I can hardly express my excitement at turning and seeing the rock pictured above. In 2010, the major clue that had sent me in search of the red buffalo rock painting was the description of this rock as, “anvil-shaped.”
In total, I had spent nearly four days in search of it. During about four hours of one night I had even been “lost” in the desert. If you know where to look, it’s easy to find. If you don’t know where to look, you can miss it. In looking at this photo that may seem hard to believe, but I was within about 20 yards of it, looking right at it, and didn’t see it.
When I was finally in one of the two locations from which it can be viewed, in full, I literally said, out loud, “I feel like I’m finding the Holy Grail!”
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