So in this week's
I'll attempt-to-be-wordless-but-I-don't-think-I-can-Wednesday post,
I'm sharing a whole slew of photos we eagerly snapped as we headed east and
home from our cross country trip this summer.
Take a gander at the pictures below....
Unless you spent the past six or so decades on Neptune,
you know exactly where we stopped en route to the iconic national parks,
Painted Desert and Petrified Forest, right?
You don't even have to be an Eagles' fan to know
where-in-the-USA we are here:
The classic route 66 right in front of
the girl, my Lord, in a flat bed Ford.....
........um, no one slowed down to take a look though.....
there was just a bunch of crazy tourists, like us,
snapping away at this statue of, not sure who....
Jackson Brown? Glenn Frey?
Writers of the 70s melody?
Waiting in line for a photo op on a crowded July
Saturday afternoon in 108 degree heat was very convenient, I must say.
Less than an hour later, we arrived at
Again, the heat?
Waiting for this photo to snap in the intense desert windy heat...wow.
The Petrified Forest is known for its fossils, especially
fallen trees that lived in the late Triassic period,
about 225 million years ago.
many small animals are park residents!
Remarkable, isn't it/
Having earned their Jr Ranger badges, here they are getting sworn in!
The Painted Desert is composed of stratified layers of
Siltstone, mudstone and shale of the Triassic Chinle Formation.
Honey, you can put the book down til we get back in the car, at least.....
More than 650 rock art designs,
the largest concentration of the park's petroglyphs,
adorn the boulders that tumbled to rest below the cliffs......
These petroglyphs etched into the rocks,
allow a glimpse of the life and world of the people who farmed the
Puerco River Valley 650 to 2,000 years ago!!
Want to hear what this rock is called??
~ "Newspaper Rock!"
Thank you, friends, for stopping in for a visit and my picture share!!
Other posts in my
Visions of the Southwest series include~~
Journeying Through Time, Digging for Fossils at
UDig Trilobite Quarry in Delta, Utah
( coming soon!)
Riding the Rapids with
Mountain Waters Rafting
I've intermittently been blogging our western trip
for close to two months and still,
there are many more posts to come!
Lots of places to share, yes.....
But the best part is chronicling our adventures here and
re-living it with all of you!
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