In Arizona’s Petriﬁed Forest National Park, the fossilized trees look like rocks ﬁlled with minerals including quartz, amethyst and cobalt. They are dazzling—so dazzling, in fact, that visitors frequently pocket pieces despite all the signs prohibiting them from doing so. I did it myself, taking two tiny pieces of rock when I stopped at the park on a road trip a few years back. But many people who remove the rocks end up wishing desperately that they hadn’t, often returning them in the mail. “They are beautiful, but I can’t enjoy them, ” scrawl capital letters on one note. “Take these miserable rocks and put them back into the rainbow forest, for they have caused pure havoc in my love life and Cheryl’s too, ” pleads another letter written on torn-out notebook paper and signed “Dateless + Desperate.” This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Eight Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades. Arts & Culture Music Issue 19 On a Grander Scale Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna now may live on the opposite side of the globe, but she’s determined to evolve while staying true to her roots. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Neighborhood: Fire Stations The firefighting profession has evolved over time from Ancient Rome’s rudimentary bucket brigades to today’s sleek life-saving departments.