Witch’s Cave

A little rock shelter in the sandstone where—maybe in the early 1900s judging from the state of the juniper—a Navajo sheepherder, a woodcutter, or an outlaw had augmented a natural cave with cut branches.

2 thoughts on “Witch’s Cave”

  1. Hi Betsy, Enjoyed this post, as always. There are so many little places in the desert that tell little human stories, though this one is particularly evocative. I have found that natural lookout spots often show little signs of temporary human occupancy. Viewpoints on trails are of course disturbed, but in places not often visited you can see things like stacked-stone windbreaks. I imagine that people posted lookouts for safety, and those sentries tried to make themselves a little more comfortable and concealed. Dale

    On Fri, Jun 11, 2021 at 11:56 AM WORLD-BUILDING and WILDERNESS: wrote:

    > Betsy James posted: ” Witch’s Cave A little rock shelter in the sandstone > where—maybe in the early 1900s judging from the state of the juniper—a > Navajo sheepherder, a woodcutter, or an outlaw had augmented a natural cave > with cut branches. ” >

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