This will be a quick post, but I figured I hadn’t posted anything in a while and it looks like I spent the rest of my trip at the Grand Canyon, which is not true. :)
On my way to Albuquerque I decided to swing by the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert National Park. I’m really glad I did. There isn’t much to say about it, but it was lovely and here are some pictures.
This is what the “forest” looks like. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but…
the petrified wood is REALLY gorgeous on closeup!
Here’s me in front of the biggest trunk. It’s pretty big. :)
Then I drove north towards I40 and there were some beautiful rock structures. This picture doesn’t do the purple color justice. I think this formation is called “The Tipis.”
Later I went to the “News Paper Rocks” which are covered in petroglyphs and then I went to a Native American ruin that had more of them. They are so cool!
This next one is my favorite. In the middle you can clearly see an ibis eating a frog. SO COOL!!!
Then I went through the Painted Desert, which was beautiful.
It took about 2 hours to get through, but it was completely worth the detour. Really lovely! Then I headed east to Albuquerque!