“Lithodendron” is a word that means “stone tree.” The name was given to a coral-like fossil from eons ago.  But that’s not where I found it.  Many years ago we went on a vacation to Grand Canyon National Park.  On the way, we camped in the desert wilderness at Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National Park.  As evening approached, we walked a mile north across the multi-colored desert until we passed a dry watercourse named Lithodendron Wash.  Past that camping is allowed.  The wind was strong so we picked a spot sheltered by an eroded bank.  The desert was so quiet after the wind died.  It felt like another planet.  We watched the stars and slept.  Before dawn the sky glowed gently rose pink.  We gathered our things and walked back to continue our journey.  Some camps are magical.

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