Steve had been to the Black Sheep Pictograph site on a previous hike some years ago. So Steve led the way for Linda, Bill and me. Kinda. Started out by taking a tour up a dead end in a canyon.
Once back on the trail and a couple of miles later Steve pointed out the cave on the other side of the canyon/wash. From there it was cactus whacking and rock scrambling to the cave.
The cave in not large. Comfortable for one person. Two makes it crowded.
The pictographs are mostly animals -- deer, bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope.
Animal representations in a row at this time of year and on Black Friday weekend I had a momentary wonder why Santa's sleigh had not been included.
After we admired the work of the long ago artist, we sat at the cave entrance admiring the view and pleased that we could be here learning and sharing.
From there it was a long hike back to the trail head as we shared stories from last summer's travels and experiences.
My GPS recorded 7.5 miles. The GPS units that Bill and Steve carried reported 8.1 miles. Guess I will go with their numbers. It felt like more miles, but that could just be the old body. Or my imagination.
It was a good day to be out hiking the Tucson Mountains. Life is great!