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About this same time, he was reading in the journal of Major john Wesley Powell, and Bob says an off the cuff comment from the Major got him started putting the pieces together...
While on one
of his later surveying expeditions on the Arizona Strip, Powell took "a
very old Indian" guide. Powell mentions specifically how, from time
to time, their guide would leave the group, ascend some butte or bluff,
scout around for a while looking at the ground and then the horizon, come
back and announce simply "we travel this way to find water". Powell,
jokingly, wrote that "perhaps he goes up to talk to the rocks"
if perhaps Powell's guide wasn't "talking" to the rocks, but perhaps
he was "reading" them. Bob started comparing mental notes and photographs
he had taken over the years at several hundred sites and he found a pattern.