NEXT MEETING: 6:00 PM, Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at the Roundup Lodge in San Lorenzo (Mimbres Valley). Potluck followed by general meeting, then our Featured Speaker: Gila National Forest archaeologist Bella Mollard explains "Ritual Landscapes of the Jornada Mogollon."

NEXT FIELD TRIP: TBA - watch this space.

Following Dr. Fumiyasu Arakawa
Turkey Tales

Field Trip to Frying Pan Canyon and Pony Hills

Frying Pan Canyon panel and vista Meem and Kyle at Frying Pan Meem shows Frying Pan chimeraA total of 15 GCAS members, a few of the membership-curious, and three canine companions gathered for the GCAS’s November 4, 2018, field trip to examine the petroglyphs in Frying Pan Canyon and Pony Hills near Deming. We enjoyed stellar weather: sunny to partly-cloudy, a high temp of about 75F, with just enough of a breeze to keep the dust down.

Pony Hills panel 1 Pony Hills macawWe noticed small groups of hunters and recent evidence of trap shooters in the area, but all petroglyphs at both sites appeared intact with no signs of recent graffiti or other vandalism. We marveled at the numerous large and deep grinding holes throughout the Frying Pan Canyon site.  The petroglyph of a macaw at Pony Hills reminded us once again that Mesoamerican macaws were imported to our neck of the woods - and apparently bred locally - many centuries ago.

The steep and rocky terrain gave us good exercise and the broad valley views were spectacular in the autumn sunlight. Critter count: one nine-inch long centipede and one rattlesnake were spotted but the critters and we gave one another wide berth and all was well.

The first three photos in this post were taken in Frying Pan Canyon by Joseph Gendron and the final two photos were taken at Pony Hills by Eduardo Arguello. Thanks to both these GCAS members for sharing their pix!

/s/ webmaster


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)