Wood and Stone
Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
120Trip End Sep 01, 2012
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Not long after, we came to the Petrified Forest. This is a bit of a misnomer as there is no longer an actual forest in this park, it is much more desert terrain. Apparently it had been a flood plain in the past and when the trees fell down and were covered by water, the silica and mineral rich water was absorbed into the wood and all wood and fiber tissue was replaced by silica and minerals which over time turned into rock!!
As we drove through the park, we came to an area called the Tepees, mounds/hills that are banded in different colours due to the layers of minerals contained in the rock. Another amazing sight and one that was quite surreal. KaMate wanted to stop and have his picture so we obliged. Then, at the Northern end of the park was a region called the Painted Desert. Again a huge array and diversity of colours that are quite unlike anything that any of us had seen before, in pictures or in real life. It's pretty cool that we are able to expose the kids to all of these different natural environments and despite the heat and challenges of living on the road as a family; days and scenes like this certainly make it all worthwhile!!
Then we simply drove on to Albuquerque, got some dinner groceries and checked into a very reasonably priced hotel for a couple of nights of catching up on sleep and water and enjoying a couple of days without big drives to and from different destinations.