Legendary? The ill- fated Confederate band that invaded New Mexico during the Civil War lost a CANNON there when climbing out! As there is no pavement for twelve miles even today and there were probably dirt roads no closer than 40 miles then, and the box is 300 feet deep in its deepest part, that took some doing! (It was found by a ranch hand in the fifties.)
We saw redtails, Cooper's hawks, a roughleg doubtless on its way north, and a harrier. We also saw a desert bighorn on the rim, which had the bad manners to vanish before Libby could take its photo. I have known there is a little band in the badlands to the north, around Ladron peak, but this is the first time I have ever seen one. Some country around here, between permission and geology, is just damned hard to get into. But we'll be back!
Entering from upstream.
The sheep was on the highest point here for what seemed like a long time. Libby: "I wanted to look at it more than take its picture!"
Slanting beds of rock on the floor.
The Almaty Kids and me in the deepest part. There is a whole other vertical wall above this"top".
Coming to the bottom.
Expect more posts from this area!