I will start with the Manitou book features of the east ridge, then
the bowl below the east ridge and then move to Dairy Hill.
After that I will show photos of various chambers with in the vicinity.
East Ridge and Calender I Bowl:
The notched winter solstice sunrise marker designated as "E3" in the
Manitou book. It's located on the south end of the east ridge above the
Calender 1 bowl.
A small violin shaped stone described in the book as located at the base of this rock appears to be missing. See chapter 12 of the book for extensive details.
A more distant uphill shot of the winter solstice sunrise marker E3.
The area is so overgrown it is impossible to see any of the markers from
the bowl below.
Notched stone on east ridge of Calender 1 site. It's a few yards to
the south of the winter solstice marker E3 above.
Notice the cross like scratchings right below the notch. This stone is not described in the "Manitou" book.
This monolith is one of two candidates for the summer solstice sunrise
marker designated as "E2" in "Manitou. There are not any photos of the
marker in the book,
so I had to make educated guess based on my location on the east ridge and the topographical map and bowl drawing in Manitou.
Here is the second candidate for the summer solstice sunrise marker
E2. It is located a few yards up hill from the first candidate. I tend
to think that this monolith is it.
A more distant uphill shot of the same "most likely E2 candidate" monolith.
Now we are down in the Calender I bowl itself. My wife and I have visited
the bowl three times now.
This is a shot of the front of the bowl's chamber.
A shot looking into the chamber itself. The chamber has no roof. Notice
the fall colors!
Looking down into the chamber from the top.
This shot is of a quartz rock just ten feet from the entrance of the chamber. It is so overgrown the chamber is not visible at all.
A rather useless shot of the supposed astronomical center pit designated
as "B2" in Manitou. This is the supposed location from which the sunrise
solstices for monoliths E2 and E3 were observed from. It is just a few
yards north of the chamber and included here for completist sake.
A northern shot of the standing stones designated as "B3" in Manitou. It's just twenty feet north of the astronomical center pit B2.
The Dairy Hill monolith as described in the first chapter of Manitou.
This shot duplicates the angle of the photo in the book. It took us two
days to find it and we only found it because we happened to see it at exactly
the right angle (this one!) Supposedly the sun sets over the monolith on
May 6 and August 7 as observered from the top of a chamber half a mile
to the east. These dates are half way points between the summer solstice
and spring and fall equinoxes. Photos of this chamber will be shown further
down. This shot looks north north east and up hill.
Another straight on shot of the Dairy Hill monolith looking west west
My wife kissing the Dairy Hill Monolith ala' the famous Blarney Stone
A prayer seat for Indian vision quests about thirty feet north west
of the Dairy Hill Monolith and on the west side of dairy hill.
The same prayer seat shot at an angle looking north.
A distant shot of the prayer seat looking east. Over to the right and
just behind my wife the small foundation remenants
shown in the photos below can be seen.
The foundation just mentioned above looking south. This foundation is mentioned in Manitou.
The foundation looking north. The prayer seat can be seen above it.
The foundation from a frontal view.
A close up of the "head" of the foundation. Notice the red ochre - a rock sacred to the Indians.
A close up of the red ochre with a sheet of white paper behind it for contrast.
A looking down shot of the foundation.
A very distinctive monolith on the north side of Dairy Hill. This is
mentioned in Manitou, but the astronomical purpose is unknown.
Another shot of same monolith.
And yet still another. It is very imposing and mysterious rock!
A stately "old man of the forest"! on the south slope of Dairy Hill. Much Mana to be found here!
Chambers in the Vicinity of Calender 1 and Dairy Hill:
There are/were six chambers with in the Calender I-Dairy Hill vicinity.
The first chamber was the roofless chamber in the Calender I bowl.
I believe one chamber of the six is now destroyed after talking to its property owner. The status of the sixth chamber is unknown and remains for a subsequent trip!
Three more will be shown here.
The above chamber is relatively famous in the area and easily accessible. I have been to it four times. It lies on a rental property just down from the entrance to the Joseph Smith Memorial entrance on Dairy Hill Road. This is the chamber from which the May 6 and August 7 sunsets over the Dairy Hill Monolith can be observed.
This is a northern shot of its very small entrance. You have to crawl to get into it.
A shot of the inside. Notice its round corbelled behive construction.
A shot looking out from the chamber's entrance and south. Notice the roof slabs and my flashlight!
This is the "Eagle chamber" described in first chapter of Manitou. It
is located about a quarter mile south down hill from the Calender 1
bowl. The entrance faces east. I have visited it twice.
An angle shot of the Eagle chamber. Notice the inset nook area and wall perpendicular to the chamber.
Another angle shot of the entrance from the oppisite side. Notice the
notched rock to the left.
Looking at the notched rock in the above photo while sitting in the
A shot looking out from chamber. Supposedly there is a monolith on the chamber axis visible from with in the chamber, but that seems to be up the hill further (this is an up hill shot) and a reason for another trip to visit.
A shot of the fourth chamber. The land owner was gracious enough to let me photograph it. There are no photos of this chamber in Manitou and there is only one other photo of this chamber that I am aware of, so these photos should be considered on the rare side!
Looking out from it.
Its east outer wall.
An interior shot. Notice the attempted sheet metal replacement for missing roof slab.
An interior shot. Sorry for the brightness!
An angle view of its entrance.
That's all for now folks!