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Alamo MTN Mar. 1, 2015

This past Sunday, a small group of us went to Alamo MTN.

The weather was perfect for such a trip.  On the way out, we stopped to find a Geocache.  For most of our group, this was their first experience with this activity.  Lucky this cache was an easy one; we found it and logged it.

A pickup drove by and stopped to chat.  The driver was the Ranch Manager of one of the ranches. The ranch he managed consisted of 230 sections; 230 square miles.  We chatted about the wildlife and listening to this gentleman speak about living out there made me envious.

At the cattle guard, before the parking lot, we met John and Camille. They were out with their new Cricket camper.  They were gracious enough to show us the camper features and mentioned that there were more art on the back side of the mountain.  I told John about the trip we make and hopefully  they will join us on one of our trips.

No trip to the mountain is the same and this time was no different.  As we started to make out way up the hill, I had my GPS set to take me to the closest panel.  As I was picking my route through the rocks and cactus I was keeping a general bearing towards the panel but scanning the area with my binoculars. I saw a rock with art and checked my GPS and did not see any previously marked panels close by.

This was the start of finding 27 new panels.

All these panels were west and lower on the hill than all the previously discovered panels.  The first one was covered with snakes, a frog , cross, bear claws and other symbols.  Next up was another rock with several symbols most notably a man in a box.   The next rock was dominated with a large cross.

Pam’s sharp eye revealed some pottery shards on the ground.  The small pieces still had the color that was applied to the pottery.  Nicole’s Geologists eye spotted numerous pieces of chert that had been worked and chipped.

We spotted a hole in the ground and speculated what lived in there.  I took a peak into the hole, from afar and spotted a badger looking right back at me.  This was the first time I saw a badger in real life.

Once again Alamo MTN did not disappoint.

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Pottery shards

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