April 18 – April 19, 2018.
Duwan calls it “hundering”. It’s a mixture of hunting and wandering, often triggered by a chance conversation with a fellow traveler. Back at Gold Butte I was practicing accordion songs. I thought our only neighbor was out 4-wheeling, and was surprised when he came over to listen. As we chatted, he said he liked Hovenweep. Now THAT’S a word guaranteed to inspire a good hunder.
The hunder is self-perpetuating. Ours started at the Hovenweep visitor center in Utah. Here we learned about some of the pueblos in the area. The park actually extends into Colorado. So we did, too. After Hovenweep, we went to Lowry, then to the visitor center at Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. Then on to Sand Canyon.
A proper hunder has no natural end. It must be stopped by a conscious decision. In our case, we had to quit for a scheduled activity. (If you decide to go hundering in this area, I recommend starting at the museum at Canyon of the Ancients.)
* All pics are click to enlarge.
Square Castle Group
Horseshoe and Hackberry Groups
Painted Hand Pueblo
Cutthroat Castle Group
Double Cliff House
Anasazi Heritage Museum