Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Petrified Forest & Painted Desert National Parks

We are at the KOA in Holbrook, Arizona just for a short two day stay to see the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National Parks.  This is just a quick stop on our way to the Grand Canyon South Rim.  We went to the auto races at Thunder Valley Speedway in Show Low last night.  We saw 2 classes, the Budweiser Modifieds and the Dwarf cars.  They also had a demolition derby.  It was fun.
The petrified logs came about as follows: trees were toppled by historic floods, they were washed away, became waterlogged and sunk to the bottom of an ancient ocean.  Silt, volcanic ash and silica covered the logs for many centuries, turning them to stone. On trip through the Painted Desert, we stopped at the 1937 built Painted Desert Inn, built by the Fred Harvey Company.  It is still in great shape, now preserved by the National Park Service.

Our campsite at the KOA in Holbrook, AZ.

The famous Tee Pee Motel on Route 66 in Holbrook, Az.
Debbie with petrified trees

A large petrified tree fell over these rocks

Great colors

The base of a tree that they call "Old Faithful."
The Painted Desert Inn
One of the original 1937 wall paintings inside the inn

Layers of different grays, lavender, and brown in the Painted Desert

Reds, greens and browns

Millions of years of deposits and erosion

Nature's beauty
Centuries of layers followed by centuries of water and wind erosion

The remains of Puerco Pueblo

The Kiva at Puerco Pueblo

Ancient drawings left by the Puerco Indians
Say "Hello" to my little friend
Petrified wood that nature's chemicals turned to quartz

Debbie with a head of an ancient giant reptile similar to a crocodile

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