Taking advantage of the drive down to spend time with my mother in Arizona, I stopped by for a quick side trip to Petrified Forest National Park. What can I say, the beauty of northern Arizona is stunning, and being there in cool weather was a definite plus for both me and Rae.
It was good to be in the desert again, and I love the southwest, but I was not able to give this park the attention it deserves since I was on my way down to visit my mother, and was too excited about getting to her house, that I rushed through it. I did stop at the visitor’s center and pick up some fun stuff to share with my grandchildren, but mostly I didn’t have the time or attention to do this park justice.
I Love road trips, and I love visiting the national parks and other beautiful places on earth, and will one day revisit this amazing park. But for now, off to see my mother!
What I learned about the park:
This park is famous for being the world’s largest concentration of petrified wood. Each national park is a treasure and I find there is always a really good reason that they were established. Each one has secrets to share with you if you take your time, slow down and let them be revealed. I promise to return to Petrified Forest National Park and slow down, listen and learn her secrets.
What I learned about myself:
Timing is everything, and I mean amount of time, time of year and even your energy level can affect your experience of a park. I love visiting these SW parks in the winter, when it’s cool and sunny. Summer would be a drag for sure, but the beauty of the desert really shines through during the winter months. Also, don’t rush. It was a mistake to think I could fit this park in on my drive down to visit my mom. My mind was just not in the right place to be able to fully enjoy it. I need to make each trip about the park, and be able to slow down and soak them up.
Some thoughts for you:
Find something beautiful to experience today and fully enjoy and appreciate it. The sunrise, sunset, the smiling face of someone you love, your dog. Beauty is all around!