Thursday, June 24, 2010

That's a lot of wood

We were going to hit the Petrified Forest as a sidenote on our way to Sedona, but it turned into an all-afternoon affair. There is SO much to see, although it's strange because you drive your car from sight to sight (since it's 28 miles long), so it ends up feeling a little touristy. Anywho, there's a lot of wood there folks.

Somewhere, a park ranger is loading his gun.

I guess a volcano destroyed this forest a reallyyyyyyyy long time ago and as the ground has eroded, it's revealed these random logs in the middle of the desert. Brian and I contemplated how much more geologic information to put on here, and for the sake of keeping you awake, I'll leave it at that.

A bunch of mountains called the Teepees. 
Basically look like neopolitan ice cream sandwiches (+99 degrees).

We left with some questions, like ... why are there only 4 logs over here and then one complete tree all the way over there? If it was a forest, wouldn't these logs be everywhere? Why is the wood crystalized? Do geodes come from this wood? Why are the ravens the size of small cattle around here? Etc etc. Strange little place. Probably the most interesting part was the petroglyphs on the side of a rock, left by some sort of native culture (again, vague with the details here). Definitely worth a drive through, though!

Roughly the size of a donkey. What are they feeding them up here??

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