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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Gallatin National Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest

We climbed the hillside up to these rocky outcroppings where the forest was buried by volcanic ash again and again. There are many layers of petrified wood in these, and the logs can be see jutting from the rocky cliff.

The climb was moderate, and we saw a lot of petrified wood shards scattered on the ground at the top of this knob.
We climbed several higher knobs, each one took us deeper into the Petrified Forest, revealing more petrified wood and more rugged terrain.

The views were spectacular and the wildflowers stunning!

It was really fun being able to study the ground for specimens while basking in the beautiful views.

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