Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Visions of the Southwest~ Gettin' our Kicks & Standin' on a Corner You-Know-Where, Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Parks, Arizona ~ WW

Welcome friends!
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....., 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 
                                        More than 13,000 years of human history and culture 
                                    are represented at Petrified Forest National Park.
                            From prehistoric peoples to early explorers, 
                       from the Civilian Conservation Corps to 
Historic Route 66, 
         the park has many stories to tell. 
For you geology fans out there,
                         a ton of info can be obtained at the National Park Service site
                on the Chinle  formation during the late Triassic Epoch
and the subsequent beauty we now see in 
these world famous Arizona  parks.

 Again, the heat?
Waiting for this photo to snap in the intense desert windy

 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.
Gorgeous, no?

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!"
Awseome, right?

Thank you, friends, for stopping in for a visit and my picture share!!

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!

 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
here at my home on the web!

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  1. Such great pictures Chris and memories, I'm sure! Wow! What a huge blessing to be able to take such a wonderful, long trip! I would love to go out West with my family, but who knows when that will happen?!? For now I'll just enjoy traveling there via your blog posts! :) Thanks for sharing your blessed moments!

    1. Well, thank so much, Tracy, for stopping by!! You never know, it could be soon that you and the clan get Out West!

      I do enjoy your visits, though!

  2. It looks like you had a really nice visit. I would enjoy going there! Nice photos - and thank you for sharing at

  3. Very nice. I need to go on Route 66. I was on it a little bit on Saturday.

    Great photos.

  4. Have always wanted to do Route 66 - will have to add to my bucket list! joining from Wordless Wednesday. Stop by my blog at


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