Last night when I first thought of my C is for post, the very first thing that popped into my head was chopsticks – don’t ask me why, maybe my subconcious is craving Japanese food and I need to get cooking. 🙂 But, since I decided that there wasn’t much to write about there I would go with Cave Art.
While we were in Montana one of our excursions took about 15 minutes outside of Billings to the Pictograph Cave State Park. The country was absolutely gorgeous with massive cliffs all around. In one cave there were discovered a number of different drawings – from all sorts of civilizations and eras. The drawings were growing more and more faded, but there were still a number that were fantastic and easy to see – these being several hundred years old – most likely drawn by the Crow Indians. In the photos they are the ones in Red, so the historians and archeologists suspect anyway. The kids had a marvelous time trying to pick out all the different pictures and what they might be. Those are the photos I put here – there is one on flickr of older drawings in black but it is VERY faints and hard to see.
This imposing cliff greets you as you begin your walk to the pictograph cave – it is called “Cliff Hanger’s Cliff” – and since I have 4 children that enjoy watching PBS and have seen “Between the Lions” many times, mny husband and I broke into song (upon seeing the name of this cliff) “Cliff hanger, hanging from a cliff, and that’s why it’s called cliff hanger.” yes, we’re dorky, I know. 🙂
This photo is looking up towards the pictograph cave.
The kids had no problem finding this painting and figuring out what is was:
This one was pretty easy to see – though they had bit harder time discovering what it was a picture of. A lot of the drawings were more easily seen through binoculors too.
There were two other caves as well. One was in the middle and is most likely where different groups lived – they didn’t live in the pictograph cave apparantly. The other was Ghost Cave. The girls really got a kick out of the name of this one. We discovered a marvelous echo from just outside the cave as it bounced of the surrounding rock walls in the distance. We were yelling and yodelling for quite some time, delighting in the fascinating voices as they bounced back at us. Even Jacob got into the art of the echo.
Headed up the path towards Ghost Cave.
The really cool rock formations inside Ghost cave – I tried to tell the kids they were petrified ghosts, but they didn’t believe me. 🙂
All the family with Paul’s Padres in Ghost Cave.
The glorious cliffs across from Ghost Cave that so kindly bounced back our voices to us.
More photos can be found on Flickr if you are interested in seeing them.