Starting at "New Windmill" [four rights, several steep hills, and two cattle fences from Bloody Basin exit off Interstate 17] we walked overland for two miles instead of descending/ascending (twice) the canyon like we did last time. Our path was marked with Junipers. Two miles doesn't sound like much of a walk but the ground is as much uneven volcanic boulders as it is soil.
We encountered several unexpected dwellings as we hiked in and out across Perry Mesa. Some had a half dozen rooms, others were vague outlines. This rectangular pattern of rocks was once a home, a 1,000 years or so ago...
A broken stone projectile point. The back third where it it would have been hafted to a shaft is missing. Normally we see the flakes remaining after the tool is made but not the tool itself.
The point was not made of the poor quality quartz usually seen on the mesa. The obsidian used to shape the flake on the left would have been imported from the Flagstaff area.
A wall of rock delineates our objective. One learns to look for an unlikely pile of rocks each of a size movable by one person.
The boulders ring an ancient circular courtyard cleared off in the middle.
The more remote the site, the larger the potsherds. Here most of the fragments were unadorned orange/red clay pots.
After three visits to the Baby Canyon Group we’re ready for some less accessible sites.