The Petrified Forest actually was very impressive. The landscape was littered with broken "logs"--all turned to stone, of course.
The colors were spectacular.
If you look closely at the landscape below you can see a petrified log atop the ridge in the upper middle of the photo. The second picture shows the log via telephoto lens. It makes me wonder what incredibly tumultuous events occurred here over the millions of years since these trees were alive.
The Tepees and Painted Desert areas of the park were fascinating as well.
Honestly, I was not looking forward to driving an hour or more out of our way to visit these ancient landmarks, but I am so glad Brian talked me into it. I was suitably impressed.