Verde Valley Thousand Trails -> Petrified Forest 171 miles or 2.25 hours A friendly game of basketball is fun and all, but we want to do a little more sightseeing here in Arizona. We thought about rigging up the RV and heading out to see media crater (OOPs! Freudian slip. My mind drifted to the another crater at 620 8th Ave New York, NY), what we were thinking about was the meteor crater in Meteor City, AZ. and the petrified forest. After some careful thought, we added the cost of taking the RV to Winslow and staying there a week before our next planned stop up north. The meteor crater RV park was going set us back $200.00 plus about $100 in RV fuel plus. That is before admission to parks. Too expensive for our group! That, is why we flat tow an economy car.
With the pedal to the metal we are safely leaving flagstaff in our rear view mirror! Cool view of San Francisco peak too.
We stopped at a rest area and found this sign.
So we hunted the area trying to find these dangerous critters, but we must have a pungent odor as it seems all the critters were in hiding.
On the road again, approaching Meteor City.
Does not look like much!
We take a Route 66 diversion into Winslow, AZ
Not looking like much
Too short of cash to maintain the businesses
Deferred maintenance must be the end game here
Ron Paul and the hippie movement, somehow I missed that connection
Headed into down town the famous Eagle song “Standing on the Coroner” put this town back on the map. Kind of….
On the road again burning the tar as we cross the “Little Colorado River”
Now this is as American made as gets. (Providing they pay attention to truth and advertising.)
Finally two hours out of Cottonwood, Az. We are almost there!
Four miles down the freeway we take the Holbrook exit
Whoa! wait just one doggone minute! Isn’t this the cozy cone hotel from Cars? When you drive in front of this place, imagine the Tee Pee’s as pylons. The graphics artist in “cars”, did not miss a single detail.
I did not see these in “cars”, but they are everywhere along route 66. The Dinosaur manufacturer must have been turning these out by the train load in 1950.
That last sign to the park, was kind of misleading. It is another 18 miles of driving
Said National Park, are we there yet? Athena says no! and stop asking. We did make the turn that said petrified forest, but these guys are just street corner scammers trying to get you to pay money for rocks.
Here it is, little less fanciful than the rock museum behind us, but legit
This log, is petrified, which means its wood cells were replaced with silica. Now the log is made out of rock hard glass, and has no wood in it. Ground rules for this park. 1. do not step off the pavement at any time or get a $75.00 fine. 2. Take anything with you that you did not bring, go to jail. So keeping those rules in mind, I did not buy anything at the gift shop.
The park if you did not go to it before 1960, is really awesome. Otherwise you be very disappointed as most of the petrified wood that was there before then, has been cannibalized. It now illegal to do all the things you got to do back then, such as sitting on the petrified bridge.
This one reminds us of a drip cable that has been cut in half.
I was planning to read this here plaque, but I was too cheap to pay the required fare.
There are millions of these to look at.
The park is huge, we did not plan for its size, when we decided to take the trip. One could easily spend 6 hours here.
Cool mountain in the sand
We are going to the petroglyphs. (Screwy looking scratches in rock that might mean something.)
The Sentry stopped us on the way in, demanding payment for passage. The sign said Feed a bird go to jail. No idea what we should do now. I love older women, at least right now anyway. An old lady walked up to the bird and gave him a bunch of dog food. The bird looked as though he had hit the lottery jackpot. We were granted access. We are thinking, he used his feat to carve the petrogyphs!
We could not see the petroglyphs. You needed binoculars.
We were worried this stop would be off-limits when we saw the fire truck. This stop has the petrified bridge. No worries though it turns out this guy is a full-time flat land tourist like us, only he driving a fire truck instead of an RV. His mission is to get everyone to buy American made products. Lets just strip most of the regulatory red tape that business has to deal with, make it easy for business to build, and employ without fear of fines and law suites, then tariff imports from China and Malaysia and wherever by 9000%. Government will payoff the national debt in a week, and a year from now everything will be made in America. Maybe that is a bit too radical for a non-union conservative like my self, but we do need to bring our jobs home somehow. I am tired of watching my wife having to bid under a $1.00 and hour for contract work because she is competing with the entire world for IT jobs here in the USA. visit the -> Fire Truck Tour Fire Truck Tour” width=”650″ height=”487″>
The bridge that is famous in all the Petrified forest post cards depicting the people sitting on it and having a great time. Polishing the petrified bridge with your jeans has a negative impact on the look of the log’s natural decaying condition. Sitting on the log is now forbidden by law. The log will eventually be allowed to be overcome by erosion from the weather and fall into the gully, as they do not want to disturb the natural habitat of this park. They must be smoking some really good stuff in the meetings where they come up with these ideas.
