I've posted about this area in New Mexico where there are petrified logs and large and small fragments of such. But two friends of ours Alan and Sam had never been there and Alan is a geologist by profession and was interested in exploring a bit. This area of the dessert was once a lush forest. Climate change is not a new thing.
The area is not easy to get to. It is a good half hour on secondary dirt roads from the main dirt road where the gate is maintained by the Bureau of Land Management.
This is one of the many areas that Park Ranger hubby has to patrol; mainly doing such chores as checking counters, repairing barbed wire fences and placing new signage as needed. He gets to see interesting areas that most people don't even know about. There is a place where thousands of shark teeth are part of the geologic deposit. And supposedly there's a mastodon skeleton somewhere "out there".
It was a gorgeous late winter day and very comfortable to be out hiking. And best of all: No crowds. Actually we were the only ones there.
|Alan and Sam and Leon in the background|
|The largest petrified log|
|Cute little cactus growing in the rock|
|It was a very bumpy ride in the Ford F250|
|Some other large chunks of petrified wood|
|Alan, Leon, Sam|
I would absolutely love this, bumpy desert ride and all.
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I've seen small pieces of petrified wood (no bigger than an inch or so). Seeing a whole petrified tree trunk would be so awesome! I hope your geologist friend enjoyed the experience!
So you all drove out into the desert to see some morning wood, hard as a rock. Right.
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