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Petrified Forest National Park

Go for the Fossils. Stay for the Scenery.

Petrified Forest National Park

Of all the places we’ve visited in our more than two years of continuous travel, Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park has to be the most under-sold. We arrived there expecting to see 225 million year old wood. What we found were some of the most magnificent badland vistas of our trip.

That’s not to say Petrified Forest doesn’t live up to its namesake, too. It does. The place is lousy with fossilized trees. And unlike other fossils, these aren’t impressions of once living creatures in stone. These once living organisms are stone.

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Photo of the Day: Butterfly

Yellow Butterfly on Flower

Yellow butterfly along a trail at Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona

Chiricahua National Monument

Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona

Apache Indians called the area that is now Chiricahua National Monument “the land of standing up rocks.” Much later, European settlers called it “a wonderland of rocks.” We simply called it awesome.

In this remote area of Southeastern Arizona, columns of volcanic rock seemingly grow hundreds of feet in height, in fields that stretch as far as the eye can see. Upon seeing it for the first time, Shannon and I both thought of Colorado’s Garden of the Gods, only dressed in green. But the comparison is somewhat tenuous. Where Garden of the Gods is finely manicured, petite and photogenic, Chiricahua is rough, ruggedly handsome and massive.

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Warner Brothers Morning Guests

After a spectacular sunset, we awoke to our favorite Warner Brothers cartoon. The Road Runner stayed for some breakfast seed.

Road Runner

But Bugs Bunny, seeming distraught at having made a wrong turn in Albuquerque, didn’t linger.

Photo of the Day: Sunset on Wilcox, AZ

Sunset on Wilcox, AZ

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