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Petrified Forest Reprise

manzanita new growth

The red leaves are new growth on this Manzanita branch


A pretty meadow




Gesturing Manzanitas

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Next Stop: Old Faithful

One of the several faithful geysers of our great country is in Calistoga, California.  It was my first geyser experience!  Very fun to watch, and frankly an amazing spectacle.  It truly engaged my sense of wonder around geology.  Can you believe that there is that much pressure just constantly ebbing and flowing beneath our feet?  Makes you feel a little insignificant–in a good way.  Plus they had fainting goats and llamas.  Not sure what the connection is.  


Threatening steam


and spouting!



A major perk of the visit was that the gift shop carried Vernors–my favorite ginger soda!!  Particularly exciting was finding it in the bottle.  A first. 

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Petrified Forest

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.


I especially liked the ferns growing out of the petrified wood–and the moss growing everywhere
Another close up of the petrified wood and the ferns
A madrone trunk I fell in love with

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