This may be obvious but during each moment of our lives history is being written. Some moments will live in our memories forever such as Armstrong walking on the moon or that time you tripped walking up the stairs when that cute guy or gal was next to you. Okay some things we are better off forgetting but what I'm trying to get at is if you can look past all the "noise" that surrounds us on a daily bases you can actually find something special.
In a remote canyon in central Utah lies what is Nine Mile Canyon. Don't let the name fool you especially since I kind of just mentioned that it is forty miles long so don't forget to bring a lunch and leave early because this trip will take you all day. In this canyon you will be able to get up close and personal with thousands of petroglyphs (nearly 10,000 individual petroglyphs from what my research has turned up.) In case you don't know what petroglyphs are, here is a photograph. Okay, basically
they are ancient carvings in rock but
If you have a pair of binoculars or a spotting scope you will have an opportunity to see some old ruins built during the same time period. We found one of these to be a little difficult to find but once you see them you'll be glad you did. They look like a stack of rocks but it's still neat to think of how long they have stood. I doubt any of the homes we live in today will stand for 800 years. Along with the ruins and the petroglyphs you will also find some pictographs. Pictographs? What are those? Oh, they are painted version of petroglyphs but even more fragile due to the fact that they were created by using dye made from plants.
The road had been unpaved until a few years ago when a deal was reached with the Bill Barrett Corporation that primarily uses the road to access their natural gas mine deep in the canyon. The company actually had the road paved to keep down the dust that large trucks kicked up as they came and went that was found to be damaging the rock art. So you can thank them for the easy drive you will experience especially if it's raining as it did on the day that we visited.
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