Saturday, January 24, 2009

"The Indian Rock"

That's what we called the Runestone that is now the center of the Runestone National Park.

When we were boys we used to hike up there to the "Indian Rock" and camp. We would build a fire and cook and climb all over that rock. We would write on it with chalk or whatever we had and we would also do what boys do, pee on it.

Now look at it, encased in glass, you can't even touch it! Mercy!

I think we used to call that area "Kitchen Canyon". It was a great place to hike to and camp at.


At January 24, 2009 at 11:06 PM , Blogger Chuck Hudlow said...

Bill, I remember the Indian Rock just like you. However, I thought Kitchen Canyon was further North around the rim of the mountain/hill. We found a spot where there was an overhanging rock that covered an almost square area about 8' square (as I remember) and it had an almost flat floor. We would build fires under the overhang. It provided an excellent place to get out of a shower or to put sleeping bags. As I remember, it was only about 5' or 6' floor to 'ceiling'. Since the area was almost square under that rock overhang, it reminded me of a kitchen. Did you ever come up on such a place? It was sometimes hard to find because it wasn't visible until you got to the edge of the overhang.

At January 25, 2009 at 6:27 AM , Blogger Bill Hinds said...

No I don't remember finding a place like that. But you are probably right, I remember my brothers talking about Kitchen Canyon and I just assumed it was up there behind where the Runestone is.

At January 25, 2009 at 1:17 PM , Blogger John Inman said...

I remember many times we used to hike up to "Indian Rock" and spend the day, cook out or just enjoy being up there. We always went through Red Ward's yard, pasture and right on up the mountain. Then we ran back down the mountain, or skipped back down. There was usually a snake or two at Red's pond. It really seemed like an adventure going up to Indian Rock. I remember a big rock shaped like Oklahoma on the way up. It wasn't anywhere near as big as Indian Rock, though.

And we always cooked out under the ledge, and there was a water fall nearby.

At January 25, 2009 at 1:36 PM , Blogger Glen Lazalier said...

Ah, for the old days--now it would leave me breathless to climb up there without the road that has been put in place.

At January 25, 2009 at 2:11 PM , Blogger John Inman said...

I also remember one time, there was a den of rattlesnakes near the bottom of Indian Rock.

At February 7, 2009 at 11:39 AM , Blogger Pat Burroughs said...

It's a wonder we didn't all get snake bit up there. I went up there many times. I always heard about kitchen Canyon but never actually went that far till after I was married. I still can't place the exact location, though.

Bill, before they put that rock behind glass, I always thought I smelled something.......

I have to brag a bit and say that as late as last summer I was walking up the steep road from the Runestone Park to the top of the mountain, enjoying the new hip I had gotten in '06. Now I'm down again and looking forward to getting the second new hip on March 4th. Glen, you could still walk up there. We're not as old as people want us to think we are! (:>)


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