|An overexposed shot of a WPA dam at our campground.|
|Walking through Pipestone National Monument|
Pipestone is a kind of rock that American Indian tribes have long used to make ceremonial pipes. It is one of the softest rocks, and it found beneath a layer of one of the hardest rocks. There are many quarries within the monument boundaries, and only members of recognized tribes can quarry there, as long as they've applied for a permit. While we were there we saw some people quarrying by hand.
|The waterfall inside the monument|
We had a lot of driving through corn fields and wind turbine fields after that. The next spot we hit was the Jeffers Petroglyphs. This is another place I would like to go back to and spend more time at. It's a huge piece of rock jutting out of the prairie, where tribes have been passing through for 10,000 years and leaving their marks. I took about 40 pictures of different petroglyphs -- hands, thunderbirds, shapes, turtles, atlatls, buffalos and other shapes. Most remarkable to me was a human face and a perfect circle.
|The petroglyph site from the air|
|John tries to master the atlatl. He did not eat that night.|