We had an incredible day here in Arizona. Petrefied Forest National Park did not disappoint. It's easy to see why they call this The Painted Desert.
This area is called Blue Mesa.
Petrefied wood was everywhere. It looks so odd laying there in the middle of the desert. The trees were brought up from tropical areas near the equator by the continental drift. As mineral deposits penetrated the wood they hardened. The wood rotted away the mineral deposits were left in the form of the logs. Nowhere are they more colorful than here in Arizona.
Newspaper Rock has an extensive collection of ancient petroglyphs. Some of the symbols date back as far as 2000 years.
The Painted Desert Inn was a surprise. It was originally built in 1919. It eventually fell into disrepair. In the 30s, the Civilian Conservation Corp was commissioned to restore it. The project was part of Roosevelt's plan to get people working again.
When I return home, I'll do a more in depth post about the Inn. Tomorrow, we are headed to New Mexico again. We'll be spending our last three days exploring Sante Fe. If I can get a connection there, I'll try to do one more post before we begin the trip home. I hope you are all well.
Until next time,