Scott and I headed out today after work to do a little more trail mapping. We were joking about getting tired of mapping the trails in this park (since we’re nearly done) and that we should go to another park for a change. What’s left is mostly little bits and pieces here and there, scattered throughout the park.
On the way back to the car, sun setting in the west (always a good place for the sun to set. If you ever notice it setting in the east, it’s time to buy a new compass), Scott headed off-trail, looking for the first, preferably non-toxic mushroom of the year. Instead, he found something else.
The little stone is a prehistoric hand hold, also known as a bearing block. It’s the top part of a bow drill, which can be used either for starting fires or for drilling holes in wood, stone, bone, or just about anything else. This one has a very deep hole, meaning it’s been used quite a lot. It’s also been shaped to fit perfectly into your right hand. I then found what may be a crude hand axe. We also found some other signs in the area that maybe, and this is very tentative, this may have been a significant Native American site. Obviously, the sun was setting and we weren’t going to do much in the dark, but both Scott and I felt there was more to find.
Just when you think there’s no major finds left in this park, a whole new area of exploration opens up…