Anne & Tom's Southwest Adventure travel blog

Entering the park

Anne and the Painted Desert

What color!

Mormon Tea Bush

It is painted!



We took a nice hike

The tepees


Along the road in the park

Petrified wood

It's really rock

Agate Bridge


A lone flower

More petrified wood

A long log

Little pieces


Camped at Fool Hollow

Another Chinook was there!

We took a "Day Off."

The lake had quite a wind on it

The gusts were over 50mph



Tuesday was spent getting to and touring the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest in Arizona. Very desert and very beautiful. We headed south towards Show Low to camp for the night in a lovely state park (with full hook-ups) called Fools Gap. There was another Chinook (1995 model) there and we had a good time comparing notes with the owners. We are taking a day off today and staying put for two nights. There is a lake on which we considered kayaking but today (Wednesday), there is a high wind warning with gusts above 50 mph, and the lake has big whitecaps on it - even walking around can be difficult! The sun is out, temperature is in the 60s, a front is coming through, and there may be a bit of snow here at 6000' tonight. We are pretty well protected in our site by tall ponderosa pines - it is quite beautiful, and the birds are spectacular.

We had hoped to drive along the Rim Road, the unpaved Forest Service road that runs along the Mogollon Rim which is the high edge of the Colorado Plateau. We had "planned" on doing this for years, but the forest ranger said that there are still snowdrifts on that road and very muddy yet. We will do what we can tomorrow on the more main road and hope we get to see enough.

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