John & Anne Wiley

2012/03/05

Fillings

As you may recall, I’ve named this Tooth Rock because the name Cathedral Peak doesn’t seem to fit.

0355 Tooth Rock Revisited

0355 Tooth Rock Revisited

From the western end of town (and certainly from our place), it looks very much like an incisor sitting on a front ridge of the mountain below La Cumbre Peak. As I’ve probably said before, it’s actually a relatively thin slab of upturned sedimentary sandstone as you can see in this pic from behind.

0350 Behind Tooth Tip

0350 Behind Tooth Tip

Just left of center and up from the bottom is the top tip of the Tooth Rock slab, and you can see that compared to the overall size it’s thin rather than conical like it looks from town. I’m also fascinated by the potential it has for human habitation, and on this flight I noticed the acorn grinding holes left in this large boulder close below Tooth Rock.

0352 Tooth Grinder

0352 Tooth Grinder

I imagine people (women?) sitting on the surrounding boulders chatting away with those grinding acorns here for food. Did they also live or at least temporarily camp in the many “view” caves on the face of Tooth Rock? Seems like a natural spot for that, and though most of the caves are shallow they could easily have built floors and roofs over them. In addition to the large cave at the base (see my Photo Page for a closeup of that) these are most of the caves on the upper part below the tip.

0356 Upper Cavities

0356 Upper Cavities

Here’s another pic that shows the ones below this and above the main cave at the base.

0357 Middle Hollows

0357 Middle Hollows

I’ve included the bottom caves from the prior pic at the top of this one for perspective. I’m presuming current visitors to Tooth Rock would not generally visit these caves unless they have climbing gear. I’m also guessing that native peoples would have considerable skills and strategies for climbing such rocks. Sometimes flying over such places I feel a connection with ancient peoples, and with the hawks they watched circling above them.

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