Outdoors Information

Arrowhead Hunting and Rock Collecting


We weren't planning to go rock and arrowhead hunting in Arizona. My wife and I just liked that hotspring in the desert. It was agood place to escape the Michigan winter for a while.

Then we met Felix, an old Mayan Indian living in an old RV. After sharing meals and campfires for a week, he took us into the desert to show us ancient metates (grain-grinding stones) and arrowheads. We also found hundreds of beautiful rocks of every type, including Apache Tears, Fire Agate, and various quartzes.

Irina, a nineteen-year-old "rainbow kid," who had been living in her van for months, rode with Felix in his old pickup. We took our van. We spent two hours at the first stop. The recent rain had made the rocks and artifacts stand out, washing them clean. We were mostly just rock collecting.

Irina and my wife Ana found odd pieces that may have been arrowheads. We found old pottery pieces too, and Felix came back with half of a pot painted with an intricate design. It was probably hundreds of years old. Felix had been in the desert for years, and kept seeing things we missed.

Pony Express Ruins

At our second stop, Felix showed us ruins of an old Pony Express station. Unmarked and forgotten, the grass-and-mud-block walls were still partially standing. I realized we still hadn't seen a single other car. There are some isolated areas in Arizona, and this is one of them. We started arrowhead hunting around the ruins, because Felix insisted the building would have been fired upon by arrows.

Up the hill behind the ruins, Felix showed us rocks with six-inch wide holes a foot deep or more, and perfectly round. They were filled with water - their purpose, according to Felix. We like water with fewer bugs, but he and Irina drank the water collected in them. It was a peaceful spot, overlooking the valley below.

Arrowhead Hunting Success

Over the hill, we had some luck searching for rocks and arrowheads, but not like Felix. We saw hundreds of pieces of pottery, but all very plain looking. He found pottery that had beautiful designs on it, and metates. He found a tiny clear quartz arrowhead, perfectly made, that had probably been used to hunt small birds two hundred years earlier.

Each of us wandered a bit. Ana and I made it back to the van first, and when Irina and Felix returned, we cooked beans with instant rice on our camp stove. After the meal, we said goodbyes, and traded addresses. They went back to the hotsprings, while we headed the other way with bags of rocks, an antelope antler, and two broken arrowheads.

Notes:

For interesting rocks, go out after a rain and you can see Fire-agate and Apache Teardrops laying on the sand. For the best rock collecting, visit the designated rockhound areas in southeastern Arizona. As for arrowhead hunting, and ancient pottery, enjoy yourself, but it may be illegal to keep any artifacts now. The BLM office in Safford can give you directions and more information.

Steve Gillman hit the road at sixteen, and traveled the United States and Mexico alone at 17. Now 40, he travels with his wife Ana, whom he met in Ecuador. Read more stories, tips and travel information at: http://www.EverythingAboutTravel.com


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


Tallahassee.com

Outdoors: Beware of Mr. Gray
Tallahassee.com
It's Shark Week! It's Shark Week! For some folks it's the most wonderful time of the year. Sharks are a symbol of dread. An apex predator. Something to be feared. A target for teenagers and adults to prove their worth and dominion over the worst nature ...
Shark Week | Watch Full Episodes & More! - DiscoveryDiscovery
Whale Sharks | Conserve | Georgia AquariumGeorgia Aquarium
The Bahamas Shark Sanctuary | Bahamas Reef Environment Educational FoundationBahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation
Georgia Aquarium -Scuba Diver Life
all 29 news articles »


Outdoors almanac
Akron Beacon Journal
Seeking events — If you have an outdoors event planned, please submit the information to the Beacon Journal for inclusion in the Outdoors Almanac. Minimum information needed is: type of event, date, time, place (please include an address), cost and a ...



Centre Daily Times

Hikers will climb 600 feet to summit Mount Nittany for week 7 of Centred Outdoors
Centre Daily Times
On Sunday and Wednesday, members of the Mount Nittany Conservancy will guide hikers up the mountain to one of Centre County's most famous landmarks, the Mike Lynch Overlook. The climb is a healthy challenge, starting at 1,350 feet at the base of the ...



KSTP

2018 X Games at US Bank Stadium Celebrate Minnesota's Outdoors
KSTP
Thursday night, the Vert competition is slated to happen outdoors. X Games officials say they are holding regular weather meetings throughout the day and monitoring it closely. The safety of the athletes and spectators are the number one priority. If ...



Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Aim small for better outdoors photos
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
Outdoor photos generally follow a few themes: Someone posing with a nice fish or a deer, a wide shot of a sunset, a group of people, posed or not, having a good time. These are important images for sure, but by extending the way our memories work into ...



Reuters

Let's go to the movies! Outdoors
Reuters
Going to the movies is usually an indoor activity. But London is seeing an increasing number of people watching movies outdoors. Shaun Hassett reports. △ Hide Transcript. ▷ View Transcript. Going to the movies is usually an indoor activity. But ...



New York Times

Writing Prescriptions to Play Outdoors
New York Times
In his 2005 book, “Last Child in the Woods,” Richard Louv wrote about what he called nature-deficit disorder, and cited about 60 scientific studies looking at the benefits of nature and the problems that can come from being too isolated from the ...



The Western News

Two Rivers Rendezvous brings history, outdoors and fun
The Western News
Douglas also started taking an interest in the outdoors when he was a young boy, and it just grew from there, he said. He compared some of the camping trips the Mountain Men take — such as a seven day hunting trip in an authentically constructed hide ...



Stowe Today

4393 Awards: Arts, Recreation + Outdoors
Stowe Today
1. Pinnacle Ski & Sports/Skiessentials.com. 2. AJ's Ski & Sports. advertisement. 3. Darkside. Nominees: MountainOps, Power Play Sports, Stowe Mountain Resort/Front Four, Today's Edge, Triple Diamond Ski & Sport/No School Snowboard Shop, Waterbury ...



Chron.com

Tips for safely exercising outdoors in extreme heat - Houston ...
Chron.com
As high school football season gets closer to the first days of practice and recreation sports leagues continue to compete outdoors this summer, it is important to ...

and more »

Google News

home | site map | Ocean Photography
© 2006