Stoned Wood and a Cloudy Canyon

11/30/13

Stoned Wood and a Cloudy Canyon

I woke up in the thick, misty fog of Arizona in Holbrook at the KOA.  I had my propane filled, hopefully for the last time on the trip.  I talked to the KOA manager and he was a bit surprised by the fog, but thought it would burn off by afternoon.  I headed to the Petrified Forest to actually see the stoned wood.  The science behind it is amazing.  The beautiful pieces of petrified wood were concentrated in a few places.  I went to those places and got some photos to try to capture the general area, as well as the beauty of each piece…

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I also talked to a huge Raven for a bit.  It was all puffed out…

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The ranger at Petrified Forest was a little confused by the fog as well.  He told a story of living and working there for 20 years.  Yet, the other night he missed the signs because of the fog and drove 6 miles past his turn.

I headed to Grand Canyon National Park next.  The fog was thick most of the way.  The farther North I went, the more snow there was.  I stopped at a rock shop and was stunned by this guy’s collection of fossils.  Some for sale, others personal collection.  The petrified wood was done in some beautiful forms and I wish I could have bought it all.  Nonetheless I bought a tiny souvenir.  I drove a little bit more on Route 66 and found this…

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By the time I reached the park the fog was so thick that everyone had their emergency flashers on and drove very slow.  I found it quite comical.  As I went to the first view at the watchtower, a place I had been before, I laughed and took pictures because the “Grand View” was white.  I moved on to the village to find a camping site. There was one patch of blue sky that I drove through. I got my site and went back to the blue sky.  It was amazing how much the canyon looked like some mythical bottomless pit….Does it end?

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I saw some elk grazing and almost hit one on the way back to my site. 

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I went to the general store for some provisions.The cashier was a local and amazed by this fog, calling it a “trip.”  So this tells me it doesn’t happen often.  I got back to my site to make some food and try to stay warm.  The nighttime low is around 20 degrees. Good thing I filled up on my propane so I can run the heater.

I went to bed looking forward to a better view tomorrow…I hoped.

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