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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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May 12, 2016 - Monument Valley, Utah

Spectacular! We took an 8 hour tour of the Monument Valley Tribal Park, and was it ever fabulous. It was hard not to just keep snapping photos, so I took quite a few. Our guide was Larry, a local Navajo who shared so much geographical and historic information about the area. He brought us into areas restricted to all but local Navajos. Some of these areas had well preserved petroglyphs (drawings on the stone) as well as ancient ruins, both on the ground on on the cliffs. Larry had been giving tours for 38 years and will soon retire. Of...

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May 11, 2016 - 4 Corners and Monument Valley, Utah

Another fun day with spectacular scenery. We left Cortez and headed for 4 Corners, where Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah come together. You can be in all 4 states at once. The roads were a bit bouncy at first, then bumpy for a little while. This was such a a change as they have been mostly smooth. Luckily it didn't lady too long. The land is so barren in most places, yet very pretty with the mountains and rocks in the background. There were lots of little gulleys/narrow canyons along the road 4 Corners is in the middle of nowhere....

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May 10, 2016 - Goulding's Campground and the Sunset Tour

After traveling several isolated roads through Navajo territory in Arizona yesterday, I wasn't expecting much in the way of a campground in Monument Valley. Boy was I wrong. Goulding's Lodge and Campground is nestled in a sandstone canyon just inside Utah. Although I often find the barrenness of scrub brush, red sand, and giant mesas somewhat blah, this area is just gorgeous. Goulding's is a former trading post dating from the 1920s. When the Depression hit it became apparent a new source of income was needed. Hearing that movie companies...

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Headed West 2016

Mar 10, 2016 - Beautiful Santa Fe and Monstrous Monument Valley

This morning we checked out of La Fonda and ventured to Loretto Chapel with its miraculous staircase. Two mysteries surround the spiral staircase in the Loretto Chapel: the identity of its builder and the physics of its construction. When the Loretto Chapel was completed in 1878, there was no way to access the choir loft twenty-two feet above. Carpenters were called in to address the problem, but they all concluded access to the loft would have to be via ladder as a staircase would interfere with the interior space of the small...

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Oct 20, 2015 - Moving on South to Monument Valley

It's getting cooler here and, with no progress on fixing the Jeep overheating problem, we hit the road south. Monument Valley was the destination for the day. It was dull, grey, and overcast and it rained heavy as we approached Monument Valley. Rain is in the forecast for the next day too. We had a reservation at Gouldings RV Park, about the only game in town, and Wow, it wasn't much of a game. Maybe if the weather was dry, this might be passable for an overnight stay, but with the rain that was falling, red mud flowed around the sites....

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Summer 2015 & Beyond

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