Sunday, September 5, 2010

Petroglyphs and one real tough cookie!

Carved by the Fremont Indians, a Native American population that lived in the park (and other areas) about 800 to 1200 years ago, these petroglyphs decorate various areas of the monument. They're pretty cool, though unlike the dinosaur fossils, you can't touch these.  Kids were excited about them nontheless and it was interesting to learn the difference between a petroglyph and a pictograph.  The former is a carving the latter a drawing or painting, BTW.



Josie Bassett Morris was quite a character!  As I mentioned in an earlier post, she was a single woman homesteader who was married and divorced and/or widowed FIVE times by the age of 35 I believe.  She knew how to do anything and everything on her own (both 'male' jobs and 'female' jobs) thanks to the role reversal her own parents practiced.  Her house is small but quite impressive, especially considering she built it alone, and the land she farmed and raised livestock on was quite impressive as well.  We learned quite a few lessons about courage, strength, resilience, and even trickery from her :-). She had quite the sense of humor!



And just in case anybody's wondering, it's not all smiles and sunshine.  We do have our sulking moments as well....

On our way back to the campsite we stopped at these interpretive signs and had a nice overview of the valley and the Green River.
Also here you can get a good view of Whirlwind's tush scratching....your welcome!


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