Petrified Forest National Park

   We are huge lover of nature and we especially love National Parks. The Petrified Forest National Park is a sight to behold. It really isn't so much a forest of trees, but more a forest of tree fossils.  This Park contains one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood,  badlands of the Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites, and displays of 225 million year old fossils, this is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. We drove and  spent about 3 hours beholding nature's wonders.  We stopped frequently to take photos of the Native American rock art.  There was a sense of spiritual peacefulness in the absence of noise.  Be sure not to pick up petrified wood as it's bad luck according to the legend. Anyone who takes wood from the park will be cursed.  It's also illegal. This is a must to see.  Remember, this is a desert and it can be dry so bring fluids with you.

Address info:
1 Park Rd
Holbrook, AZ 86025
http://www.nps.gov/pefo/index.htm

This petrified wood is mostly from the Late Triassic period, about 225 million years ago. That means some of these trees were around before the time of Dinosaurs.





This petrified wood is mostly from the Late Triassic period, about 225 million years ago. That means some of these trees were around before the time of Dionosuars - See more at: http://www.gonewiththewynns.com/petrified-forest#sthash.v4XY7KdR.dpuf

Laurel Falls Trailhead

   The Laurel Falls Trail is an American hiking trail, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park of Tennessee. We went to this falls mid-afternoon on August 23rd weekend.  The drive into Smoky National Park was very scenic and peaceful. We stopped at Gatlinburg Visitor's Center on the way in to pick up a couple maps. It was a wonderful walk up to the falls, I loved that the trail was paved. There are a few places to go down off the beaten path and explore. It was nice to get outdoors and get some exercise. The falls is beautiful but its a little crowded, but worth it.  Had to wait for other visitors to move to get my pics. But overall loved this natural wonder. Definitely recommend Laurel falls for the nature lover.

Address:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Little River Rd
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Short hike that ends in beautiful reward


Garden of the Gods

   Talk about free fun and a beautiful afternoon with Mother Nature. This is a must-visit spot while in Colorado Springs. The Garden of the Gods is an incredible wonder that is one of Colorado's finest jewels. I have seen plenty of red rocks before. But I couldn't have been more wrong, this place is amazing! The stunning red rocks that just up toward the sky never fails to leave me in awe. There are so many cool things about this park. A sight I'll never forget. Thank you to my hardworking husband for bringing me along to this unforgettable trip!

   If visiting Colorado Springs for the first time, I highly recommend putting Garden of the Gods on your must-see list. The area is quite breathtaking both literally and figuratively, and you will certainly get very good pictures in seeing some of the very best of what nature has to offer.

Ranked #1 of 175 attractions in Colorado Springs
1805 N 30th St Colorado Springs, CO 80904
        Phone number (719) 634-6666

Free Admission
    Business website www.gardenofgods.com

View from the visitor center


Hiking Trails


The amazing Balanced Rock

We drove to Colorado Springs from New Mexico using our Jeep. It was a fun drive so much to see.

Day trip to Tombstone Arizona

  Tombstone is a tourist city but it was more enjoyable than I thought it would be. I could have easily spent an entire day here leisurely learning about the history of the town, the mining, and it's people. Tombstone is perhaps the most famous Western town due to the people who lived there, came there to make their fortune, or to take that fortune from them. Like so many other places in the Old West with violent histories, Tombstone is said to be one of the most haunted in Arizona. 

  We stopped  to Tombstone to check out some stores. We got a shirt made by red dirt shirt and  a little potted cactus.  Both fun souvenirs to bring home.  It was cool walking along the boardwalk, looking around in the stores, and seeing the cowboy people have their gunfight and driving around with their horse and buggies. We wish we could have stayed longer when we visited. The entire town silently screams of haunted Old West ghosts & spirits. You can practically feel the living essence of history and energy around every turn.

 Tombstone is in southeastern Arizona about 65 miles southeast of Tucson. It is 23 miles south of I-10.
Address:
605 E Fremont St
    Tombstone, AZ 85638

The town of Tombstone. Apparently the whole downtown is haunted by screams, cries, etc. Possibly a town with more than its share of domestic disturbances but ghosts?

The "town too tough to die" is filled with history even in its dust.
Authentic 1800 stagecoach tour
History preserved by dedicated residents

There are yet more haunting in Tombstone, such as a ghost who allegedly haunts Room 119 at this old Tombstone Hotel. Sometime in the past, a man evidently hanged himself in the room, and now, guests report hearing voices and witnesses objects moving in the room.

Well made 100% pre-washed cotton shirts with memorable artwork from Tombstone Arizona. The Red Dirt dye will fade. So, be sure to wash it in cold water several times before washing with like colors.
The dirt is a volcanic by product found all over the Hawaii islands and Southwest United States.

Blue Mesa Road Vista

   Let your jaw drop at the Petrified Forest National Park.  Adjacent to the Painted Desert - this is Arizona scenery at its finest. In my opinion, it is breath-taking as the Grand Canyon, and a little less crowded. There are a lot of different stations, but there are three that are especially awesome: (1) Blue Mesa Trail, (2) Newspaper Rock and (3) Crystal Forest.

   On this post I will share my photos from Blue Mesa Road. It is a 15 minute loop road with multiple stopping points for a scenic view. The Blue Mesa Road, which you'll just drive by as you pass through the park, you can pull off to look at them more if you want.  They are mounds of beautifully layered colored rock. We loved this adventure! Driving through the park was quite convenient and everything was so beautiful!

The Tepees : Commonly seen rock formations alongside the main road.





 

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