A September 1999 trip
to Winslow by Rick
Quote: Petrified Forest is a magnificant stretch of land, full of scenic beauty and paleontlogical wonder. The park features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified (fossilized) wood.
The most amazing thing about the petrified logs is that, on the outside, the fossilized bark still very much resembles bark. It's hard not to test the hardness of the material by tracing your fingernail over the surface. In vain, I can tell you, it does not leave a single mark. The inside of the logs however, are quite another story. It's coloured brightly in many different hues, and resembles polished marble or other kinds of cristalline materials.
Newspaper Rock. Delicate petroglyphs, left by Anasazi Indians.
"One little piece of rock, what harm can it do if I take it with me?"
Devastation is defined by numbers. Two million visitors taking a little piece of petrified wood leaves the park empty.
I will not let three particular sites within the park go unmentioned:
Tiponi Point, overlooking the Painted Desert. More remarkable are the small dunes' made of red rock on the foreground.
Blue Mesa. At this point it demands a minor walk of a mere three miles an alien landscape. Minute white, call them mole-hills, clay dunes. We were walking among these hills surrounded by the most beautiful petrified logs. Very
often, the longer logs (measuring twenty feet or more) were broken straight chunks in leaving very straight cuts. They appeared to have been recently sawn into pieces by some crazy chainsaw wielding lumberjack.
Newspaper Rock. We walked towards the railing placed there to keep our greedy, inquisitive probing hands from touching the delicate petroglyphs. They were left there by Anasazi Indians. About ten - twenty feet below were two huge boulders covered with them. Well, the binoculars for the convenience of the visitor helped a lot in making them out. Until present day, nobody knows the meaning of these petroglyphs scattering the landscape of Arizona.