Finally ancient writing we can see! If we use the zoom on the camera.
Sarah found evidence that who ever carved these images was here when NASA faked the moon landing. There is a spaceman carved in the rock.
found a fossilized car! On the other side is a bench that the wind and the rain carved out over time. I needed a bench, evolution is so good to me.
I wonder if this car will fossilize into a pueblo. I could sure use a pueblo about now
This sign and the car parts I listed above are found in the Petrified forest national park. This monument to the old route 66 where one would have turned into the national park.
Whats left of the old , and way off in the distance the cause of death. As a selfish traveler, I love the interstate, but when I see the damage to rural America, it is sobering. If you saw Obama’s America and their depiction of what the USA would look like if Obama got complete control, these towns don’t have far to go
We arrive at the painted desert which is part of the Petrified Forest National Park. If you have a choice come here on a sunny day the colors will be worth the effort. We were not so lucky, we had cloud cover that kept it subdued all day.
The painted hills in John Day, Oregon have nothing over this place
This is an old inn that was built out of Petrified logs. Later on the CCC knocked it 99% down under a remodel grant. They rebuilt it as a pueblo style inn and café. Eventually the forest service got it, and it is just a building with some cool art and no food.
They wanted to show us that time grayed the chairs, by restoring the one on the right. I need to dye my hair too.
Some famous Indian artist made this and stuck it to the wall. I forgot his name.
I found it! They have chocolate sundaes for only 20 Cents! At that price I can afford to eat ice cream until it start leaking out of me! The ranger lady heard my excitement and joined me in the cafe, and lamented days gone by. She then asked me if I had noticed the how the grocery prices were skyrocketing. I said yes, they are going up, just like the price of fuel. She then proceeded to tell me, that global warming due to fossil fuels caused the mid west to dry up, and now there is no more food being grown in the mid west. I told her I drove to the Midwest, yes there were some badly damaged crops from drought, but all the crops I saw, were corn grown for the purpose of making ethanol. She said there is little food left in the world, and we are expecting a famine in the USA this spring. (I read that on CNN last December myself. Sounded far-fetched to me.) She told me we all need to plant vegetable gardens. I told her that would be difficult for a drifter like me. Then she told me how to grow tomatoes in my cargo bay of the RV. Sounded intriguing for certain, but at $1.00 per pound for really good tomatoes in the grocery store; Hardly seems worth the effort. I told her when food crops started paying better than the tax credit for turning the food into fuel, there will be plenty to eat. She somehow is still convinced a famine is coming; and her conviction was worrying me.
All that talk about food was making us really hungry, so we drove back the Denny’s in Holbrook. Our server came to the table with a list of food items they did not have that would dwarfed this article. Now, I was getting worried. Did I miss something in the news? Is the fact that I don’t watch television catching up with me? Did the famine start while I was sleeping last night? Fortunately we did not have any desire for the missing food items and we were able to order supper.
The day is concluded perfectly with Athena and I each getting a prime rib omelette Sarah a waffle, Holly some old carrots slimy lettuce and wilted broccoli. If she had been herbivorous someone would have died, but she was not and we got her the good old stand by; chicken strips and fries. After diner Athena and the girls went to the bathroom while I paid the bill. I asked the server why they were out of so much food. She told me that they get their shipments once per week, and rarely get through a week without running out of food inventory. To think I almost bought that famine speech! Have a good evening and a good night…
A friendly game of basketball is fun and all, but we want to do a little more sightseeing here in Arizona. We thought about rigging up the RV and heading out to see media crater (OOPs! Freudian slip. My mind drifted to the another crater at 620 8th Ave New York, NY), what we were thinking about was the meteor crater in Meteor City, AZ. and the petrified forest. After some careful thought, we added the cost of taking the RV to Winslow and staying there a week before our next planned stop up north. The meteor crater RV park was going set us back $200.00 plus about $100 in RV fuel plus. That is before admission to parks. Too expensive for our group! That, is why we flat tow an economy car. 171 miles from Verde Valley Thousand Trails