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Arrowhead hunting and rock collecting - out-of-doors

 

We weren't preparation to go rock and arrowhead hunting in Arizona. My wife and I just liked that hotspring in the desert. It was agood place to avoid the Michigan coldness for a while.

Then we met Felix, an old Mayan Indian existing in an old RV. After allocation meals and campfires for a week, he took us into the desert to show us antediluvian metates (grain-grinding stones) and arrowheads. We also found hundreds of attractive rocks of every type, counting Apache Tears, Fire Agate, and a mixture of quartzes.

Irina, a nineteen-year-old "rainbow kid," who had been existing in her van for months, rode with Felix in his old pickup. We took our van. We spent two hours at the first stop. The hot rain had made the rocks and artifacts stand out, washing them clean. We were customarily just rock collecting.

Irina and my wife Ana found odd pieces that may have been arrowheads. We found old ceramic pieces too, and Felix came back with half of a pot painted with an difficult design. It was in all probability hundreds of years old. Felix had been in the desert for years, and kept considering equipment we missed.

Pony Communicate Ruins

At our back up stop, Felix showed us ruins of an old Pony Communicate station. Unharmed and forgotten, the grass-and-mud-block walls were still in some measure standing. I realized we still hadn't seen a lone other car. There are some exceptional areas in Arizona, and this is one of them. We happening arrowhead hunting about the ruins, as Felix insisted the construction would have been fired upon by arrows.

Up the hill at the back the ruins, Felix showed us rocks with six-inch wide holes a foot deep or more, and effortlessly round. They were packed with water - their purpose, according to Felix. We like water with fewer bugs, but he and Irina drank the water cool in them. It was a peaceful spot, overlooking the valley below.

Arrowhead Hunting Success

Over the hill, we had some luck pointed for rocks and arrowheads, but not like Felix. We saw hundreds of pieces of pottery, but all very plain looking. He found ceramics that had attractive designs on it, and metates. He found a tiny clear quartz arrowhead, entirely made, that had in all probability been used to hunt small birds two hundred years earlier.

Each of us wandered a bit. Ana and I made it back to the van first, and when Irina and Felix returned, we cooked beans with minute rice on our camp stove. After the meal, we said goodbyes, and traded addresses. They went back to the hotsprings, while we headed the other way with bags of rocks, an antelope antler, and two conked out arrowheads.

Notes:

For appealing rocks, go out after a rain and you can see Fire-agate and Apache Teardrops laying on the sand. For the best rock collecting, visit the designated rockhound areas in southeastern Arizona. As for arrowhead hunting, and antediluvian pottery, enjoy yourself, but it may be against the law to keep any artifacts now. The BLM administrative center in Safford can give you guidelines and more information.

Steve Gillman hit the road at sixteen, and traveled the United States and Mexico alone at 17. Now 40, he travels with his wife Ana, whom he met in Ecuador. Read more stories, tips and journey in rank at: http://www. EverythingAboutTravel. com


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