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Ancient Travels

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Hidden : 11/27/2008
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Pictograph Sites! You can drive within a few metres of each stage. Only traversing the ditches or climbing the banks makes the terrain 1.5 to 2.5. Coordinates above are for Stage 1, each stage leads to the next. The first site is called "Snakes".

There are six stages in 4"D x 3"H clear tubs with blue lids, containing a muggle sheet and the coordinates of the next stage. The Final Stage is in a clear Lock and Lock, 6" x 6" x 2". Items left in the Final Stage were: deck of cards, yo-yo, toy car, video cables, plus log book, pen & pencil. All stages have a photo and description of the nearby Pictograph. The Caches are placed so that they are not in a direct line-of-sight of a Muggle viewing the paintings, and the cooordinates are for the Cache, not the Pictograph. Once you get close, they are in plain view.

Start from Princeton, and enjoy this easy, scenic drive along the (paved) Old Hedley Road, on the North side of the Similkameen River. All the Pictographs are within sight of the road, on your left as you travel East. The Pictographs (red in colour, and found on light grey rock faces, usually overhanging) are hundreds of years old, and are protected by law. DO NOT TOUCH. The Natives used this valley as a trade route, bringing red ochre (the dye in the Pictographs) from Vermillion Cliffs in the Tulameen Valley to a trading camp on the South side of the Similkameen River just East of the present bridge where Hwy. 3 crosses the river. The Similkameen Band did not allow other tribes (some of which travelled from as far as the Great Plains) to travel further upstream, to protect the source of their precious red ochre. "Long Camp", a major encampment for the Similkaneen tribes, was located on the bench on the North side of the river, just East of the bridge. Some of the Pictograph sites in the Similkameen Valley have nearby evidence of habitation dating back over 3500 years.

When the Dewdney Trail was built in 1860-61, it followed the same route used by the Indians. Later the Welby Stagecoach, which ran from 1905-13, travelled along the Old Hedley Road / Dewdney Trail. Even Hwy. 5 followed this route originally, until it was moved to the South shore of the river.

Rattlesnakes are sometimes found in the area, particularly in the Eastern section, so take care where you walk and when reaching for Caches! There are several Campgrounds and Picnic sites along the way, so why not make a day of it !

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