6 Days in Cedar Mesa, Utah (Day 5) Slideshow

6 Days in Cedar Mesa, Utah (Day 5) Slideshow

Greg Childauthor, mountaineer and friendsurveys our “new” canyon

Greg and Ariann, his 7-year-old daughter, descending slickrock

Greg and the author scouting for ruins

 

The obscure Anasazi ruin in the bottom of the canyon

 

Mesa Verde black-on-white potsherds and a bone awl found in the ruin

Ariann scampers up a 50-degree slab, spotted by her father

 

Climbing out of the canyon on an old Anasazi hand-and-toe trail

 

Claret cup cactus in full bloom

 

Overview: Comb Ridge in the middle distance

 

The moon and Venus in the west, above our campsite