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the Dugway road



















Sunday includes a trip up Moki Dugway for views of Valley of the Gods and Monument Valley. Narrow, sometimes gravel road up a mountainside with steep climb, no guardrails and switchback after switchback, left Linda speechless and my fingerprints embedded in the steering wheel. The dugway is a road in the mountainside established to get uranium ore down for processing. Worth it? Heck yes!!! What a view!!!!!

Then to Natural Bridges National Monument for a bit of a letdown. Perhaps if we had been hiking in the bottom of the canon the scenes would have been more rewarding. One disappointment in two months of travel really ain't so very bad.

Then a trip on a "short" loop road through Valley of the Gods and another "Oh My Goodness" moment for three hours. Much of the road was graded, but much was not, so we had the opportunity to traverse river bottoms and whatever you call washouts caused by flash flooding for eight miles and three hours. This was up close and personal viewing of this fabulous piece of creation.

Monday the desert temp began to return so it's mostly rest and get ready for a long drive tomorrow. Just one more sunrise, another view of Monument Valley and a trip to the Navajo Code Talker display. Maybe some more star gazing tonight when the cooler air arrives.

Off to Taos tomorrow.

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