Another Amazing Place

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I got out of here early this morning, driving the twenty-five miles to the park and arriving about seven-thirty.  The Visitors Center wasn't open yet, so I went to the Entrance Gate and checked in.  Not a happy camper, this lady.  I mentioned that she didn't look very happy and she replied, to the effect: You mean I should be happy working here?  I said that it works for me.  Another great use for the Geezer Pass and ten dollars saved,

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.  I learned about more flora of the arid part of this state.  Mormon Tea, Thin-leafed yucca, broad-leafed and Mexican Cliffrose to name a few. The photos show some of them.  At the end of the trail I met a native Floridian and visited a bit with him.  He, too, is amazed at the beauty of this place.  I returned to the car, having walked about a mile and a half.  The colors and shapes are awesome...a word I rarely use, but appropriate  on this occasion.  I reckon...

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'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 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.

Take care, keep in touch and...
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Dennis on

More awesome photos. The Painted Desert is a very interesting place to visit.

ferd on

Very nice pics! Canyon is a favorite....need to get back there! How old is the petrified stuff, how does that happen? Nasty on the lathe!! Have fun! Hugs....

mike noble on

I must have missed this blog. Is this the National Park Petrified forest? I stopped there a couple times in the last few years and did buy a nice piece for $20 so you can look at it when you get home.

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