Dixie Archaeology Society

Preservation through Education


Joined May 23 2014
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St. George
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Elan Magazine - Founder, Editor in Chief; Mom, Wife, "GiGi", Off-Road Enthusiast, Desert Wanderer, Art Lover, Adventure Seeker, Soul Searcher. 

Perhaps this excerpt from one of my letters from the editor explains my excitement in finding this group:

"Like water to the desert, so is the imagination to the mind. When dry, a single thought, vision or dream can flood our thoughts and awaken the genius within. Children know this space well. Without effort they can transport themselves anywhere, be anyone and accomplish anything. Children believe anything is possible. 

I was nine years old when I held a fossil in my hand for the first time during a field trip with my 4th grade class. The archeologist tried to explain how many millions of years old the leaf on the rock was. I couldn’t wrap my brain around the time element but I could imagine being in a world that had no people, no buildings and vast open spaces. “Exactly,” the archeologist said to me, pleased that I could visualize what he was trying to explain. 

Growing up in the desert on the Colorado River Indian Tribes reservation provided ample opportunity for exploration. A Saturday would be spent with the family in the dune buggy traversing countless dirt roads. I would ride along imagining what would lie ahead...a ghost town, an old mine, a single grave in a remote area...each outing leading to a place and a story which, if unknown, I would create. And, on many occasions, my make believe scenario reflected some element of the historical truth."

Perhaps this explains my fascination with old roads, remote hiking trails, petroglyphs, ruins, abandon buildings and rural towns. It is not unusual for me to head out for a day or two and explore a new route or to hold a business meeting walking along one of my favorite trails. Every experience, even those repeated, feel new to me. There is always something more to discover...and a story waiting to be told. 


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