Pictographs, Waterfalls, and Margaritas

Torrey, UT

We returned from hiking on Thursday to find we had new neighbors.  Howard and Linda from RV-Dreams had driven up from Bryce Canyon earlier that day and had the site right next to us.  We met them in January during our visit to Anza-Borrego State Desert Park in California.  Blog posts and emails had alerted us to their pending arrival, so we were pleased to see they were right beside us.  That evening we invited them over to dinner and spent the evening sharing stories and experiences from the full-time world.

The next evening our local “guides,” Annette and Larry, invited us along with our neighbors for a visit to a nearby hidden cove where we could take a short hike to a waterfall, enjoy seeing some pictographs, and share margaritas and snacks.  So off we went down a dusty dirt road (it seems like there are a lot of dusty dirt roads around here) to a hidden parking area at the base of Boulder Mountain.  We carried chairs, food, and a cooler just a short distance to the base of a huge rock where we would have our refreshments later.  As we approached the area we were greeted by some very large pictographs and petroglyphs. 

While most of the images on the rock were from ancient times, there were a few that seemed to be a bit more recent.

We set our refreshments down near the drawings and began hiking toward the base of the mountain.  At one point we needed to cross under a barbed wire fence, but Larry and Annette assured us we were not breaking any laws (that they were aware of).

At one point during the brief hike the ladies in the group lost a grip on reality, ran across the open field, and began pressing their noses to a pine tree.  What’s up with that?

It turns out that the tree is a Ponderosa Pine and emits a slight odor of butterscotch.  Who knew ? ? ?  After getting up close and personal with the tree, we continued toward a canyon.

Annette nimbly led us up the canyon as it quickly narrowed.

We rounded a bend in the canyon and the waterfall appeared in front of us.

Howard, Larry, and John check out the waterfall

We returned to the food court and began to prepare the refreshments.

Larry the Bartender prepares his special concoction

Food Court Serving Area

Larry, Annette, Howard, Linda, and John enjoy their refreshments

Pam and Larry talk under a mural of ancient art

At the end of the festivities we had to say good-by to Larry and Annette.  This would be the last time we would enjoy their company, as our stay in Torrey was quickly coming to an end.   We had a great time and saw so many wonderful things during our visit as a result of their efforts.  We plan to return to Torrey for another visit in the future and can’t wait to see them again.

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18 Responses to Pictographs, Waterfalls, and Margaritas

  1. Shirley says:

    What great pictures and what a wonderful place to visit…looks like u all had a wonderful time, and great lunch! Too bad some people don’t respect the park and it’s incredible history with pictographs and have to leave “their mark”…makes me so mad!! Don’t go if u can’t keep your hands to yourself! Joshua Tree NP has the same problem and has closed areas of the park because of the grafitti..just not right! Thanks again for taking us on your trip!

  2. I don’t really care about the post other then the Margarita part….hehe
    I love those pictographs and petroglyphs. I try to image who drew them, when and why. History coming alive!
    Now I have been very near many a pine tree and never got as close as you three. Did you smell butterscotch? Did you get me any needles?
    What a cool setting for happy hour. I wish we were there!!! You two are having so much fun…love it!

    • placestheygo says:

      The needles were a little too small so I didn’t bother collecting any…haha! But the bark really does strongly smell of butterscotch. It seemed like you should be able to dip your finger in and get some.

  3. Ingrid says:

    Best food court I’ve ever seen…..so jealous. Doesn’t get any better….other than those visits with daughter 🙂

  4. Amanda says:

    What an awesome setting for a picnic. Love the pictographs! We’ve seen lots of Ponderosa Pines lately- I had no idea about the butterscotch scent.

    • placestheygo says:

      Yes, it was a very different setting for a picnic I must admit. Make sure you smell next to the crack in the bark of the Ponderosa. It really does smell of butterscotch! I was smelling my way through Bryce today!! I must have looked too weird!

  5. We had a great time during your days here; see you guys on down the road.

  6. Annette Lamb says:

    We imagined that the people who gathered here hundreds of years ago were enjoying their own version of Margaritas, chips, and salsa.

  7. Lisa says:

    What a fun outing! So cool you got to meet up with Howard and Linda again. Gosh, I love seeing pictographs and petroglyphs! I love trying to figure out what some of the odd ones represent.

  8. Gay and Joe says:

    What an awesome day…those are the best pictures of petroglyphs I have ever seen, Had no idea about the butterscotch smell from the Ponderosa Pines…way cool!

    • placestheygo says:

      There are lots of Ponderosa trees in Bryce. They have a rusty thick bark. Smell where the bark pieces come together. It really smells like butterscotch. I was smelling as we went on our hike today.

  9. Sue says:

    Are you sure you girls weren’t licking those tree trunks? Sure looks like it….hmmmm

  10. Pam says:

    I sure didn’t expect to see a bottle of Patron and a cooler full of other goodies to appear among the pictographs. You sure know how to make the most of your outings. I have been around quite a few Ponderosa Pines, but never knew about the butterscotch smell. Will have to try it.

  11. Erin says:

    Now that’s life … a secret spot with interesting art, a hike, and sundowners … neat.

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