Another Amazing Place
Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
100Trip End Jun 04, 2012
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I drove about three miles north before I pulled over and stopped. The first two shots were taken here. Amazing! You can see from the pics. No one was around. Calm and peaceful are the words I'd choose.
I proceeded up the road to the Kachina Inn and stopped again. There's a trail there which I walked and from which I photographed
The rest of the drive was very tranquil and spiritual, in a way, helping to relax and enjoy the Creator's beauty. The folks started showing up, especially at the shops enoute. These, the shops, I avoided. I saw numerous pieces of petrified trees, some quite large, near the road, but nowhere as many as I had expected.
I did stop at the Agate Bridge. It's a large tree that had fallen and remained intact. The sandstone beneath it had eroded and thus, a bridge. In 1901, to "preserve" it, they built a concrete support for it. A strange looking thing, but I guess their hearts were in the right place...it's still intact. The interior of the tree is totally red agate. The bark is clearly visible as though it had recently fallen. Cool. The photos, here again, tell the story.
At the exit, there was an inspection station, manned by a happy and friendly ranger. "No", I said, "I didn't pick up any rocks." I did admit to taking several pictures though.
Before i got back into Holbrook, I stopped at a shop selling petrified wood to see if I could get a piece for the garden at home. Pricey stuff...one photo shows a piece for $900 and another one for $2000. Not in my price range, for sure. I didn't find anything that would work for me, so went into town.
I stopped at the local Ace Hardware and picked up some 0000 steel wool, to use to clean the windshields of both vehicles. If you're interested, I can tell you more in a PM.
Back at camp, I sat in the desert sun for awhile, showered and did the laundry. Nice facilities here and reasonably priced.
I dined later on Andouille sausage, corn and some seven-grain bread.
No sunset this evening due to the oblaka...clouds to you civilians.
I'll move tomorrow to the Homolovi Indian Ruins State Park, which is near Wnslow. You do know the song? I'll try to upload it, just in case.
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