Thursday, July 15, 2010
Following Route 66 across Northern Arizona was so enjoyable. The Grand Canyon State is famous for its scenic beauty, from the wide-open spaces, to the rocky and colorful landscape, majestic landmarks, and the best well-preserved 2-lane of pristine pavement of Route 66.
Saturday, June 26th, at 7:08 p.m. we stopped for photos at the entrance to the Petrified Forest National Park. We paid the entrance fee $20 per vehicle and were given a note explaining that it is illegal and heavy fines up to $325 would be imposed on anyone for removing the petrified wood, rocks, fossils (dating back 225 millions years, we were told) or any archaeological items from the park.
We started on the north entrance to the edge of a high mesa with spectacular views of Painted Desert. Continued along the 28 miles inside the park, we stopped at various historic sites of dwelling that were built 700 years ago or boulders that covered with petroglyphs carved by Pueblo Indians more than 500 years ago.
I was hypnotized by the dramatic colors of the rock formations. If it was not for the 115 degrees temperature, I would be happy just standing there for hours!
Different minerals in different concentrations caused the rich colors in petrified wood and in the brilliant colors of painted desert, especially under the bright sun at midday.
It was delightful to drive through the heart of the Petrified Forest and the colorful hills of the Painted Desert were heavenly beautiful.
Above is a 100-foot log spanning a 40-foot-wide wash named Agate Bridge.
How much (petrified) wood would a woodchuck chuck if it was legal chucked?