Following Me Around Like a…Crow?

This charming little fellow introduced himself to us while visiting The Painted Desert inside the Petrified Forest National Park.  We didn’t have any morsels of snackage to offer him, but he followed us around this amazing, humongous park anyway.  Each time we’d get in the car to go to the next sight, there he was.  It’s like we had our own personal miniature tour guide. 

He followed us to the Petroglyphs at Newspaper Rock.

Here, have a closer look.  The folks who farmed in the Puerco River Valley 650-2,000 years ago pecked petroglyphs onto rocks, leaving a very cool legacy behind, engraved in stone.  This is just one of many boulders with these markings.  Aren’t they amazing?  What kinds of interesting stories can you come up with from studying their labor of love?

Still following…

And he joined us again over at Agate Bridge…   It so fascinates me realizing this 110 foot stone log used to be wood, once upon a time, centuries ago.

Then our friend met us again at the Crystal Forest.  I’m beginning to think not only is he hoping I present him with some food, but perhaps he’s actually a spy.  Yes, I think he must have been hired as a watchdog (oops, I mean crow) for the park, since so many jerkwads have taken pieces of history from here.  Maybe he is employed to peck off the hands of the next thieves.  Right on, dude!  You get ’em!

How awesomely beautiful is this.  Still blows my mind when I’m looking at something as ancient as this large jewel.  Hundreds of millions of years ancient.  Wow.

And yes, he’s still watching me like a hawk.

Fare ye well, my feathered friend, and ha, you did not get a crunchy critter today, at least not with me.  I wonder how the other visitors fared.


Author: Carol B Sessums

Writer, Editor, Coffee Addict, Lover of Mountains. Lives to shrink the planet, one story and connection at a time.

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