Well, first off, I’m back at MrHalfDome World Headquarters, deep in the bunker in San Jose-by-the-Sea. Just back from a week chasing Carpe Diem down old Mexico way. We were surveying the fun stuff along the Baja Peninsula. Wow – talk about a semi-desert arid environment.
I learned that the Spanish missionaries built 28 missions down there; most of us gringos think the 21 California missions were it. Most of theirs are pretty well eroded over a couple hundred years. Not too many tall hills to hike. One of the biggest events is the Baja 1000 race. Missed it by a week.
So I get back to civilization and find that bozos were at it again. I’d love to use more virulent invectives, but this is a family show. Thoughtless morons decided to take a “saws-all” and literally cut out four petroglyphs off the cliffs deep in the Eastern Sierra near Bishop. It’s estimated that they were at least 3,500 years old. What is going on? Reminds me of the Taliban that destroyed ancient artifacts in Afghanistan.
Last spring I joined our Hamburg office for a petroglyph / pictogram photo hunt in Arizona. Most have remained vandal free. It was neat to think back to the centuries ago when they were done. Archaeologists don’t really the why’s and wherefore’s of rock art. I do know that I will not reveal where they are. Too many unbalanced people with access to rock cutting tools.
To help your Christmas list, I’d like to blog about some nice gift ideas for your Santa. It’s a good time to get the gear you need for your summer Half Dome hike. Tune in and I’ll share products by name that I like. By way of a full disclosure, some of the manufacturers give me evaluation products, but I don’t endorse things I don’t use.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “He was a Mongaloid, a Mongaloid, but no one really cared.” – DEVO
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com