Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona – Hurricane in the stone forest

The wind is raging wilder and wilder. As we walk the Giant Logs Trail behind the visitor center we hardly can hold the camera. On the Crystal Logs Trail few miles further even standing of walking gets very difficult. Our wind meter shows 69 mi/h / 111 km/h, which correspond to wind force 11, hurricane-force wind. Breathing becomes difficult windward, lung and ears hurt due to the pressure differences. Flagstaff announces snow, and there is a blizzard in Grand Canyon. We receive warnings to close I 40. But we still want to see the colourful petrified logs. There are some fossils, ruins, and petroglyphs in Petrified Forest National Park as well. In the north part are pretty views to the Painted Desert, colourfully striped hills that look differently with each change in incidence of light. For now the view is murky because of the sand storm. Before the weather gets totally mad the tail wind pushes us to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Laura and Brad already expect us with spaghetti and beer. They own a Unimog 416 Doka with a tiny camper cabin. Brad invited us some months ago after discovering our webpage.

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