Yesterday I visited the Petrified Forest near Calistoga California. It is believed that the Petrified Forest was created over three million years ago when Mt. St. Helena erupted. The eruption and earthquake that followed were so severe that the giant redwoods were felled and molten lava and ash covered the forest.
The Petrified Forest is a looped trail through a non-petrified forest with examples of petrified trees lying where they fell millions of years ago as a sort of exhibit. It was a fun little walk. Nice to stroll through the manzanitas, madrones, firs, oaks, etc. A few wild flowers too.