Monday, May 14, 2012

Target Tree

Southern Colorado...Ute Indian Reservation...evidence of past activities abound.  One interesting spot we found was the Target Tree Campground, where you could learn about the Ute's connection with and use of the majestic ponderosa pinetree.


As you hike and explore Colorado, you may come across a large, oval shaped "scar" on the lower portion of a ponderosa pine.  This is where the Ute Indians would peel back the bark to gain access to the cambium (inner bark) and sap.  The cambium was used for soups, stews and tea, while the sap was made into a sweet candy.  These trees were also used for target practice to hone the skills of their warriors.
 

Relaxing in the crisp air at 7700 foot elevation, Oscar and I talked about the gifts the trees gave the Ute.  Oscar was spellbound and a bit dumbfounded.  All this time, he thought all the trees in the world were put there just for him  . . .  

Go figure

3 comments:

Happytrails said...

Oscar...you are never too old or young to learn something new!!

Our little Nick is continuing to get better and teach us new tricks as well. One thing we learned recently is our older Shih Tzu, Casey aka Granny, doesn't need to snuggle with him in the basket. He screamed and scared us to death. Dr. said he was ok. Wheew, dodged that bullet. I guess us humans learn slowly!!

Happy Trails said...

coungnrLooking forward to your visit! Unfortunately we work! Chuck works Thurs Fri and Sat a 3-way shift 9am-11am, 2;30-3:30, 6 to 9 pm. I work Thrusday, Friday, Sat and Sunday 3:30 - 9:30! Our local number with no message message machine is 435-635-1314!

Happy Trails said...

Just found out about a big flute festival here, starting tomorrow! 17th, 18th and 19th! 3 days of concerts, workshops and artisans dedicated to the flute! I just called and left a message from our landline.... Geri