Petrified

When I was a kid my grandmother and uncle took a trip out west in my grandmother’s VW bug. I remember stories about their going to the petrified forest, so I went. It’s pretty wild. A bunch of trees got turned into rocks, then the sandy soil around them got washed away, leaving all of these tree-like rocks all over the place.

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It’s pretty cool that these whole trees are just sitting out there after many thousands of years.

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The word is that the park loses something like a ton (that is, 2000 pounds) of rock every month. The fact that all these rocks are just sitting out makes it pretty tempting to want to take some home. I did not take this rock. I took a picture.

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Outside the park you can buy petrified rocks. Or you might, if the people selling them were there. I was tempted to grab a couple from the piles that they had sitting out, but honesty prevailed.

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They had piles of the stuff.

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Route 66 is a very special thing to lots of people. Lots of it is pretty sad as it comprises a bunch of stuff that is old, decrepit, and shut down. Here is a picture of Walden and an old car that somehow symbolizes the magic of Route 66.

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I got a bunch more Petrified Forest pics. They’re pretty cool.

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