Again, we decided to stop here as it was on the way to New Mexico. It is right off of Interstate 40 (which essentially replaced Route 66, more on that later) Not sure on exact timeframes this forest existed, the National Park Service says 217 Million years ago, some wacko from New Jersey says that is impossible as Jesus created earth 6,000 years ago (she even stated the section in the bible, “Genesis 1”) We are in no way religious people, but to turn wood to stone in 6,000 years does not seem possible. Anyway, after the sermon at the viewpoint from the Wacko, we moved on to other areas.  So, 200 ish Million years ago there was a large forest and a large river, the river carried dead / fallen trees to the Arizona / New Mexico area and the trees were quickly buried in sand etc. Then volcanic eruptions took place and the ash reacted with the silica and formed a quartz like material. There is a scale of 0-10 they use to grade how hard rocks are. Sandstone would be a 1 or 2, diamonds are a 10, the petrified wood is an 8. so these are pretty hard rocks. It was getting very technical and I had to remind myself “no work for one year”. So I may have mixed it up, but you get the point. These are ancient trees now turned into rock.

Route 66- Petrified Forest Nat. Park contains the remains of the old Route 66 (and also the new I-40). There are old electrical poles that mark where Route 66 used to be. This section of Route 66 was dismantled around 1954, but they left the electrical poles. Some time later they must have switched the wiring to newer poles, but chose to leave the old ones. These poles ran parallel to Route 66. Also a cool old car nearby. Bonus points for anyone who knows the make and year. Leave your guess in the comments.

polished petrified wood

polished petrified wood

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217 Million year old petrified log

217 Million year old petrified log

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old Route 66 poles

old Route 66 poles

Bonus points!!!

Bonus points!!!