Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Petroglyph Hike at Grimes Point

We went hiking on the Petroglyph Hike at Grimes Point.  The hike is located at what was once ancient Lake Lahontan.  Over 12,000 years ago this entire area was under about 700 feet of water.  However, when the early Americans lived here much of the area was above water.  

 One of the oldest petroglyph styles is the wavy or circular lines dating back to around 3,000 years old. 

 Ancient Lake Lahontan

 The straighter or angular lines are newer from 500-2,000 years old.  Some of the petroglyphs we could make out shapes.  We thought this one maybe resembled a rainbow. 
 This style of petroglyph dates back 7,000 years.  The Pit and Groove are thought to be the oldest at Grimes Point.  They were made by striking the boulder surface with a rock. 
While we were hiking we didn't even realize the storm that was sneaking up on us. It started downpouring rain and the temperature dropped about 25 degrees. 
My chilly kiddos!

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