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Aug 4, 2014 - Dinosaurs, Monument Valley

When we awoke this morning, the skies were clear and the cool mountain air very refreshing. Hitting the road after scrambled eggs and sausage for breakfast, we went straight and the road to the Grand Canyon turned off to the right. This is very beautiful country and the flora here obviously enjoyed yesterday’s rain immensely. Soon we reached the crest of a hill, and as we entered a small canyon a magnificent sight spread before our eyes – the “Vermillion Cliffs.” These are a deep-red rock formations and huge red mountains that plummet into...

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Jul 18, 2014 - Navajo National Monument, Kayenta, AZ

We arrived at Navajo National Monument late morning. This is a amazing place. Our first stop was the visitor center where we bought some Native American products. We filled up our water bottles and went for a hike. We took the Sandal Trail, 1.3 miles round-trip.

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Bust 'em Ruts 2014

Nov 3, 2013 - Alamosa, CO to Four Corners to Kayenta, AZ

Alamosa, CO to Kayenta, AZ 11-3-13 We got up early, turns out we don’t know how early for sure because of daylight saving time changes. We were on the road by 8:40 (according to the cell phones and GPS) and stopped for gas at 8:48 in Monte Vista CO. ( just west of Alamosa). The road and weather was very good. We drove west…..and uphill. We crossed Wolf Creek pass which is over 10,000 feet according to the signage. The Winnebago was certainly worked hard chugging up that hill. It was snowing but the roads were mostly dry. We drove through...

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Mar 12, 2013 - Monument Valley, Pan-STARRS comet

Day 58 (am temp 31.8) Monument Valley Navaho Tribal Park, Pan-STARRS comet As the name indicates, Monument Valley lies within the extensive Navaho reservation. As such, public access to tribal lands is limited, resulting in minimal self-exploration of the Valley, with only one small drivable loop and one short hiking trail open to the public. With that in mind, I did something a bit out of the ordinary for me – take a tour. The tour was led by Larry, one of the local Navaho’s, and was 3 ½ hours long, taking us into sections of the Park...

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Mar 11, 2013 - Kayak Colorado, Lee's Ferry to Monument Valley

Days 56/57 (am temps 41.5/38.5) Kayak Colorado, Lee’s Ferry to Monument Valley Note: Kayenta is the closest city in the data base to Monument Valley Navaho Tribal Park. Nothing significant to report yesterday. Ran into Yuba City to re-fuel, re-stock, etc. Had considered Kayaking but wind too iffy. March 11: It’s a kayak day! No wind, or very little. A bit nippy, but the sun’s out, with no threat of rain. River’s waiting and the kayak’s itching to get wet. Rivers pose a small challenge, especially when paddling alone, in that I either have...

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Apr 28, 2012 - Navajo National Monument

Saturday, April 28 Navajo National Monument We found this campground in the Monument to be quite pleasant with very few people here. Today, we are doing a couple short hikes, taking pictures of the ledge dwelling, Batatakin which dates back to 1300 and was only occupied for about one generation, and just relaxing in the sun by the RV. There is a 5 mile hike here that only goes on Saturday mornings to the first people who sign up as the park opens at 8 am. Since it was quite chilly this morning, we chose to have a lie in and relax. The hike...

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Aug 11, 2010 - North Rim Grand Canyon

Here we are sitting at the Anasazi Inn at Gray Mountain after a log day travelling.We headed out early to get to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.As we drove in we could see the canyon dropping away on our left side.Once again we were in awe of the immense size and scope of the canyon.The North Rim is quieter and not as commercialised as the South Rim but just as spectacular.The day was a little cloudy and misty but using the binoculars we could see forever.Driving onwards we passed through the Marble Canyon and through a small settlement...

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Mar 22, 2010 - Monument Valley Morning and Navajo National Monument

LAST MORNING IN MONUMENT VALLEY: We get up early again so we can both enjoy first light (my favorite time of day) and Jim can get a few more photos from our terrific vantage point at sunrise in Monument Valley. We stop off at the Kayenta Burger King, for the exceptional Navajo Code-Talker display provided by the owner and son of one of the original Code-Talkers. [We are also pleasantly surprised to learn that this Burger King has nice breakfast biscuits.] An added bonus is the display of the native Hogans (one room adobe/mud and limb...

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Mar 21, 2010 - Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

CAMERON TO MONUMENT VALLEY: The scenery from Cameron to Monument Valley includes sparse vegetation, peaked sand dunes topped with what appears to be black soil, and multi-colored and layered buttes. The colors shift from yellows to orange and then many reds. As we approach the tribal park, some of the peaks are shrouded in what appears to be sand. Since Jim is driving and we find no good spots to pull off the road, I try to capture a few of the most interesting sights for him, which I'm hoping he'll be able to edit and use effectively....

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Feb 9, 2010 - Kayenta, Arizona

We drove on via Kayenta to Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly and have seen spectacular and contrasting landscapes during this time. Much of this part of Arizona seems to consist of flat prairie land stretching as far as you can see in every direction, but with either deep and wide canyons dropping hundreds of feet into the ground (smaller versions of the Grand Canyon) or massive pillars of rock which look completely out of place in the middle of the flat plateau. The earth is a deep red, therefore both the canyons and the rock pillars...

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Jul 26, 2009 - Glenwood Spring CO to Kayenta, AZ

Very busy day yesterday (7/26) we traveled from Glen wood Springs, CO (the city where Doc Holli day died and a good friend of ours was born...right Marinie?) and drove through Utah to Kayenta, AZ. What an amazing drive! We hit Arches National Park...pictures can't do it justice. It is a very different National Park in that your access is very limited. The ecosystem is very fragile and the Park is trying desperately to maintain the beauty for future generations. The arch formations are amazing. Lots of tiny little lizards everywhere...not...

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Apr 16, 2009 - Monument Valley, UT

Next morning, we awoke to snow on the ground. We departed for Monument Valley and took a scenic and paved shortcut that was great. We arrived at our destination, Gouldings, by lunchtime, and were a bit put off by the RV park and associated lodge's open vehicles that held up to a dozen(?) people on benches for the tour of Monument Valley. Some of the staff were a little rude as well as some of the campers, which we rarely enounter. The weather forecast was waffling on the next days's weather too. So we had a big "discussion" together about...

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