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2016 - Petrified Forest National Park, Petrified Forest, AZ

During a recent winter adventure to Albuquerque, NM, I joined a pair of good friends and took a three hour detour into Arizona to visit the Petrified Forest National Park. Our group started off by running the northern loop of the park. While the views were grand and breathtaking, I was momentarily disappointed as our group had to struggle to find even the smallest chunk of petrified wood. It wasn't until we visited the southern end of the park did we discover the namesake of this truly fascinating area. The petrified wood was plentiful, the stone logs numbered into the thousands. Even the soil of the desert floor was composed primarily of petrified wood not unlike beach sand being composed of shells. You can only truly appreciate the colors of the stone glistening in the sunshine by visiting in person.

Enjoy the photographs (click thumbnails for larger view)..

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