First thing in the morning we stopped at a store to get a piece of this petrified wood we had been hearing so much about. We felt duty bound to bring a wee piece home to show you all. We had to have it wrapped up and taped before we entered Petrified Forest National Park to prove we had not picked it up in our travels. There is an abundance of the stuff in the park but apparently tons going missing each month. It is easy to see why as it is quite beautiful. It looks more like marble than wood. The store where we purchased our piece had some beautiful items made out of the wood (especially the coffee and dining room tables). All very expensive and too heavy to bring home in a motor home.
A bonus of going through this park was to find a remnant of Route 66. The road is gone but the wood telephone poles stretch as far as you can see in both directions. The new highway is just off in the distance so it made for quite an eerie sight.
The painted desert is also part of this park. Around every corner was a different palette of colour. We kept stopping to take yet another picture as it was completely different every few miles. On our way to Gallup, New Mexico not much of Route 66 was to be found although there was several 'tourist trap type' souvenir places to beckon you off the highway. Didn't work on us as by now it was awfully close to happy hour.
Stopped for the night at an RV Park in Gallup which to my delight you could buy a lovely dinner right in the Park at their ' Cook House ' for a very small fee - gotta love it when someone else does the cooking. We began to realize we were going to arrive too early at our destination of Albuquerque on October 1st. Pulling the maps out and all the places Jamie and Brian told us were a must see we realize we are only about 2 inches on the map to Canyon DeChelly Park, a place they had highly recommended.