"We had to destroy the village in order to save it."
Legendary Vietnam War statement attributed to an unidentified U.S. Military official
|This freeway roadcut was once the largest Fremont village ever discovered|
We had left Arches National Park on the day after a spectacular exploration of the Canyonlands region and had pretty much a boring day. Really? A boring day on the Colorado Plateau? Well, sure they happen sometimes. We looked for fossils in some Paleozoic limestone exposures, and that was okay. But then it was five hours of showers, laundry, and grocery shopping in Moab. Then a failed attempt in the blazing hot sun of Green River trying to find some other fossils. Then a flat tire in the blazing sun. And then a long drive with no cool stops because we had fallen way behind schedule. And darn it if there weren't some great things hidden in those distant canyons.
I've returned to a blog series that I really need to finish! There are just a few more days to the journey, as we make our way south to Bryce Canyon and the Basin and Range Province.