The Petrified Forest and Painted Desert are located East of Winslow, Arizona. Along the way we stopped in Window Rock, AZ to see this particular geological feature.
|NOTE TWO PEOPLE ON TOP OF THE WINDOW|
|MEMORIAL TO THE NAVAJO CODE TALKERS|
|WINDOW ROCK FORMATION|
The town is in the Southeastern corner of Arizona, and is the home of the Navajo Tribal Government. We were there near the middle of the day, but once again the building of the monsoon clouds added impact to the photographs.
On an overcast day we visited the Petrified Forest. We were staying at La Posada in Winslow and drove East to the Park with the threat of rain outside the car windows. We never had any rain, while Winslow had rain most of the day.
|LA POSADA, DESIGNED AND BUILT BY MARY COLTER|
The weather was very conducive for photography as the overcast eliminated the very harsh shadows one would get on a sunny day. We traveled North from the South entrance stopping along the way at the Giant Logs, Crystal Forest, Jasper Forest, Agate Bridge, and Puerco Pueblo. Agate Bridge is a petrified tree which lies across a small ravine. A small cement bridge has been built underneath it to support it. Puerco Pueblo occupied between 1250 and 1400. There are a number of petroglyphs there as well as a summer solstice site.
|EVEN RAVENS NEED TO DRINK|
|TRIBUTE TO ROUTE 66|
Before we exited the park we also drove through the Painted Desert which is beautiful in its red colors and undulating ground.
This is the end of our tour of Indian Country 2014. We have seen a lot of history, different Indian dwellings, and art. We really enjoyed our adventures and learning more about the culture of the Native Americans. Hope you enjoyed the voyage as well.