Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Drive to Williams, AZ and the Petrified Forest National Park

We headed out this morning thinking it would be a fairly long day in the car so we wouldn't have time to visit anything. Well...we hadn't realized that The Petrified Forest National Park was along our route. We couldn't pass that up!
Have you ever been there, if you haven't you need to go, it's amazing! 
There is the Painted Desert which is unbelievably beautiful.
The Painted Desert
The petrified logs are over 200,000,000 years old! They are almost pure Quartz at this point and just gorgeous. 
Petrified wood
Petrified wood
Then there is Blue Mesa which is a breathtaking 1 mile hike down to the valley and back from the top of the Mesa. 
Blue Mesa
Blue Mesa
Blue Mesa
The above photos weren't edited in any way. I took them with my iPhone and posted them. The scenery and day were so beautiful I don't think I could have taken a bad photo if I'd tried. 
We finally had to say goodbye to The Petrified Forest National Park and continue on to Williams. 
On the way I called the Red Raven restaurant in Williams and made reservations for dinner. We ate there in October 2013 when we stayed in Williams and were thrilled to eat there again. The food and service are top of the heap and the prices are quite reasonable. My salmon with cilantro pesto, mashed potato and grilled asparagus was $20 dollars. 

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