Thursday, June 7, 2012
Petrified Forest Trail
I saw some pieces of petrified wood on yesterdays hike but just small pieces. On this hike there are two forests of petrified stumps like this one.
And the mud is super slippery on the rocks.
This hike is in a different portion of the park and the hills have a lot more tree and vegetation.
As we walk across a long expanse of grass we can see some lightning and heavy rain off in the distance.
This one was nicely growing on the ground.
A little more rain came as we crossed another long grassy stretch. The wind seemed like it would be blowing the clouds away from us but they kept getting closer.
Eventually the rain slows down a bit.
If you look on the right in this picture you can see the trail going down a grey ridge. Except that it is thin super slippery mud and if you fell off to the right you would slide and slam into rocks and stumps. So we end up going down a different way, partially sliding on our asses which get very muddy.
They are old cypress trees from millions of years ago when there was a sea here. Stumps are left behind as the softer mud and rock is washed away.
This also happens with other harder rocks leaving lots of tables and other formations.
We hikes about 11 miles and headed back to the campground to cleanup.
Pie and Ice cream was in order after that. They had fresh pies at the same place we got ice cream yesterday, they seem very happy to have some business. The business owners are eagerly awaiting the tourist season.
Tomorrow is back to driving and we will be crossing into Canada again. So probably will be a little while till I can update more posts. We are rendezvousing with my brother in Edmonton sometime in the next 3 or 4 days. Along the way I am not sure we will be doing more than single nights (Canadian Walmart here we come!). After 2 days of hikes my feed will thank me for a day or two off.