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May 12, 2015 - Canyon de Chelly day 4

Hi Everybodeeee! We may be back in the internet business. Mike called Apple and they told him he needed to do an update on his phone. We have our fingers crossed. Right now we are sitting at a Burger King with free wifi. What an excuse to buy a Whopper and fries. We are spending our last day at Canyon de Chelly. Yesterday we rode horses for two hours up the canyon with a Guide. Today, we took the only hike we could without a guide. It was unbelievable. We hiked 1K feet down to some ruins and always the vendors. At every stop on the overlook...

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Takin the Slow Road

May 10, 2015 - Canyon de Chelly

We started our day standing on the corner in Winslow AZ. Then on to Canyon DeChelly. We hated to leave the Homolovian Campground because the wind had finally stopped. Mike won’t want me telling this but he is very nervous about having the campgrounds be full when we arrive, so we sometimes have to leave early for the next one. We have not found any campground even half full yet, including Canyon de Chelly. For those who do not know, this is all Tony Hillerman country. Tony was/is one of Mike’s favorite authors and he has always wanted to...

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Takin the Slow Road

Apr 19, 2015 - Canyon De Chelly, AZ

Wow, what a day! We're in Gallup, NM and were looking for things to do today. One of the attractions was Canyon De Chelly. None of us had heard of it (duh...everyone I've talked to since has heard WONDERS about it). Well, we set out to find something interesting within a reasonable driving distance and decided on Canyon De Chelly. We drove for more than an hour and a half through the middle of nowhere and were wondering if we were on a wild goose chase. We finally arrived and entered the park and were in total awe! What a gorgeous...

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2015 Southwest Trip

Mar 26, 2015 - Canyon De Chelly National Monument

Canyon De Chelly Note: Many pictures, sorry. First, “Chelly” is pronounced “Shay”. This was my first stop on the journey north. Ok, it’s a wee bit in another direction, but it’s still north! My other option was the Grand Canyon, but all campsites were full, so went this way. The drive up here was pretty interesting, as the day began in the hot desert country, with the usual desert flora, then climbed through a nice Saguaro forest, then through that layer of scrub brush between the desert and pine forest, then into the pine forest similar...

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Jun 24, 2014 - Canyon de Chelly

After spending nearly a week taking it easy, watching the birds, deer and bunnies, the view of Mesa Verde as it changes every hour, doing a few chores and very little else, we decided we needed to get out and do something. So yesterday we headed to Canyon de Chelly. Canyon de Chelly (d’shay) is about a two hour drive from Cortez in northeastern Arizona on the home of the Navajo. This land was once the home of the ancient Anasazi people who were “puebloans” who built their homes among the rock walls and is steeped in history and lore. We...

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Oct 16, 2013 - Canyon de Chelly

We hoped to be able to visit Canyon de Chelly (pronounced Canyon dah Shay) this trip but with the federal government shut down we weren't sure that was going to happen. Cathy, Mary's long-time girlfriend and our tour guide on this expedition, was sure that it was because there is no entrance fee and it is on a highway. She was right. The Visitor Center was closed but the roads were all open. Canyon de Chelly National Monument is located within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. There are ruins of early indigenous tribes that once lived in...

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Oct 18, 2012 - Canyon de Chelly

We started the day with a stop at the Canyon de Chelly Visitor Center, where we picked up a map of the park and watched a good 23 minute video on the canyons. Canyon de Chelly (pronounced Canyon de Shay) is a striking geological feature cut into the very center of the Navajo Reservation. It is formed by the confluence of two ancient rivers, and while it is nowhere as deep as the Grand Canyon a hundred miles away, it’s walls are over 600 feet deep in most places and much deeper in some. Ruins built into the cliff walls show that the canyon...

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2012Hot2Cold

May 3, 2011 - Canyon De Chelly

Dixie (Stone Canyon Inn - Bryce Canyon) had recommended that we be sure to see this. We tried when we left last winter, but it was too cold. Timing was perfect and it was on the way....sooooo Canyon De Chelly is in the northeast area of Arizona. We drove through some really desolate areas to get here - mostly Native American land. It's a very scenic drive, but sure not a thriving economy area. However, we were really impressed with the Canyon. We spent several days in a just renovated Federal RV Park that wasn't collecting fees yet - really...

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May 28, 2010 - Canyon de Chelly, Chinle, AZ

Chinle, AZ Canyon De Chelly NM Our drive, Hwy 264, from the Grand Canyon was across the desolate mesas of the Navajo Nation. We stayed in the NM on one of a few sites larger enough for the Alfa. We spent one day driving the rim of the canyon to view many of the cliff dwellings. We spent a day with a Navajo native who took us in his jeep exploring the bottom of the Canyon. He was an excellent guide pointing out cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, relating stories of the past and helping us to understand native life today. He showed us his...

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Western US 2010

May 20, 2010 - Canyon de Chelly

On the way to Canyon De Chelly we (Gene and Cyndy) stopped at Hubbell Trading Post which is a National historic site full of living history. There is a nice visitors center, with an actual trading post with groceries and drinks and it is also full of beautiful Native American rugs and artwork done by the local Navajo tribe. There is an old stable, blacksmith shop, and old time fencing. You can take a tour of the home, but we did not due to time constraints. It is well worth your time to stop and take a look. We continued on to Canyon de...

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OurTravelsin2010

Mar 21, 2010 - Canyon de Chelly

We left Flagstaff this morning in brisk weather, hoping things would warm up along the way. We had to make the prerequisite stop in Winslow, AZ to sing a few bars of “Standin’ On The Corner” with Heather; then a quick drive through tour of the Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert. From there we turned north into Navajo territory and made another quick stop at the Hubbell trading Post, the oldest continuous run trading post in the United States. Some of the wool rugs, weavings and jewelry here are astounding. We arrived at...

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Mar 18, 2010 - Canyon De Chelly

Arrived at Canyon De Chelly, pronounced “deshay”. This place is a mini grand canyon. You are limited to one trail into the canyon and a north and south rim drive, with many lookouts. You can hire a guide to take you into the canyon for a fee. Nice but like many of the parks very controlled and restricted access.

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