Navajo Country Expedition with OAUSA Part I

By unwire, May 16, 2010

Last year the organizers at OAUSA mentioned the ancient Cliff Dwelling destinations in the upcoming Indian Country Expedition. I knew this was a trip not to be missed. It was very apparent that this trip was a realization of many years of thought, research and planning. I will forever compare all future "Overlanding" trips to this expedition. My expectations were exceeded far beyond what I could have possibly imagined. Everyday was filled beautiful views, ancient artifacts, pictographs, petroglyphs, music and stories from our guides.

We visited more than six different ancient Anasazi Cliff Dwellings. These date back to the 1300's and earlier:
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Driving into into our first campsite on the rim of Canyon de Chelley:

Ben Playing beautiful music for us on a Navajo Flute around our campfire:

Artifacts in and around the Cliff Dwellings were everywhere. Pottery Shards, corn husks and grinding stones:
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When the Anasazi lived here, if a pot broke they'd throw it on the ground or over the cliff. On out hike to one location, we found pieces of pottery on the ground almost a mile away.