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


Engadget

SimpliSafe monitors the outdoors with its first video doorbell
Engadget
There is already no shortage of options for smart doorbells, and now you can add SimpliSafe's Video Doorbell Pro to the list. The device marks the security firm...

and more »


WAFF

Academy Sports and Outdoors partners with Huntsville Hospital Foundation to donate shopping sprees to two breast ...
WAFF
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - In preparation for Saturday's Liz Hurley Ribbon Run, Academy Sports + Outdoors is partnering with Huntsville Hospital Foundation to provide two breast cancer survivors with $200 shopping sprees. The event will take place ...



Harrison Daily

AGFC workshop opens the outdoors for women
Harrison Daily
FERNDALE — More than 130 women took up the torch of carrying on our outdoors passions to the next generation at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop, held at the C.A. Vines 4-H Center west of Little Rock ...



SoMdNews.com

Fall is such a great time to get outside
SoMdNews.com
If you want to get in on the fun, start taking your camera with you on your outdoor adventures now. Next year's contest will wrap up at the end of August 2019, so you've got four seasons of exploration and observation to snap just the right photograph ...



Modesto Bee

Wilson on outdoors: Discovery of 1927 fishing, hunting license a true treasure
Modesto Bee
Q: My grandfather was born in 1890 and was a resident of Sacramento. Recently I was going through some documents that were given to me years ago upon his passing, and I found his 1927 fishing and hunting licenses. The cost was $1 each. I thought these ...



LancasterOnline

Outdoors calendar of events in Lancaster County, week beginning Oct. 20
LancasterOnline
SATURDAY. Apples from Cider to Butter and Snitz program in Lancaster County Central Park: drop in anytime between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Mill Creek Campground Sites 2 & 3. For all ages. Assist Johnny Appleseed (aka naturalist Brandon Pentz) to make ...



KTVL

Oregon Outdoors: Catching trout during a drought
KTVL
Why would you want to go to Fish Lake when it's almost empty? The Mail Tribune's Mark Freeman shows you why low water fishing is underrated. It's like shootin' fish in a barrel! With just a basic fishing rod and the bare minimum amount of patience, you ...



Indiana Gazette

It's time to get outdoors
Indiana Gazette
Already the month of October is halfway gone, and with hunting season underway, now is the time to find the time to get outdoors. The possibilities of outdoor entertainment are nearly endless at this point in the year. With an ever-changing backdrop of ...



Human and cattle decoys trap malaria mosquitoes outdoors
Science Daily
Host decoy traps which mimic humans or cattle by combining odour, heat and a conspicuous visual stimulus could be effective at measuring and controlling outdoor-biting mosquitoes in malaria endemic regions, according to a study published in the open ...

and more »


OUTDOORS NOTES
Meridian Star
Draw for hunting opportunities. Throughout Mississippi, ideal habitats for game animals are being prepared on Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries & Parks' Wildlife Management Areas for upcoming hunting seasons. While many WMAs offer great ...


Google News

home | site map | Ocean Photography
© 2006