The Yakima Training Center, first of all, and foremost, is HUGE! It's BIG! Think of something BIG and then multiply it by 1000. It's simply HUGE! Gigantic even!
I met up with my ride at a little before 7:30AM. He is a nice gentleman who shared much more than an interest in history with me. It was a VERY educational day. I learned about some of the archeological works on the YTC. For instance, on that bench in the picture below there were several sites that native Americans used to create tools like arrow heads and knives and scrapers and such.
Chert, is a silica mineral that indigenous peoples used for arrow heads and spear points. Other forms are called flint and jasper. All have hardness characteristics similar to quartz. Below is some that was resting in the stream bed.
Below you see some petrified wood. This chunk was sizable, about 12 to 14 inches long. Smaller pieces were all over!
This next one is of a piece of equipment left at a diatomite mine...pretty cool, huh?
It was a great day!!!!!! I hope you all can get that from this post!