Last night on our virtual pre-tour of our impending trip next June, we car-camped near Silver City, New Mexico, and today we crossed the continental divide running through the Gila National Forest and Wilderness area and bumped our way through the central desert basin of Arizona and arrived at Stop #5 – the Petrified Forest National Park in the midst of the Painted Desert.
Reflecting on our trip in the midst of political controversy, pandemic instability, and economic uncertainty, I have come to realize what a great country we live in. We are free to travel, choose our daily activities, eat where we want, and just be ourselves and that’s great! Let’s get back to these old trees. None are standing and all are in pieces – truck, bark, and interior “fossiled” by mineral intrusion into exact tree form but so many colors!
Leaving the woody looking rocks behind, we study the absolutely clear night sky and begin planning our next day’s adventure to the Grand Canyon!