You can see the very ancient pictographs high above their heads above the break in the rock.  How the ancients were able to paint so high up is a mystery. Mike is videoing the more modern Anasazi pictographs on the wall formed after the rock fall.

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Will's video of Sheiks Canyon as seen from the Green Mask Panel

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Ancient pictographs high up on the ledge

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Moving to the right are more Ancient Pictographs above fainter more modern Anasazi pictographs below

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Continuing to the right - Ancient Pictographs

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Close up of ancient pictographs

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Close up of ancient pictographs

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View from alcove - nice in the shade

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Mike's video of the modern (as compared to the ones above) pictographs along the alcove wall - Part 1

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Mike's video of the pictographs along the alcove - Part 2


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Telephoto view of the "Green Mask" from across the canyon. It is located to the far right of the alcove and is relatively hard to find.

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Closer view of the Green Mask from below.

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Another view - At first I thought that the splotches of mud around the mask were thrown by people, but after some thought I felt that they were probably remains of Mud Dauber Wasp nests.

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Pictograph reminiscent of a similar one at the Long House Ruin further down Grand Gulch Click Here.

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Dilapidated ruin in the alcove

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Ancient corn cobs (very small) and pottery shards in the ruin

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Very different style of pictographs make up the "Breach Birth" panel - figures are very large.

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Several headless figures of women done in a "pointillist" style.  Many hand prints and indistinct red splotches.

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The Breach Birth pictograph

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Another cactus bloom caught by Allan in his wanders around camp

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Multiple cactus blooms

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Multi-colored orange and yellow bloom

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More multi-colored blooms

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Can you see me now! - one of the ubiquitous lizards around our camp

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A view of our camp from the rocks above - Enlarge photo and you can see Mike in the shade

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Camp is in the shade - time to fix supper.

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Gumbo Night

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