The Real McLean

We’ve now progressed in my trip Out West to the second hike on my last day, August 31, 2016. I’d camped at Hovenweep and planned on trying to visit a site at the Canyons of the Ancients.

It’s nice to leave the best for last.

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To the Back Cave!

August 30, 2016 was a rest day, a hang-out day, for me. I deliberately inserted a number of these into my schedule. What I ended up doing that day was heading to the Anasazi Heritage Center about 30 miles east (as the raven flies) of Hovenweep just outside the town of Dolores.

There is a nice museum there and I arrived just as one of the local experts was starting a tour.

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Making the Cut

The day after visiting Painted Hand Pueblo I decided to visit Cutthroat Castle. You may recall that from the parking lot I headed east (and north) while Cutthroat Castle was in the other direction, north. However, I wanted to do something a bit more challenging and I didn’t want to repeat myself driving to that parking lot.

So I did something else.

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Saturday Comic

This comic appeared last January 11. It’s from Free Range by Bill Whitehead.

Free Range, January 11, 2017

Free Range, January 11, 2017

I thought it was a funny new take on the old NSNSNS issue.


Painted Back

On my trip Out West, August 28, 2016 was the day I started exploring the Canyons of the Ancients. As a reminder, this is a very large, fairly new, National Monument managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

This was the day I was going to learn if my bushwhacking skills from Ohio transferred to the desert Southwest.

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Petroglyph Program

One of the really nice things about going to National Parks as opposed to other federal locations like National Forests is that the National Parks have educational programs that they put on pretty regularly. These are almost always worth going to (and well-worth the price of admission).

On the late afternoon of my last post I made sure to attend the “Petroglyph Walk” at Hovenweep.

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Continuing with my trip Out West, on August 27, 2016 I was starting my first full day at the Square Tower Campground at Hovenweep National Monument.

It was time to head out exploring.

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