Wigwam Motel and Petrified Forrest

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thursday, April 21st

We woke up this morning in Holbrook, AZ and after eating cereal for breakfast set out to see the Grand Canyon with a few stops along the way of course. First we stopped at the Wigwam Motel, a motel made of cement wigwams.  When we first arrived we thought it was strictly a tourist attraction with old cars parked out front of the wigwams, so we went into a wigwam because the door was wide open.  It took us a little while before we realized that they were actually rooms you could still rent out and the only reason the door was open was because the cleaning crew was cleaning rooms.  We scurried out rather quickly and that was a good thing, because next thing you know someone was there who actually belonged in that room.  We then continued on to the Petrified Forrest. Long story short, millions of years ago this area was wet lands with giant forests and dinosaurs.  Over time the climate changed and the trees fell and mud and soot and volcanic ash buried the trees and bones of dinosaurs and such.  While the climate continued to change these things became "fossilized" and mineral deposits laid down in the wood of the trees.  These mineral deposits caused the wood to become hard and colorful and you could walk through trails and look at the leftover of the trees.  Now when we heard Petrified Forest, and you can imagine, we envisioned a forest of standing trees that had become fossilized.  Shannon said she personally saw the trees from the Wizard of Oz who threw apples at Dorothy, and thought it would be scary.  It was not.  But it was still kind of cool and Jared got a piece for free so you can all see it when we return from our journey. 
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