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Painted Desert and Petrified Forest

July 28

We zoomed through here in 1984 with the pop-up in tow, so getting to take our time today was a treat! We started in the Visitors' Center and watched the video. Then we started up the road seeing the beautiful Painted Desert and Painted Desert Inn. The inn was originally made from petrified wood pieces, but was made into a pueblo-style by the Conservation Corps. It was a real hot spot in the hayday of Route 66. The murals and decor were interesting.
The park road goes over I-40 into the portion with the Petrified Forest, pueblo ruins, and petroglyphs. There were 200 or so people living in the ancient pueblo dwellings at one time. Over 650 petroglyphs are at Newspaper Rock. They tell the stories of the ancients and just fascinate me!
Of course, seeing all the petrified trees was a treat, too. Our campground has quite a few, too! Pres. Roosevelt made this a national park at the urging of locals because so much of the petrified wood was being taken out of the area. They still have a problem with theft.
When we got back to Holbrook, we went to the oldest Dairy Queen I have ever seen. Hayden has been asking for a Blizzard for quite a while. We also ate lunch there. Then we went to Jim Gray's Petrified Wood Company for a half pound of petrified wood (with a coupon). If you go over, it is $2 a pound. Hayden picked out a beautiful piece that ended up costing 40 cents. Not too bad! LOL! A storm was rolling in, so we headed back to the camper.
Tomorrow we head for two nights in Albuquerque.

Posted by KayHorton 15:07

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