Friday, May 11, 2012

Mouse's Tank and Petroglyph Canyon

[This is the final in a series of entries on Valley of Fire, a state park in Nevada.]

So after hitting White Domes we pulled over at several random view points (marked as just parking lots on the map).  This one was quite beautiful; my memory is not great, but I think this is Rainbow Vista.

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And then we went to Mouse's Tank, where rain water can collect for months due to the unique rock shapes and the shade from the sun.  Mouse was a Southern Paiute Indian who hid out here for months in the 1890's because he allegedly killed two prospectors.  That is a rumor, others say he was just a nuisance and a thief, but not a murderer.  But he definitely lived here for some unknown amount of time.

Mouse's Tank is in Petroglyph Canyon and there are more petroglyphs here.  The path is very sandy, but easy (maybe too easy ) to hike. There was no water when we were there despite the storm clouds all around us and the reports of recent rain.   

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Luckily Nevada's parks department has indicated where the good pictures are...
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My interpretation of this petroglyph is that aliens visited the people in this valley and they became friends.
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