Petrified Forest

March 26, 2007

We’ll drive, we’ll stop, we’ll walk a little. We’ll drive, we’ll stop, we’ll walk a little. We’ll drive, we’ll stop, we’ll walk a little. This is how to explain tediously driving around a National Park to a 4-year old. Make it into a pattern.

OK, that really didn’t work either. But Declan found his own way to enjoy the Painted Desert & Petrified Forest: he drew it (see below).

And he thought the trees that were so old that they turned into stones were way cool too.

I spend most of the day on my belly and got some of the most amazing photos of the stones, the crystals, the landscape… and of course, the boys. I took literally hundreds of photos. Wait till you see them all.

The weather was wonderful and I changed into shorts by the end of the day. A minor miracle considering what lay ahead of us at the Grand Canyon.

We headed west in the late afternoon and kept slipping in and out of Route 66. Bryan and I had some very interesting conversations while Declan was sleeping about: progress, how Route 40 changed the landscape of the Southwest, and how people are again interested in the nostalgia the Mother Road. It was also a little appalling to see all the Vegas-style casinos popping up along Route 40, not only because they are gigantic and garish next to the small Native American jewelry stands – but they are also calling themselves “Route 66 Casino” when they are actually on Route 40 (you know, the road that killed Route 66). And we got a whole different perspective when our son woke up, looked around and yelled, “Hey! It’s Radiator Springs!


Highlights from Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona:

This article has 7 comments

  1. nobaddays

    Aw! What great pictures. Looks like you’re having a grand time. Especially like the one of Declan on the rock.

  2. Oh, The Joys

    Those are GREAT photos.

    Did you… you know, see any Park Rangers? Heh.

  3. doodaddy

    You’re giving him a great experience.

    But be honest… did you brush his hair right before that picture with his hat off?

    Be doubly honest… did you say “This one’s for the blog?”

    ;), Dd.

  4. g-man

    Wow a Mutant Ninja Turtle fossil. So rare. I’m sure our girls would have the same Radiator Springs epiphany. 🙂

  5. Anonymous

    Also, awesome pics!!! I feel like I am on vacation with you!

  6. aimee / greeblemonkey

    G-man, isn’t that so RARE? We were shocked.

  7. joansy

    Wow – that place looks great. I think we’re going to have to check it out this summer.

    Welcome home!

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