These dusty paths and sloping trails looks like any regular hiking trail except that this place was once, 3.4 million years ago, covered in volcanic ash from a volcanic explosion. The trees at Mt. Saint Helena turned to stone as it trapped oxygen and over time replaced the inner tree matter with silica – turning them into stone fossil but with all the known tree attributes intact.
So this special place was unknown until 1870 when a farmer named Charles Evans discovered a log solid as stone on his property. With scientists, geologists, and researchers coming to study this phenomenon unearthed more knowledge of this petrification process.
This property has always been privately owned and the last owner was named Ollie Beckie; in 1917 she shaped its future to become a place for research, scientific discovery, land preservation, and educational venue. Here is a helpful link for more information if you’re interested.
I didn’t expect to be this amazed when I suggested it as a day outing. Our initial curiosity turned to amazement as we explored the place’s beauty, history, and wonder of nature! This is the kind of historic place that needs a repeat visit to soak in the beauty and history of petrified trees.
Here are some photos:
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