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Up hill behind ruins, Felix showed us rocks with six-inch wide holes a foot deep or more, and perfectly round. They were filled with water - their purpose, according to Felix. We like water with fewer bugs, but he and Irina drank water collected in them. It was a peaceful spot, overlooking valley below.
Arrowhead Hunting Success
Over hill, we had some luck searching for rocks and arrowheads, but not like Felix. We saw hundreds of pieces of pottery, but all very plain looking. He found pottery that had beautiful designs on it, and metates. He found a tiny clear quartz arrowhead, perfectly made, that had probably been used to hunt small birds two hundred years earlier.
Each of us wandered a bit. Ana and I made it back to van first, and when Irina and Felix returned, we cooked beans with instant rice on our camp stove. After meal, we said goodbyes, and traded addresses. They went back to hotsprings, while we headed other way with bags of rocks, an antelope antler, and two broken arrowheads.
For interesting rocks, go out after a rain and you can see Fire-agate and Apache Teardrops laying on sand. For best rock collecting, visit designated rockhound areas in southeastern Arizona. As for arrowhead hunting, and ancient pottery, enjoy yourself, but it may be illegal to keep any artifacts now. The BLM office in Safford can give you directions and more information.
Steve Gillman hit the road at sixteen, and traveled the United States and Mexico alone at 17. Now 40, he travels with his wife Ana, whom he met in Ecuador. Read more stories, tips and travel information at: http://www.EverythingAboutTravel.com