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A few years ago we made a trek out to the Petrified National Forest. This park was named a National Monument back in the early 1900’s and did not become a National Park until 1962. It covers quite an area too, about 160 acres! It’s northern most point falls into the Painted Desert, which is another amazing site to see. The trees and fossils in this area date back 225 million years! So, now take my hand and let’s go take a walk and look at some of the sights shall we?

Downed trees line the park

A look at bark

Can you see the rings?

This is one big tree…

Now here is my husband, who is 6’6″, standing near the root end, which is on the left in the photo above.

The root end of the tree

The center core of a tree

Litter in the park

The colors are amazing!

A downed tree once used as a bridge

The tree in the above photo crosses a small ravine, and folks used to walk across it. See the concrete on the underside? It is no longer safe and they want to preserve the tree itself.

The inner core is exposed

If you are interested in visiting this park click here for information.

I hope that you enjoyed the trip! Thanks for stopping by and go and have a great Wednesday!

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We headed out to the northern end of the Island of Hawaii.  No particular destination other than where the wind would blow us!  We turned off where the sign indicated there was a National Park.  We pulled up to the parking lot and noticed that folks were camping and getting out of the car, we suffered through major winds we headed down towards to the beach.  Wind speeds here were between 30-40 miles per hour. But we fought the wind to where we found Spencer Beach, which is located right below Pu’ukohola Heiau National Park.    We had been to this park before, but were drawn to the water, not only by what we saw, but the wind was tossing us in every direction and blew us down to the beach.

A view from Spencer Beach Park

The colors of the water: Magnificent!

Just north of Spencer Beach

This beach is below another compound of King Kamehameha. Fish traps were built to capture the fish in a cove like structure that allowed the fish to swim in at high tide, but unable to swim out at low tide. The one here is a bit filled up with sand, but this would have been cleared out to lower the depth of the trap. The trap is the rock structure.

Another view of Spencer Beach with a fish trap

Little golden birds were everywhere, and they flitted here and there in the trees, being so illusive that I did not think that I captured this shot.

Native Bird

I took one last look back at the ocean.

Layers in the ocean

We turned to leave to head onward to Hawi, and the roots of a tree caught my eye.

Tree trunk at Spencer Beach

You can almost see a face! The trees grew parallel to the beach before rising to the 40 foot heights that they achieve! We are getting back into the car and heading on still to Pololu and Hawi!

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