Thursday, October 20, 2016

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

23390 Road K
Cortez, Colorado, 81321

Phone: (970)565.8975 or (800)422.8975
Fax: (970)565.4859


One Hour Free Tour (Wednesdays Only)

End of May thru end of September, Crow Canyon conducts a one hour free tour, on Wednesday mornings, of the Research Institute, and pithouse, to give you the ins and outs of what it is to be an archaeologist of the Southwest.  There are all sorts of other educational, and hands on, programs offered, so go to the website listed above to get more information.

We went on the last Wednesday of September 2016, got the bonus of a one and a half hour tour, and were exhilarated the entire day on what we had experienced.  This was extremely meaningful to me as I had studied many courses in archaeology and anthropology in college, before being discouraged from continuing in these fields.  The staff, archaeologists and volunteers are awesome people; friendly, helpful, and passionate about Crow Canyon. 

First off, how to find Crow Canyon; the road begins north of Cortez, Highway 491 (west side);  Road L for 2.2 miles, make a left onto Road K and the parking area is 4/10ths of a mile.  From the parking area, walk down to the trail and there will be an information board with map to help get you to the Research Institute.

Along the way you'll pass by Indian Camp Ranch which is a development for those with loads of money to spend.  Interesting to look at, but it's not the end of your destination.

Follow the pathway to the Research Institute.
Crow Canyon Info Board and Map

Something to see along the pathway.

Slender Blanketflower (Aster family)

The first building you'll pass by is The Lodge; day programs include lunch at this location; it's a peaceful place and you're encouraged to sit on the porch to enjoy the serenity. 

Lamb's Ears

Holly Bush

Yucca and Rabbit Brush

Scenic Pond Across the Way

The next building is the Research Institute where you can check in; it also houses the library, archives, labs, offices for staff and archaeologists.  There is a very comfy sitting area to relax in; or check out all the wall displays throughout, including publications produced by Crow Canyon.

The one hour tour begins outside at the Pithouse; this is from the Anasazi culture whose descendants of this area are Hopi, Zuni, Ute and Navajo.  Tribal members have been very helpful with giving information towards Crow Canyon's discoveries.  This Pithouse is about a foot below ground level with the entrance/exit through the roof.  The front entrance on this recreation is to allow easier access for visitors; inside are typical findings: fire pit, cradle board, pottery, grinding stones, animal skins, even a fan made of bird feathers for the fire pit.

Let me introduce you to our tour guide, Carol Taylor; she is a volunteer at Crow Canyon, extremely knowledgeable, will gladly answer questions. and does an amazing job.

There is much more to Crow Canyon, and all will be experienced with one of the all day programs.  By the way, remember to watch your step, you never know who you may step the home of diligent ants, or a collared lizard.

Active Ant Hill

Collared Lizard

On the way back to the Research Institute, we passed Hogan-like buildings where folks stay when doing an extended stay at Crow Canyon. We passed a couple of Adobe ovens, and I forgot to ask if they do any cooking classes with these.

Back inside, Carol took us on a tour of the various labs in the lower level.  There is a wonderful display on the wall, as you go downstairs, for the "Atlatl"; and Carol gave us a demonstration inside Lab #1.

Pottery Shards

Pursiane Seed Project
Walking back to our vehicle, we passed The Lodge once again; I mentioned to my husband that the stained glass window design was of Zuni origin, and I quickly took two shots of the front of the building.  Now I am one who believes in ghosts, spirits, whatever else they're called; in the first shot, there is a most interesting white "apparition" while the immediate second shot does not have it.  As far as I'm concerned "whomever" this was made it known he/she was pleased that I knew about the Zuni origin.  It was a pleasant farewell after a pleasant adventure at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

White Apparition Ascends Stairs.

A Second Later, It is Gone.

If you are truly interested in Southwestern Archaeology, seriously consider taking any of the wonderful programs Crow Canyon offers.  If you're not certain, take the free tour; and who knows, perhaps a spirit will give its blessing.

Mary Cokenour

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Appeal to All Readers.

 On the side bar of this blog page are two GoFundMe advertisements; one for me, and one for my husband.

Due to living in an area where employment is slim to none; we are having great difficulties. 

I'm asking you to please click on those accounts and give.  Figure it this way, you enjoy reading my posts, my restaurant reviews, our travels throughout the Southwest.  We can't do this unless we receive monetary help.

Simple request...please help us.

Thank you so much.

The Cokenours

Monday, September 19, 2016

Moab Giants Celebrates One Year.

Moab Giants Dinosaur Park

112 West, UT-313
Moab, Utah,  84532

Phone: (435) 355-0288

Hours: Mon thru Sun, 10AM–6PM


On September 1, 2016, from 10am to 1pm, Moab Giants Dinosaur Park celebrated their one year anniversary by giving free access to the public.  Tourists and locals alike were allowed to roam the park, visit the Museum, Theatre, and the much awaited for Paleo Aquarium.  Lunch was provided by the park's Café with delicious sandwiches (pork bbq, apple/turkey, vegetarian), freshly made potato chips, a variety of salads, bottled water and sodas.  Park employees and guides happily gave tours, and answered any and all questions.

Inside the Museum, there are displays of dinosaur skeletons, tracks, and many interactive touch screens featuring information, recreations and games.  There is a short stairway up to the outdoor patio within the museum's tower.  Panoramic views of the area and park are striking!

Panoramic Photo on Tower Wall
 My own view shots from the Tower.

The attraction that will quickly become number one is the Paleo Aquarium; a 3D experience with a dramatic 5D experience at the end, the Megalodon Shark Attack!  Every 15 to20 minutes, a group of 15 are taken into the aquarium by a tour guide.  As you enter the "underground caverns of the laboratories", the 3D glasses go on.  Without the glasses, all you would see are images on screens, but with them on the images are now transformed into the most spectacular water shots.  Denizens of the prehistoric deep swim past the portals, snapping jaws encasing razor sharp teeth.  Seriously, you will swear that this is an actual aquarium full of watery displays featuring live creatures; most awesome sights ever!  Carefully you will enter a chamber and the terrifying fun begins; the 5D experience of sight, sound, touch, smell and movement.  WATCH OUT!!!  It's coming through the glass!!!

Here is a short video of what you will experience; while my camera could only record a slight version of the 3D, my husband was able to transform it into a higher definition of 3D.

Moab Giants Dinosaur Park is great fun for children of all ages, especially the ones still in the hearts of adults; take the family today!

Mary Cokenour