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The distinctive sedimentary formations along Estufa Canyon intrigued me. As I marched down the wash, admiring them with their cylindrical shapes and correponding cylindrically-shaped voided spaces, I considered why "estufa" or "stove"? Surely it was hot in the sun, but what wash in Big Bend isn't? The formations began to look to me like vertical pipes, more like stovepipes (or conductos de estufa). So perhaps, I thought to myself, the canyon reminded folks of stovepipes? By the way, an old map I saw labeled this canyon as Rice Canyon. Like a lot of things in Big Bend, I guess it has both an Anglo and a Hispanic name.
Estufa Canyon pruportedly was named because someone once found a stove (as in kitchen cookstove, not a campstove) there. It is an area that has some sort of meteorological "heat-warp" it is indeed seemingly hot as hell all the time! Neat place though. I usually come down Tornillo Creek to Banta and then out via Estufa. No particular reason, that is just what I have done in every visit but one.
Read this. It explains the Shutinhttp://prism-redfern.org/bbvirtualtrip/banta/banta.html
Looking back again toward the Sphinx and Slickrock Mountain.The road ahead and Ward Mountain.Here, the light was such that I was able to spot the hint of old tire tracks.Another attempt to capture the very faint old tire tracks. They seemed narrower than a modern car...
Dang Flash, another mystery ! I can't tell from your commentary if the "washer courts" are laid out side by side or end to end ? If end to end, in a line,
Dang Flash, another mystery ! I can't tell from your commentary if the "washer courts" are laid out side by side or end to end ? If end to end, in a line, could they be marking something - a future fence or something that either never got built or got torn down ? Do you ever make it to Sam Nail ?
Flash: this is a great report on a great trip! Looking forward to the next installment. By any chance, did you find 'Hartung's Road' that Edward Abbey mentions in one of his short stories?
The game was probably played similar to horseshoes or washers or some of these bean bag toss games. I am guessing, based on the evidence, that they used flat stones marked with paint.
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