On Monday we hiked Pleasant Creek. I have wanted to hike the canyon for a long time and wanted to show the gang the petroglyphs at the top of the canyon. I think I’ve posted images of them on the blog before, and they’re pretty nice. Couldn’t find them this time. I didn’t spend a lot of time looking, but went to the exact place I remembered they’d be. No luck.

So today, Nick and i went back to find them. Nick has seen them, so knows I’m not making it up. We couldn’t find them, even though we searched the area where we were certain they were and quite a bit on either side of that location. I dunno, you can’t really erase pictographs without leaving a significant mess, so they’re probably still in place. It’s just a matter of looking the right way or holding my mouth right or something.

Anyway, there’s a great place called Sego Canyon that has a stunning mix of pictographs and petroglyphs on the same panels. That’s pretty unusual. Another unusual thing is the condition of all the rock art.

I’ll use a couple pictures from that panel as substitutes. I’ll let you decide what they’re really all about, but I have a few thoughts.

First is the snake guy. It seems there are a lot of scenes with someone dancing with snakes (interesting movie theme?), and, again, these are guys I would stay away from.

Snake guy

Snake guy

Then there’s this alien. Or a Harry Potter predecessor. Or something. Take a look at what seems to be a hooded figure on the right side of the big image and I see a hooded wizard. Look on the big pictograph and you’ll see some figures that could be on Harry Potter’s robe. Or he’s an alien. That’s another story I picked up in the Navajo Nation and one I’ll share over a beer.

Alien?

Alien?

More to follow,

Bob