Petrified Forest National Park, AZ…

For some reason, I have really wanted to visit the Petrified Forest National Park. I’m not sure why, as I figured that we would be inundated with ‘millions of years’ through the exhibits, the film that the visitor’s centers always have, and the Jr. Ranger booklets. Still, I really wanted to visit, and since we were in the vicinity…
We did.
Our first stop was the north entrance visitor’s center, where we picked up the J.R. booklets. Since it was National Parks Week, there were a few extra activities being offered. We decided to try our hand at yucca painting; the kids used yucca leaves and ‘paint’ made from clay to make a few pictures to take home.
It was a fun activity, and made for some memorable souvenirs.

After art class, checked out the petrified wood on the patio…

Petrified wood is found throughout the United States, in every state, but none other is infused with the beautiful colors that are found in this area (or so the rangers say…). And it is colorful – one can find every color in the rainbow in the rock found here.

The kids had some activities to do checking out the petrified trees, their color, size, and crystal patterns…

It was great that the kids were encouraged to touch the wood at the visitor’s center…

Even Molly had to get in on the exploration…

We worked on their books for awhile. We watched the film, which was one of the worst ones ever – it makes me so disappointed in the park system that they would take tax payer dollars and use them to feed the public a theory cloaked as fact. The film was a total brainwash attempt – the entire thing was to promote the 225 millions of years that the park states as the age of these rocks. The problem with that is that it is only a theory. It can be nothing but a theory since scientists cannot replicate the process/time – it is simply a speculation based on what they believe happened. And I would have no problem with their attempt at explaining creation this way if they would be honest – it is only a theory.
After the film, it was time to make lunch. Lots of times we leave the fifth wheel in a parking lot somewhere, instead of hauling it down long roads to a destination. Since Petrified Forest was right along the interstate, we parked the 5er there in their large parking lot (that had nice, long RV sites) while we drove the park road in the van. Before setting out on our driving tour tho, we stopped by the RV and made lunch – when we are busy site seeing and driving, we tend to eat a lot of sandwiches. This day was peanut butter and honey (those that don’t like PB&H have to make their own lunch ;), Cheese Its, and baby carrots. We love foods that don’t create dirty dishes!
After lunch, we set out to drive the Petrified Forest Loop Road (which isn’t a loop at all). It took us through some very colorful desert landscape…
with incredible views.
We were able to see petrified logs – some having been excavated out of the sandstone by erosion and now lying in on the valley floor, and some sitting on top of the thin remnants of sandstone mesas…
which made us wonder, how could any of these sandstone formations still be standing after even a couple million of years, let alone hundreds? Sandstone is very soft – it all would have long ago eroded flat with the landscape, and the petrified wood, now laying in the valley, would have been covered from the sediment of the eroding sandstone mesas and tepees (cone shaped formations). The valley would be fairly flat by now. The landscape is much more consistent with the history of a worldwide flood thousands of years ago, than a raging river creating a swampy mess of tangled trees that were deposited here millions of years ago like the film would like unsuspecting viewers to believe.
Unfortunately, the attitude of the park employees that we met were more of a ‘believe everything that we tell you, or you’re a religious freak’. I’ll be a religious freak rather than stop questioning everything that I’m told, thankyouverymuch.
…can withstand ‘millions of years’ of erosion, but now needs a little help like concrete reinforcement???
We drove the full length of the park, and ended up at the south entrance visitor’s center. This building was a great stop! Inside is a small exhibit featuring several small dinosaur skeleton reproductions. And one of the exhibits mentioned Convergent Evolution. Now, the exhibit did NOT say what convergent evolution is, it simply mentioned this specific animal as an excellent example. As if convergent evolution is a great thing for evolutionists. It isn’t. Because we knew what convergent evolution supposedly was/is, it was an excellent opportunity to discuss how even more impossible evolution is (if something is impossible, is it possible to be MORE impossible? LOL!).
~~~have you ever SERIOUSLY thought of the absolute miracle the human eye is??? and it came from…??? what, we just wanted to see so badly, and there were ‘such benefits’ to sight, that we decided that we had best ‘want’ ourselves some eyeballs so badly that over millions of years we finally got them??? …seriously???
Convergent evolution is the idea that 2 unrelated species evolve the same traits (looks or sometimes other features) because they live in similar, however distant, locales. The theory says they evolve looking nearly exactly alike just because they live in like environments. (ie. the praying mantis and the mantispid have similar looks, the anteater, aardvark, and armadillo+ have sticky tongues, glass snake (which is actually a lizard!) and snakes look alike, but these animals are unrelated! There are tons more examples, but the one that really cements it for me is that if evolution were real, (yeah, I know this isn’t convergent) we moms would have a lot more than 2 arms!!!
Convergent evolution is supposed to explain why/how the wing, and therefore flight, could/would evolve at least 4 separate times – once for birds, once for bats,once for flying dinosaurs, and yet again for insects. I will readily admit that evolutionists have more faith than I do – it is certainly harder to have faith in something so incredulous as flight evolving at least 4 completely separate times than it is to believe in a Creator!
LOL! Sorry for the tangent, but to be honest, after asking a few questions to the rangers at the north station, we were so disgusted in their ‘you’d best swallow whatever we feed you’, on-guard attitude that I really had a hard time enjoying the park (they apparently like it better when visitors stick to asking questions along the line of, ‘who cut up all the wood in the park?). That was until we talked with a ranger at another station (there are 3). We asked some questions (we are careful not to be confrontational, just curious), and after working through the problems with their rote answers, we finally got a (rather quiet, honest) “I don’t really know. A lot of what the park says just doesn’t make sense.” Phew! I was beginning to think it was just us! 😉
Anyway, when we did finally make it to the south entrance, we found another fun activity, one we almost missed by not checking out the whole building. One of the kids had to use the restroom, and found a ‘classroom’ of sorts off to the side. In it was this great dino bone excavating trough…
Which was really cool!
The ‘bones’ were covered with little rubber pellets and the kids could excavate the bones using (paint) brushes that were supplied at the dig site. They loved it!
After our discussion with the kids about convergent evolution, we headed out back where a short, paved, walking trail took us through a field of petrified wood pieces!
Joel and Emma show how big the park’s largest petrified tree, “Old Faithful”, is…
All in all, our visit to the Petrified Forest was a great success! It was a great opportunity to put our very limited knowledge of creation to the test – and I must say, it came through unscathed. Petrified Forest actually reinforced our belief in the biblical creation – despite their millions of years inundation.
And we even got some very cool Petrified Forest patches out of the deal!
After we stopped to pick up the house, it was On The Road Again! Next stop, somewhere in New Mexico!?!

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  1. Just wanted to say that I LOVE reading about your adventures…..I rarely comment, but read faithfully! All of your stops look so fun! And I agree with your tangent about the “millions of year” brainwashing. My oldest can now totally disagree at any mention of it in books or displays!

  2. Thanks for the outstanding post! I also wanted to tell you that I like your style. That is, standing up for what you believe and not being afraid to voice what you think. You are a good example for your children and your readers too. Well done!


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