Archive for November, 2012

Petrified Forest National Park, AZ

Near Holbrook AZ, we found Petrified Forest National Park. We started at the Painted Desert (north) side, with lots of overlooks into multicolored desert vistas. The park road then winds south, over I-40, into a massive area just covered with logs of brightly-colored petrified wood.  Long logs, broken into slabs, still in line like a ship’s mast. Mounds of petrified wood rocks.  Fields just scattered with hundreds of stumps of petrified wood. Last summer we were impressed by Utah’s Petrified Forest State Park, which had maybe 20 big chunks of petrified wood, and a long climb to see a few. In the National Park, you drive to a parking lot and walk a dozen steps to view a sea of petrified wood. Plus the Rainbow Forest Museum. Amazing.

San Francisco Range, AZ

colors on the road

Petrified Forest National Park

painted desert

more colors




Agate Bridge (shored up by cement in the 50s)

petrified log

in the forest

more moon


blue teepee


balancing log




Leave a comment »

Garden of the Gods to Angel Fire to Albuquerque

Left Boulder and headed down to Angel Fire, NM.  Stopped outside Colorado Springs to visit Garden of the Gods, a drive and walk through red rock formations jutting out of the “normal” Colorado green, rocky, hilly landscape, like giant jagged red legos dropped from space. Took a morning stroll in Angel Fire, overlooking Wheeler Peak, highest point in the state. Thanksgiving with family & friends, then on to Albuquerque, where we rode the Sandia Peak tram up to the top and hiked around a bit, enjoying the views of the city below. The boys hiked over to the stone Kiwanis Cabin, built by one of the first men developing the top of the peak. Then back in time to Petroglyphs National Monument, with ancient Puebloan rock carvings – animals, birds, humans, spirals, yucca seed pods. Then celebrated Adam & Alicia’s wedding at an open house with mariachi and mega food.

Leave a comment »

Boulder, CO – November 2012

Drove from Denver to Boulder, CO.  Drove up along Boulder Creek, starting to ice over. Then on up to Estes Park, where we saw the Stanley Hotel, which inspired Steven King’s The Shining.  From Estes, headed to Rocky Mountain National Park.  Trail Ridge Road is closed for the winter, but we were able to drive to a few spots with amazing views. Then headed up to Bear Lake and the trails up and up to Nymph Lake then Dream Lake.  Peaceful except for one angry man yelling at another visitor to “show respect.” What? Here? He should hush and respect the atmosphere!  Fewer hikers as we headed higher. Thin air, huffing and puffing, but every few steps brings a new angle, a new sight. Got a hug and a “thanks for bringing me” from #1 son. View upon view. Majestic. Miraculous. “How can you settle for hikes in Sharon after seeing places like this?” And before it turned dark, we headed back down. On the road back into Estes, a parting gift from the Park – an elk, grazing by the side of the road.

Comments (1) »