The petrified Forrest shares a home with fossils from the Triassic period, colorful badlands and Native American relics. The badlands terrain has unique characteristics that distinguish them from the northern badlands we visited in August. The major differences are the color and shape. There were numerous hills striped in purple, blue, green and red. The overcast day make the photos less stunning than what we were able to see. Many of the hills were topped with a harder rock layer which crumbled as the lower levels eroded. Brent’s favorite were the hillsides with petrified logs sticking out if them.
We toured the ruins of a 100 room Pueblo village. Very little is left after so much time. There were many boulders with petroglyphs. A notable figure was this one:
We ended our day touring the Canyon De Chelley (pronounced d-shay). Snowy weather made viewing tedious but the canyon is breathtaking. The sandstone walls can resemble burl wood. The ruins in the canyon ledges are almost an afterthought. Although the weather is cool it increased the beauty. The canyon floors was peppered with cottonwood trees with leaves of the brightest yellow. One of the children said, “I’m going to remember this the rest of my life”
This entire area (the northeast quarter of Arizona) is considered the Navajo Nation. During our time here, we will be exposed to native traditions and culture. Local radio even plays Native chants/songs which mesmerized Brent as we drove today. He’s going to download one and add it to his workout playlist.