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Apr 19, 2018 - Parker, AZ to Monument Valley, UT

Yesterday went drove from La Paz County Park near Parker to Flagstaff. We got out early to try to beat wind forecast for the lower desert - and we succeeded. We had an easy drive. It was interesting to watch the terrain change from desert to high desert to mountains. We got off I-40 at Seligman & drove on Route 66 for almost 20 miles before getting back on I-40. We even saw a number of Burma Shave sign series. We were in our site in Flagstaff mid-afternoon. The temperature started dropping late afternoon & it was 30 when we got up this...

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Apr 15, 2018 - Contest: Where in the World is Joey Bliss?

Hello all. We had an awesome day today traveling out about a 50 radius of Monument Valley; however, we are not going to post this evening about our adventures. We will wait until tomorrow evening and then post about today and what we do tomorrow. Instead, tonight we are going to try to begin a fun contest. We hope it works, but if it doesn’t…oh well! We are going to call the contest, “Where in the world is Joey Bliss”. The way it works is that whenever we find a very special place, we will post a picture there with Joey along with a short...

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Apr 14, 2018 - Monument Valley

This is Emily writing tonight. We made it to Monument Valley. The Native Americans know how to do it right. Lots of land and there is not a condo to be seen. I am so glad to see so much open space. It is stunning. Monument Valley is aptly named. The land has eroded away from giant rocks leaving the most beautiful rock formations I have seen. I hate to confess that it may surpass Joshua Tree as my favorite park. Jocelyn, you don’t have to worry that we should have come to it. There are no RVs allowed in the Valley. It is a 17mile dirt road...

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Apr 14, 2018 - Monument Valley

. My bucket list has had "Monument Valley" on it for years, and finally a chance to see it, the place that made John Wayne a star in the 1939 film "Stagecoach", and introduced the public to this amazing land. . The Navajo tribe was in serious trouble in the 1930's, no employment, and facing starvation. When he heard that movie director John Ford was planning to shoot a new western,...

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Apr 13, 2018 - Sedona to Monument Valley UT

On Wednesday this week we left the hedonistic "RV Resort" near Phoenix and visited friends Jan and David Sulzen in Prescott AZ. They gave us a wonderful tour of the city and a great dinner. Thanks so much!!! We then traveled a few miles north and stayed over near Cottonwood AZ. Thursday we visited an old hippy city called Jerome AZ and then after a great lunch downtown Cottonwood we visited the Tuzigoot pueblo National Monument. They are unsure of exactly when this pueblo was occupied, but feel it had over 100 rooms. We then traveled on to...

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Oct 1, 2017 - Monument Valley, UT

Oct 1-3 Goulding's Monument Valley Campground, Utah Goulding's Trading Post, Lodging and Campgrounds are the only 1 square mile privately owned property in this part of Monument Valley. This is an excellent place to stay, in campground or lodge, as Goulding's has had decades to perfect the best experiences for the guests be it dining, shopping, hiking or touring. We took Goulding's 2.5 hour tour of the monuments with a couple visiting from the Netherlands. We took this tour a few years ago and it was great to see and photograph the...

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Fall 2017

Sep 16, 2017 - Native Americans

For the previous days we had explored the Ancients, the Puebloan settlers throughout the Colorado-Utah-Arizona area (the Four Corners area). There was much to learn and we were on information overload. Saturday, Sunday and Monday we learned about modern Native Americans. We began on Saturday visiting the Navajo Museum in Window Rock AZ. The Navajo reservation covers nearly 20% of Arizona. Thanks to a Treaty ratified by Congress in 1867 the land is theirs 'forever.' They are the Navajo Nation. An influential chief advocated for...

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Jun 7, 2017 - Flagstaff to Monument Valley

Flagstaff to Monument Valley Day 2: Tuesday June 6, 2017 It was clear and cool (68 degrees) when we pulled out of J&H RV Park at 7:30 am Tuesday morning. Our destination was Goulding RV Park in Monument Valley. We headed north on US 89 climbing some as we crossed the east end of the San Francisco Peaks. The land north of the San Francisco Peaks is barren high desert in the Navajo Reservation. The first item of interest was the old bridge over the Little Colorado River at Cameron. For years the Little Colorado was a formidable barrier to...

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May 22, 2017 - Monument Valley

/// Goulding’s Camp Park Monument Valley, UT May 22, 2017 A Travel Day: For Leg #2 of our summer travels we got an earlier than planned start. Nancy is always ready early. I took my time, making sure that I stayed with my departure routine. We pulled out of the Distant Drums RV Resort in Camp Verde, AZ just after 8:00 a.m. Our route today would take us north on I-17 to Flagstaff, I-40 east for just a few miles to the Jct. of US 89 N; US 160 east & US 163 north to Monument Valley, UT. A distance of 230 miles. The weather forecast was perfect...

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May 1, 2017 - Monument Valley

Well we made it. We are back in South Carolina. One of our last stops was at Monument Valley. I could just imagine John Wayne riding in the valley as they made the movie "Stage Coach". The valley is so large and the rocks so big. We also stopped at four corners, Cindy got down with her right foot in Utah, her left foot in Colorado, her right hand in Arizona, and her left hand in New Mexico all at the same time. The weather has been great, the only time we turned on the windshield wipers was for snow at Bryce Canyon. Never for rain. Thanks...

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Apr 1, 2017 - Happy Birthday, Sue

Thursday night, we had some snow. There was a light cover of snow on the ground and it was still snowing. I checked with the shop and the fan clutch was in so we packed up and took Winnie back to Paul Evert's RV Country to get ti installed and to address a couple of other issues that cropped up, namely the coach furnace isn't firing (bad news for a cold night) and a "Service Engine Soon" light was on. The folks at Paul Evert's have been great working us into their schedule and dealing with new issues as they arose. While waiting for the...

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Oct 18, 2016 - Monument Valley, UT

This is the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, on the Navajo Reservation, and NOT a national park. I never knew this and find it interesting. I'm glad the Navajo found a way to promote the remarkable terrain and make it a productive way to preserve it, and produce revenue for the tribe. Just outside the park boundary is the reason for creating the park: the Goulding business park. Starting in the 30's a man named Henry Goulding opened a trading post here that expanded into an all-purpose tourist stop with hotel and restaurant services. In...

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