Next week I will announce the Mountain of Authors event planned for April 4. Today I continue my photo tour of a recent trip to Utah.
The next stop on our February weekend getaway was Mule Canyon Ruin. Unlike cliff dwellings, this Anasazi site was in the open, on a hilltop. Occupied a thousand years ago, the site includes a living area, ceremonial kiva, and a tower of unknown purpose.
As I mentioned last week, we didn't bring hiking gear because the weather was supposed to be bad. Always be prepared! Lacking proper gear, we had to pass up hiking in Natural Bridges National Monument. Instead, we walked to the viewpoints on top of the canyon. All of us, including my little long friend, agreed that the park was worth a return trip. You might have to hunt to find the bridges in these three photos. For more information, or to plan your own trip, see http://www.nps.gov/nabr/index.htm
We meandered back to Moab by way of human and bovine dwellings carved into rock. When you live in an area devoid of large trees, you make do with the locally available building materials. Some homes in the far distance appeared to be traditional house fronts in front of the rocks. The photo here is of a more humble, and presumably abandoned, rock home. The cattle shelter is in active use.
Our final stop of the day, before dinner at the Moab brew pub, was Looking Glass Rock.
I hope you enjoyed the virtual tour of Utah!
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