The Forest: Not the Only Thing that was Petrified

Artwork by Lindsey
Artwork by Lindsey

I was expecting an easy four-hour drive from Tuscon to Holbrook, AZ today.  Instead, I got a heart-pounding, nerve-wracking, tunnel-visioned roller coaster ride through Salt River Canyon.  The Nissan gauges were pushing their way into the danger zone as I was being chased down the switchbacks by our 7,500 pound trailer.  The only thing worse was pulling that trailer back up the steep roads out of the canyon.  I refused to look over the edge at the car (and possible trailer) IMG_0421athat had failed to stay on the narrow road. The reward was the awe-inspiring beauty of the canyon itself.

We arrived to the campground in Holbrook and quickly departed for the Painted Desert

Painted Desert
Painted Desert
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Petroglyphs

and Petrified Forest.  There, we got our first look at some real Native American petroglyphs.  We thought we saw a menorah  but there was only room for 5 candles.  The layers of colors in the Painted Desert were magnificent.  Our favorite part of the Petrified Forest

Petrified Wood
Petrified Wood

was the .75 mile paved “hike” that took us up close to the many petrified trees.  Here, we watched the sun set behind the distant mountains finishing another most excellent day.

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–Laura

One thought on “The Forest: Not the Only Thing that was Petrified”

  1. Sounds hair raising but wonderful. Glad to hear from you and to know that the adventure is continuing. Cheers, Don and Fran

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