2018 October 31, Gold Butte

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2018 October 31, Gold Butte

Today Karen, Serra, Jade and I went out to Gold Butte National Monument to find the Falling Man petroglyph.  At one time the road was paved to the mining town of Gold Butte but now it is quickly deteriorating. Each time I go as far as Whitney Pockets its a bit rougher and there are more unfilled potholes. I haven’t been as far as the town site but apparently that section of road is even worse. But some of the Gold Butte area is still accessible by a high clearance vehicle including the trail to the Falling Man site.

Last year, also on Oct 31, Carmen was with me when I found the window I had to crawl through, but was reluctant to do so without having someone who could help if I needed to get back up through the window.  This year I was very happy that Serra was able to be there to aid in my explorations. So through the window we went leaving Karen and Jade below. Once through we looked up at the cliff rising above us and found nothing. Walked a short distance along the base and found a small panel but no Falling Man. Went down the sandstone path a bit and looked up – nothing…. finally I directed Serra down to the open area at the bottom. She went down and looked up – nothing… finally I said look a foot above my head, I am always missing things and that’s where they normally are… she looked above my head and there it was! 😏 I stepped back a foot and above the boulder blocking my view was the Falling Man!
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Gold Butte National Monument: Created on December 28th, 2016, the monument contains nearly 300,000 acres of unspoiled Mojave Desert landscapes on the north side of Lake Mead. Alcove with petroglyphs, near the falling man panel.
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