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HARVEST MOON! EQUINOX! PETROGLYPHS!

  • Sep 22, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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The Harvest Moon, the Equinox, and the Aldridge Petroglyphs come very close to meeting here. Two will dance together before our eyes at high noon. Leave behind as much of the 21st century as you dare. Walk to the Aldridge Petroglyphs, a gem among the jewels of BLM’s El Malpais National Conservation Area, on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013.

Come for the poetry of light and shadow. Observe the high noon sun shadow creep over a petroglyph calendar. Deeper reflection invites reverence for the wisdom of the ancestors, understanding of the forces of nature, and pondering humanity's next step.

Full moon will be on September 19 at 7:13 AM and below the horizon during our visit. Autumnal Equinox will be after our walk on September 22 at 2:44 PM. Please get in touch if you wish to do citizen science by coming early and/or staying late to record other sun/moon/planet rise/set phenomena.

Appreciate the artistry of the ancestors. These 2 panels have many rich images.  Although precise dating of rock art is difficult, we will unfold the history during its creation and relate it to other familiar sites, like Chaco, Bandelier, Mesa Verde, Cahokia, Phoenix, & Mexico City.

Visit with respect.  We will refrain from touching, or climbing on or atop ancestral sites.  We will approach gracefully and refrain from eating or drinking around these panels.  Please enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvAuUeJoTIQ

Bask in the sun on a Cretaceous shore with little worries for the sharks whose teeth we will observe.  Ponder the periodic inundation of the continents during times of global heating.  Connect these underwater sediments on which we will tread with the CO2 we release driving to & fro.  Be a responsible CO2 emitter and carpool if you can.  

TIMING   Depart at 10:00 AM sharp from the Ranger Station and caravan in your vehicles entirely on paved road to the trail head. Arrive at the parking area at 10:30 AM. Walk 1.25 miles with a gentle 100 foot elevation change in Federal Wilderness off-trail over easy terrain. Arrive at the petroglyph panels by noonish for lunch.  Return by 2 PM to the vehicles.

This hike is entirely off trail over gentle terrain. This hike is not recommended for people under 12 years old, or for those not used to hiking at 7200 feet.  PLEASE CONTACT A BLM-ER IF YOU CHOOSE TO LEAVE THE GROUP.

LOCATION    The BLM ranger station is located 9 miles south of I-40 exit 89 near Grants, NM on State Road 117 at approximately mile 47.5. It’s gates are open daily from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Map:

http://www.nps.gov/common/commonspot/customcf/apps/maps/showmap.cfm?alphacode=elma&parkname=El%20Malpais

The drive from ABQ's Big I is a little under 1.5 hours 1-way in ideal driving conditions.  Come early and enjoy the ranger station exhibits and clean rest rooms.

GEAR   Wear sturdy footwear & long pants, or have cat balance to avoid the pokey cactus and jagged rocks.  Bring a lunch or snack and plenty of water.  Watch the forecast and be prepared for sun and rain.

FORMALITIES   BLM programs are open to all and free of pets, firearms, and intoxicants.  You should be able to sustain walking for up to three hours with frequent stops over 3  miles of gentle terrain with up to 200 feet of elevation gain in temperatures between 55F & 75F.  Each registrant will sign up individually.  

For more information please call[masked] or email [masked] 

Come. Enjoy the beauty, the mystery, and the community.

Happy Trails!


References:

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archaeoastronomy

Opinions & fotos: http://www.cpluhna.nau.edu/People/sw_archaeoastronomy.htm

http://www.scienceviews.com/indian/suncalendar.html

Musings: http://gamblershouse.wordpress.com/category/research/archaeoastronomy/

And a past college class: http://www.azarchsoc.org/Resources/Documents/CERT%20Archaeoastronomy%20of%20the%20Southwest.pdf

Other fotos: http://www.public.asu.edu/~ljhowell/Petroglyphs.htm

http://net.indra.com/~dheyser/rockart.html http://www.arara.org/Photo_Galleries.html

Links: http://www.petroglyphs.us/petroglyphs_links.htm

American Rock Art Research Asso.  http://www.arara.org/  meets in ABQ May 2013



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  • Paul Y.

    Thanks for making this a great hike! The weather held marvelously for us. Hope everyone made it home safely.
    Billy & Daniel - thanks for the wonderful fotos!

