Last Saturday High Desert Test Sites hosted an event at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center. Ryan Thompson and Phil Orr, the authors of Bad Luck, Hot Rocks: Conscience Letters and Photographs from the Petrified Forest gave a slide show presentation to a packed house.
Believing a curse accompanies pieces of petrified wood purloined from the park, tourist return the rocks with letters of remorse, recounting the bad luck that has befallen them since making off with the rocks. The letter range from touching to tender to ridiculous, and afforded the authors the opportunity to shed light on different generations of conservation practices.
It was wonderful to see so many cars lined up outside the Center, and more than 50 people inside. Kudos to CMMCA board member Kip Fjelt for helping host this event and for the vision to reach out to High Desert Test Sites.