March 26, 2010

Road trip idea: Visit the Ginkgo Petrified Forest!

The weather in Washington is slowly but surely getting nice again, so maybe it's time to start thinking about interesting places to visit for a weekend road trip. Here's an idea: head out to Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park near Vantage, WA to visit this fossilized ancient forest!

When paleontologist Kirk Johnson and artist Ray Troll were preparing for the Burke Museum exhibit Cruisin the Fossil Freeway, they visited a number of fossil sites in WA State, including the Ginkgo Petrified Forest. In this video, Kirk talks about the history of the Ginkgo Petrified Forest and the process of petrification.

It's just over a 2 hour drive out to Vantage from Seattle so pack up the car and visit one of the most interesting geological sites in the state!

Posted by: Julia Swan, Communications