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A Quest Through The Painted Forest, The Petrified Forest, and Quratzite AZ

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    Posted 8 years ago

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    In 2008, I waged a spiritual battle. I had just opened a physical antique and design shop, building it from less than zero money and energy, alone...lies, deceit, thievery, and health all played out their tiny little tunes upon my life. The doors closed less than 3 weeks after they opened, all in part to those manipulators of facts.

    By Sept of 2009, they had all but drained me in every way.

    This collection was the only factor that kept me sane, kept me able to change what seemed a lost destiny, and helped to heal me mentally, physically, and Spiritually.

    I stayed in the desert outside of Quartzite, Arizona for 6 weeks. That was where I found the coffee pot, the dead cactus, and the rocks in top...amongst a lot of other Beauty, and quite a bit of real ugly.

    During my drive home, I decided to go out of my way and see the Painted Desert, and The Petrified Forest...not in that order

    The Painted Desert is Beauty to behold, with its fallen and standing petrified stumps and trees abounding. I went through the National Forest there, and I knew I had to find a way to keep part of this Beauty with me. I drove for hours on end, looking for any way to hunt even the tiniest section of land. I found my op in an open area dry creek bed, walked it slowly, methodically, and in peaceful thought. I found these pieces mostly buried there. They are now part of my joys and memories.

    I knew that I could "buy" any amount of this beautiful, multi-colored fossil wood, and so many did catch my attention...blacks, reds, whites, oranges, even blues and many more colors, and so many sizes...but they would just be minor gifts to myself.

    At The Painted Desert, I also felt and saw great Beauty, found an open place to walk, and discovered that any Native or Cowboy would soon tucker out walking this extremely fine sands (baked hard together by the sun, bt still giving way deeply to each footstep. I found some interesting rocks, one nice fossilized wood, and came home more healed and healthy than I had ever felt...enough so as to beat to haides what others were still attempting to press me into.

    Collection 2, and the story of the lost penny, next

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Just poste under appliances. CW staff always puts things where they want it anyway. LOL
    2. AboundingOddities AboundingOddities, 8 years ago do I answer that Blunderbuss?????? LOL....funny! Thanks for the great advice
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Well, they always change mine. can't remember one they didn't. Their list of cats. is way too inadequate but I can see where it would be a big job to update. I wouldn't want the job & say that in dire hopes they don't assign it to me.
    4. AboundingOddities AboundingOddities, 8 years ago
      I messaged them about the cats limitation, they basically said what you did. So far, they have a good, workable way - as you pointed out...LOL
    5. AboundingOddities AboundingOddities, 8 years ago
      They recated my penny, but not this one yet...yayyyyyyyyyyy...LOL
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Day isn't over yet!
    7. AboundingOddities AboundingOddities, 8 years ago
      LOL...hey, they did move 2 others since then...I must be fitting right in Blunderbuss
    8. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      you are fitting right in because you are doing it wrong like the rest of us.
    9. AboundingOddities AboundingOddities, 8 years ago
      AMEN, Brother! I hear ya....wreak havoc, the only way!
    10. valentino97 valentino97, 8 years ago
      I love this story! I love the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest. You found some great rocks and fos wood. I went to Quartzite a few yrs ago - but it was for their massive rock show. (Went w/my sister and her husband thought we were planning a concert trip.) WHAT FUN! I bought some great stuff all in my cheapo traveler's price range.

      And - I laughed so hard over blunderbuss2 comment. So true! I never get my categories right either but oh well. I think the right people will see our posts.
    11. valentino97 valentino97, 8 years ago
      And the wrong people too. Love you all CW!!!
    12. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      They NEVER leave it "where it is"! To their credit, they have only censored 1 poste of mine, which was only asking if anybody could identify a beer bottle. Of course the girl pouring the beer was topless. They didn't re-cat that 1 because they censored it before they had time to! In that few minutes, I got 6-8 replies but nobody identified the bottle or even referred to it. At least I didn't get banned! Recaps are available on request, but not here. Love you STAFF!

    13. AboundingOddities AboundingOddities, 8 years ago guys kill me

      Val, thank you, like these other two yahoos up there I followed you after looking through your stash of

      Jay..........they always recat mine, or a lot of them mind accepts that I don't think like a normal person....WHEW!

      Blunderbuss, though its not as fun, almost shade out her petals next time, we have vigins here that would go ga-ga............not me. well????

      Thanks to you all...huggsss, especially after that beer lady delivers the beer
    14. valentino97 valentino97, 8 years ago
      Blunderbuss - why didn't you put a piece of black tape over the offending ta tas? I'm sure they weren't offensive but at least you would have censored your own item. Hmm, I haven't been censored yet by CW. I must not be posting my best stuff....
    15. AboundingOddities AboundingOddities, 8 years ago
      LOL...ah, Val, give yourself a chance...give it your best shot...we'll all defend you
    16. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Hey, I shot mine thru to see who was on their toes & how long it would take to get deleted. There were quite a number on their toes & deletion time was measured in minutes. I could doctor the pic & resubmit but I'm trying to get that Berlin beauty back. Yummy! Besides I know what bottle it is.
    17. AboundingOddities AboundingOddities, 8 years ago used to hold down 3 jobs when I was a was waitressing at an eatery/beer joint when I was like 2nd grade. She also dated the owner. I would go with her as much as possible, and even though he'd give me change to play the juke box or pool, I'd sneak outside and go through their little uncover the naked lady match books...hahahaha..yeah, jay, they'd likely sensor us.......go for it blunderbuss, but now that they know to watch us 4, it'll be moments, not minutes ;-)
    18. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Hey A/O, their are virgins in your neighbourhood? You need to move where they know what they're doing. St. Maarten/St. Martin isn't the place unless you like them to know more than you do! That can be humiliating, - but not for long!
    19. AboundingOddities AboundingOddities, 8 years ago
      LOL...St Martin, huh? I could use a refresher course. Kansas is said to have one of the highest female to male ratios, but you couldn't prove it by me.....OMG...I tell myself that I'm looking for quality and helps, Blunderbuss ;-)
    20. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      I respect Brendan Behan's attitude, "The difference between love for money & free love is that free love cost more." I think I've been thru all the manic depressive girls here & waiting for the "season" to start & see what the new crop looks like.
    21. AboundingOddities AboundingOddities, 8 years ago
      is that the secret? I wont say what I think about dating, marriage, and the cost of a hooker.............funny is, I still want to date, not get hooked
    22. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago

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