Painted Desert & Petrified Forest

Trip Start Aug 13, 2007
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Trip End Nov 12, 2007


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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Wednesday, October 3, 2007

We drove to Ganado, AZ this morning to Hubbell's Trading Post http://www.nps.gov/archive/hutr/hubbell.htm which has been operating as a general store/Native American craft store since the late 1800's. The Trading Post has now been taken over by the National Park Service and the store itself is pretty much the way it was in the 1800's; original floors and shop counters, a trip back in time. There were some amazing Navajo crafts there, including beautiful woven Navajo blankets, hand painted pottery, Kachina dolls & woven baskets. Prices for a 30cm square blanket started at $300 blanket and the baskets that I saw were around $1500, so needless to say we didn't buy anything, but we definitely admired it. Then through more desert scenery until we turned off at the Painted Desert & Petrified Forest National Park http://www.nps.gov/pefo/
The Painted Desert was just stunning, you couldn't believe that the colours(pinks/browns/rust/plums/lilacs) were real. We saw some more ancient Pueblo ruins, and also some fascinating Petroglyphs - rock art done by Native American's in 1250 AD. We also had a good look at the huge chunks of petrified wood around the park, some pretty colours in the wood too. We are staying the night at the KOA Holbrook http://www.koa.com/where/az/03103/ stil in Arizona. Holbrook is a kitschy little town that used to be big when Route 66 was in its heyday.
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