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Giant petrified tree stump at the Fluorescent Fossil Bed National Monument. In Fluorescent Colorado I visited on the way to my property.
Well, I am officially and physically back home now, so I'm writing this in the present tense, which makes it a whole lot less confusing for me than trying to write about things that happened days ago and keep it all straight in my mind.
So if anything in my last few blog posts looks strange or out of place, I can assure you that I wasn't strange or out of place; I was simply having troubles writing about places I was, instead of places I am, which made it sound like I wasn't anywhere. But now that's straightened out, I can move on to a normal life again.
I have found that a two or three-night mini-vacation is almost not worth the effort. It takes just as much time and work packing up the little Bronco for an overnight stay as it does to stay a week. And packing and unpacking the little Bronco is really the most time-consuming, and least enjoyable, part of my mini-vacations.
So what that does is discourages me from taking, let's say, a weekend trip and encourages me to only take a trip if I can stay a week or so. Now in the past, I've had this same problem and I solved it by having duplicates of almost everything that I needed to travel with, so whatever RV I had was already loaded with food, clothes, and whatever else I needed to live on the road for a while, so packing up to take a trip was quick and easy.
This, of course, didn't work in the winter because I had to empty the camper of everything that would freeze, but in the winter, I didn't generally take short trips, anytime I went somewhere, it was for a couple of weeks or more. So, packing and unpacking wasn't that big a deal.
But nowadays, I'm trying to simplify my life and my possessions, so carrying duplicates of things doesn't make sense, so the only things that stay in the little Bronco are some clothes and eating utensils. So even though I much prefer having a camper ready to go all the time without much packing and even less planning. It looks like that's not going to be happening the remaining month and a half I have left here in Denver.
A lot of the fossilized tree stumps at the Florescent Fossil Bed's National Monument are about 14 feet across
The pictures I took at the Florescent Fossil Bed's didn't have anything to show the relative size of the fossilized tree stumps, so I dug up a couple of old pictures off the Internet of folks posing with the tree stumps before it was a National Monument. So it's a little easier to tell how big these Redwood stumps actually were.
What looks like three separate petrified tree stumps is actually three new trees growing out of a giant tree stump which makes more sense looking at the picture below.
This old picture from the Internet makes it more obvious that a gigantic tree broke off, and three sprouts grew out of the old stump and made three large trees.
The fossil beds aren't far from where I used to live so I've been there several times before. There's other things to see and do their but I mainly stopped in to take pictures of the giant petrified tree stumps.
I saw lots of "volunteers" working around the fossil bed's, and every one of them had a shovel in their hand. Probably not the kind of glamorous work they had envisioned.