Tuesday, March 26, 2013

California Adventure: roadside attractions

Last weekend, during our Napa trip (read here), we also visited some natural wonders that are near Calistoga, CA.  It was an interesting to see and experience a piece of geological and natural wonder so close to our home.  Both felt a bit like roadside attractions that you may visit on a roadtrip across the country, quirky and excited hype, but it was a fun excursion!

First, we went to the Petrified Forest.  Mostly, I get excited about visiting any forests (maybe it was that there are no real forests in Kansas), but I soon discovered that these are not actual trees, but rocks.  According to wikipedia and my friend's husband, who did actually know what to expect:
"A petrified forest is a forest where the tree trunks have fossilized as petrified wood.  Petrified wood is a result of a tree or tree-like plants having completely transitioned to stone by the process or permineralization."
All of this was happened due to a nearby volcano eruption.  California is definitely a state of natural wonders, but it is interesting to consider it in as completely wild.
Next, we traveled about 5 miles down the road to the Old Faithful Geyser of California.  Which we learned was one of only 3 geysers in the world that perform on regular intervals.  The others being Old Faithful in Yellowstone (the more famous one), and another one in New Zealand.  In addition to be a natural wonder, it also had a petting zoo for goats.  Random, but so much fun to play with and feed all the baby goats!!

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