USA Roadtrip – Petrified Forest

In the American National Parks Family, I pick this time the Petrified Forest, right outside Holbrook. Definitely the most desert like I have been through so far, you will struggle to find any shade at all through the day. Difficult to believe this valley used to be a gigantic forest. Only petrified wood is left, moved around by torrential rains, left suspended on the side of a hill sometimes. You will see them everywhere, rarely an entire trunk, fragmenting away, most often slices on which lichen draws geometrical lines. Some still contain crystals glistening under the sun. Such an impressive quantity… and yet, before being protected, a lot was destroyed, stolen, dynamited away…

The surrounding blue mesas prove the best geological lesson too so do go and wander around there. Each strata represents an era, each eroding at a different pace, gravel, clay drying in an elephant pattern. There are petroglyphs too, more than 600, to be observed through binoculars. How many stories could these stones tell? Further on, a lone line of poles profiles an abandoned part of Route 66, whispers of the past, ghost like. No time to feel nostalgic though, as the horizon will soon be filled by the amazing red of Painted Desert…

Petrified Forest

The rest of this USA roadtrip this way!

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6 Responses to “USA Roadtrip – Petrified Forest”

  • Sylvie says:

    c’est impressionnant

  • Xtinette says:

    Superbe ! Je n’avais pas visité ce coin-là… Juste le Grand Canyon… Enjoy!

  • Chocoralie says:

    Imaginer ce terrain désertique couvert de forêt est le plus saisissant pour moi, j’avoue…

  • Chocoralie says:

    Je n’avais pas réalisé à quel point la liste de parcs nationaux est riche ici, je t’avoue!

  • encore un que j’ai déjà fait aussi .. on était descendu nous promener.. c’est toujours aussi beau ..

  • Chocoralie says:

    Oui, admirable endroit, figé. Et pourtant, les mesas s’érodentà chaque saison des pluies… Je suis moi aussi descendue me promener sur la plupart des points, les paysages géologiques sont uniques!

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