I’m reading Craig Childs’ The Secret Knowledge of Water on recommendation of @brooke.appler and – get this – last night read chapter four under the stars near enough a creek to hear its babbling flow. Chapter four describes not only these handprints that I saw earlier that day, but also how he crawled inside a giant gushing cliffside spring — and get this — there was a maniac climbing INSIDE THE GIANT GUSHING CLIFFSIDE SPRING EARLIER THAT DAY when I hiked by. I panicked thinking he had lost his mind and was committing some weird suicide, then saw he had friends watching. So I turned to his friend and said, “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen.” Later after reading chapter four I change my story: that was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.
Also cool that I pretty much lived chapter four yesterday.
Yes, those are real Native art handprints. No I won’t say where they are. They’re dated maybe 800 years old – possibly from the ancient ones.