Petrified tree

Stopping at Love’s truck stop in Joseph City, Arizona, for fuel in our pickup, I saw two logs they had on display in a nearby field.



Seeing them from a distance they are not very exciting. Upon closer inspection the uniqueness of these logs show themselves.

The bark texture and coloring remain.


The growth rings are still evident, although you can see they have become rock crystals.



Where wood once was, now it is solid rock.



The Petrified Forest is home to acres and acres of crystalized trees. Full trees lie on the ground where they fell. Broken into varying lengths by the hardening process they went through but full trees nonetheless.

Pieces of these trees are sold daily in shops from Joseph City to Holbrook in Arizona and several places throughout the desert southwest.

You can learn all about these trees at this website The Petrified Forest
and this one Petrified Forest National Park.

We will be getting our trucks this morning at a Kenworth dealership in Phoenix and will take them to Salt Lake City, UT.

Time to get packed up and out of the hotel. You all have a fantastic day.



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I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

4 responses to “Petrified tree

  • aspot2stamp

    Hi Leslie, Love the photos from your travels and enjoy the way you share all the extra information that goes with each entry, Makes me feel like I’m making the journey with you. Sorry to be missing lately we were internetless ..Is that a word… Back online today and getting back into the school week routine. Hope you are doing well getting back to your day job.
    Much love,

    • Message In A Fold

      Man, take a few weeks off and it is almost like starting over again. I can’t remember what to do :-}.

      Yes, internetless is a word :-). I saw you all had fun over the holiday weekend.

      I am glad you enjoy the photos of our travels. Coming along with us this way is cleaner and less jarring since you are not subjected to the roads 🙂 or grease 😮

      Have fun plotting and planning your next YouTube lesson for us.

      Love you -Leslie

  • gardenpinks

    Aren’t they beautiful? Wonder how old they are?! Shame they are being sold off though as once they are gone that is it never to be seen again., however with the National Parks departments looking after the rest and preserving them for everyone to see is a great idea.
    Thanks for showing and sharing Leslie.

    Have a safe trip

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      It is amazing what can transpire over time. One site says these trees are millions of years old. Still to see them turned to rock is mind boggling.

      There are miles and miles of land owned by the Navajo and these petrified trees are sacred. Some land that was sold off to non Navajo people the trees are not sacred and get sold off to the highest bidder.

      Some of the items made from these trees are intricate as well as beautiful.

      The Forest Service does not take kindly to people that steal the logs. Huge fines and jail time are what they get. Still there are some that figure out a way.

      Hope you and Rod had a great weekend.

      Love you – Leslie

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