Tuesday 20 May
Trip Start Apr 13, 2008
163Trip End Oct 27, 2008
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This morning we went exploring around the campsite. We cycled down the road a little, to a small store and then went for a walk up to the top of a ridge which gave us a great view of the area. It got pretty hot so we all went back for a lovely shower and then Caroline rang Nadine and Steve rang home because it had been a while since we had updated this blog.
We then headed down the road to another State Park where Holly and Zach had a swim in a lake (in wetsuits because the water was quite cold), Caroline did some writing and Steve watched the kids. We discovered a open wireless connection which we were grateful for although it was a very connection and very slow.
We had an early dinner and when it cooled down a bit we went for a long walk up behind the campsite to check-out a big collection of petrified trees. Whole trees have been petrified after suddenly being buried under sand by a big flood or avalanche long ago, perhaps 100 000 years ago. Then a shallow sea formed over the area and as the sea water seeped down into the sand the silica in the water slowly replaced the wood that made-up the tree. Then the sand and the silica all turned to rock as it came under immense pressure due to earth movements. Finally the now petrified wood has been freed via erosion from its sandstone tomb.
The petrified trees still have their growth rings in some cases and you can even make-out the tree bark. The "tree rock" comes in many colours - Orange, red, brown, blue, purple, blue, pink - quite amazing really.
We had a great evening and saw huge hares that were quite tame and a wood chuck (bird) that has a funny call. We spread out along the trail and sat alone for awhile listening to the silence. It got dark just as we got back to Indy.
We haven't taken any petrified wood from the park as we have learnt it is bad luck to take the rocks. There are some letters with their accompanying rocks, written by people from all over the world in the visitors centre. These people have either felt guilty or have had bad luck after taken samples home!!