This was our route on Dailymile. Our house is on the right end, the object of our interest to the left, which looks like a light square on Google Earth. The route was 14 miles total to and from.
Altitude profile of the rike...started at our house at near 8200' and went up to near 8600', dropping back down to the object at around 8200'.
Here it is from a satellite view....looks interesting, right? Certainly man made...
Some photos I took along the way...Los Griegos (10,050') and Cerro Pelado (10,100') is in our back yard.
Typical dirt road up on Cat Mesa...
Deb and I are putting on a 50K on Nov 5th that runs along these roads.
Typical terrain on either side of the roads in the middle of this mesa. It drops off sharply into canyons on either side of the road.
Marley and Gibbs enjoying the day and hoping Deb is getting a treat out of her pack for them.
Having fun on the washed out roads of Cat Mesa
We've arrived at our destination and this gate valve is the first thing we see....now I know it isn't an ancient artifact.
Marley is afraid of it ;-) Gibbs could care less...
Here is the pit you can see from space...it's just a dug out area of earth that held water once.
Better shot showing the walls
And another...notice the gate valve to the far right.
Dogs have had enough, lets go home and nap!
...but let's check this out first!
I went down in the pit to check out an elk skeleton and Gibbs had to check it out, too.
One of the ruins we came upon not far from the dug out, just up the road. This is either Indian or homesteader.
Other side showing a wall
This is another one we came upon...
Notice the three white stripes on the tree to the right, this, we figure, designates a historical site. They are all over the mesas around here.
Marley liked it a lot!
Another shot from the other side
I just liked these trees, a gnarlier than usual Ponderosa Pine on the left (they usually stand straight and tall) with a Juniper right beside it. The forest was healthy up here, regardless of the drought we're experiencing this year.
Yet another ruin we came upon...this seemed to be some sort of village on this small road that ended with the dugout area.
Shot from the opposite side
That's it, heading back home now so the dogs (and humans) can take a nap ;-)