This afternoon Alan, Aliesha and I went on a hike in the White Tanks Regional Park on the Waterfall Trail. This is the easiest trail in the park with many rewards, including vistas of the city of Phoenix, cool rock formations, different types of cacti, a dry river bed with a dry waterfall (very rarely is there enough rainfall to create running water) and my personal favorite….lots of petroglyphs.
Petroglyphs are rock carvings created by removing part of the rock surface by chipping, picking and gouging. Some of the art work inside the White Tanks Regional Park is believed to be 10,000 years old.
I was pondering these works of art today and thought about the people who created them. I believe they were the ancient graffiti artists of the rocks.
I know some people (a lot of people) think this is a defamation of a historic site…but 10,000 years from now this will be ancient graffiti also!