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Purple striped desert

The Petrified Forest National Park includes a large section of painted desert.  It is of course not actually painted with paint and brushes, however its geologic history has resulted in very distinctive sediment delineation. I suspect that had I grown up

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Purple striped desert

The Petrified Forest National Park includes a large section of painted desert.  It is of course not actually painted with paint and brushes, however its geologic history has resulted in very distinctive sediment delineation. I suspect that had I grown up

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Petrified and painted

After safely emerging from the Superstition Mountains, I headed further north in Arizona to the Petrified Forest National Park.  A 28 mile road passes from the southern entrance of the park close to lots of petrified wood to the northern

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Petrified and painted

After safely emerging from the Superstition Mountains, I headed further north in Arizona to the Petrified Forest National Park.  A 28 mile road passes from the southern entrance of the park close to lots of petrified wood to the northern

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Apache Trail

Leaving the modern visitor attractions behind me, I ventured on into the Superstition mountains.  I was confident that I would not find a gold mine as my intention was to travel along the Apache Trail.  It is named after the Apache

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Apache Trail

Leaving the modern visitor attractions behind me, I ventured on into the Superstition mountains.  I was confident that I would not find a gold mine as my intention was to travel along the Apache Trail.  It is named after the Apache

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Movie mines

Slightly further along the road from Apache Junction in Pheonix towards the Superstition Mountains a far more modern collection of items has been gathered into a museum – movie sets. Arizona was the home to many a film set and Apacheland was

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Movie mines

Slightly further along the road from Apache Junction in Pheonix towards the Superstition Mountains a far more modern collection of items has been gathered into a museum – movie sets. Arizona was the home to many a film set and Apacheland was

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Golden Superstition

At the most southern tip of the Tonto National Forest lie the Superstition Mountains.   At the southern approach to the mountains is a museum displaying pre and post Columbus finds in the area.  It had clearly been the home to humans

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Golden Superstition

At the most southern tip of the Tonto National Forest lie the Superstition Mountains.   At the southern approach to the mountains is a museum displaying pre and post Columbus finds in the area.  It had clearly been the home to humans

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Travertine

The Grand Canyon isn’t the only place in Arizona which features travertine – the limestone deposited by highly mineralised waterways.  Pretty much right in the middle of the Tonto National Forest, equidistant to Flagstaff and Phoenix is the Tonto Natural Bridge.

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Travertine

The Grand Canyon isn’t the only place in Arizona which features travertine – the limestone deposited by highly mineralised waterways.  Pretty much right in the middle of the Tonto National Forest, equidistant to Flagstaff and Phoenix is the Tonto Natural Bridge.

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The hike out

On the fourth day, we got up early to break camp while the sun was rising.  I took this picture the day before – by the time it was light enough to take pictures on the last day, all that

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The hike out

On the fourth day, we got up early to break camp while the sun was rising.  I took this picture the day before – by the time it was light enough to take pictures on the last day, all that