|The map says there is a “Black Forest” down there, but from the trailhead, no trees are visable.|
|Moonrise and setting sun.|
|Moon is getting higher, sun getting lower. Better find a spot soon.|
|This elevated spot where I finally drop my pack for the night still has a view.|
And more to watch: Orion and Pleidies, followed by the full moon. Much more interesting than watching a screen.
|Moon shadows proved equally riveting as their daytime counterparts.|
|Differential erosion gradually carved this landscape. Changing rock made of sand and mud turn back to sand and mud again.|
|In a tropical swamp during the Late Triassic, this tree turned slowly from wood to rainbow-colored stone.|
|When you lie on the ground, surrounded by quiet and rock, there is a feeling of connection.|
I am glad for places like this— the quiet, the being able to see forever—that allow for solitude and reflection.
|Clay swells as it absorbs moisture, then shrinks and cracks as it dries, creating an intricate texture.|
|Arriving back at the trailhead, and looking back on where I’d been.|
Backcountry permits are free, and available in the visitor centers at Petrified Forest National Park. More info on backcountry camping here.