    September 23, 2013

  • Donna

    John had a great time too. He got some great pictures that he's going to investigate submitting to locate publications. The world opened up to him today! We love NM:-)

    September 22, 2013

  • Donna

    Thanks Ranger Paul for taking us on a really neat field trip. Our new friends made this trip so much more interesting. The group being full of musicians and teachers.... What are the odds?!?
    How funny :-)

    September 22, 2013

  • Tim

    It was really nice to have all the experts there!

    September 22, 2013

  • Daniel V.

    I had a good time. Everyone was friendly. And I took lots of nice pictures.

    September 22, 2013

  • Catherine

    Due to ”Mr. Carpool” deciding to abuse me, I won't be able to make it. :-(

    September 22, 2013

  • Lori

    Had to work graveyard shift on Saturday unexpectedly. So sorry to miss this

    September 22, 2013

  • Wendy B

    John, I'll give you a call tomorrow to see if I can ride with you. Otherwise, I have Kia Soul, very roomy and comfortable small suv if any one would like to ride with me.

    September 19, 2013

  • john k.

    ...... No more gold Toyota SUV....look for a brand-new bright red vastly oversize Toyota sedan of some sort ....

    bright red ... It's a long story And no fun .... I'll wear a fluorescent green T-shirt to go with it so you'll be able to spot it ....

    Can take three people now and three do Seem interested....

    Smith's on Golf Course at the top end of Paseo del Norte in Taylor Ranch

    We will leave at 8:30 sharp.

    September 19, 2013

  • Wendy B

    Are we all meeting at the Ranger station or is there a car pool?

    September 19, 2013

  • Wendy B

    hope this one still happens, thankfully I got on the list. So many roads have been washed out.

    September 19, 2013

  • Duane M.

    Hello folks! As you may have seen on the local news, there is a sink hole being worked on just west of the Tohajiilee exit. Currently it is down to one lane east and west bound. Hopefully it'll be completed by this weekend. FYI. Safe travels!

    September 18, 2013

  • Paul Y.

    We are fortunate to have 2 professionals along, one a bird expert and another a native plant expert. So if you want to develop either skill, bring camera and binocs. And RAIN GEAR, if the forecast holds at 30 percent chance of rain.

    1 · September 18, 2013

    • Dorothy

      This will be a great experience! Thanks.

      September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Woo hoo!

    September 18, 2013

  • John O.

    Ill be there hiking solo on Thursday doesn't make sense to be there again on Sunday Have a good time.Hope my leaving free's up a spot for someone else. Happy trails.

    September 17, 2013

    • Paul Y.

      Thanks John! Looks like space has opened up. Do come if you can. And feel free to stop by the ranger station on Saturday. I'll give you the scope on roads, weather, cool hikes, etc.

      September 18, 2013

  • john k.

    Some great links above... Thanks to Paul Yoder... !

    September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really really wanted to make this my first hike with the group but there is a chance of a conflict so next time! Look forward to meeting everyone :)

    September 17, 2013

  • Paul Y.

    Hi All, There are 3 folks on the waiting list. If there's uncertainty if you can come, please let one of these 3 attend. Thanks!

    September 17, 2013

  • Paul Y.

    The posted Meetup departure time is 10 AM at the ranger station. (The meetup narrative mentions 10:30)

    1 · September 13, 2013

  • Paul Y.

    Hi Friends, Just increased the event limit to 35. Typically these hikes have a 25% last minute no-show rate. All told, that should mean a group number less than 30 folks.

    MONSOON CONTINUES
    BRING RAIN GEAR UNLESS THE FORECAST SEZ OTHERWISE

    Bring binocs, if you wish to view birds. The migration is still on.

    September 13, 2013

  • Duane M.

    Hello! Just a heads up! On the 22nd there will be a 100 mile bicycle race in progress on NM 117 south of exit 89. Keep on eye out for event signage and racers. They will be racing to the Narrows south of La Ventana Arch. This is part of the Tour de Acoma bicycle race. Safe travels!

    September 5, 2013

    • Paul Y.

      THANKS DUANE! http://www.falcorweb....­ shows the bike route. If those driving from ABQ allow 90 minutes from Big I to the ranger station, that should allow for any red barrel or cyclist delays.

      September 6, 2013

  • Dave N

    Sounds like a great event!!! Any carpooling to it?

    September 2, 2013

  • Jane

    feel blessed to be on this hike!

    September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Plus one

    August 31, 2013

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