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Mar 23, 2013 - when is now?

Some day soon we are going to have to head for home. To that end we've been working our way east along the AZ-UT border 150 miles at a time. This has been much more confusing than it needs to be. When we left Arizona in February it was an hour ahead of California. However, the state generally does not follow Daylight Savings Time, which most of us changed to a few weeks ago. Utah definitely did. Some of the Indian reservations in this area do follow Daylight Savings Time, but not all. We start the check-in process at every new campground...

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Oct 23, 2012 - Another Senior Moment

The forecast for this morning was 34F but fortunately it is 52F with a stiff breeze because we took a 3 1/2 hour guided tour of Monument Valley in an open air tour truck. I don't know how to describe the beauty of what mother nature has created here so I'll include some pictures that still don't do it justice. After lunch we went up to the Museum that tells of the history of Gouldings Trading Post, On the way back we stopped by the grocery store to pick up a couple of items while there Mary got a couple cans of cat food and a litter box for...

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Oct 22, 2012 - Stopped At Four Corners

On the way to Monument Valley we stopped at Four Corners another item on my bucket list where NM, Co, Ut & Az all meet at one point, Mary bought a couple of pieces of Navajo jewelry, Mary took my picture with each hand and foot in a different state. Before leaving we bought a Navajo taco for lunch it was very good but for $10 each we thought it should at least have had a little meat on it instead it was only topped with beans, lettuce, tomatoes and onions. Two lane highway all the way that was a combination of newly redone and smooth to old...

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Oct 19, 2012 - Mummies to Monuments

We began the day with a trip back up the south rim to buy a rock painting from an artist we’d met yesterday, but did not find on our way back off the rim. We liked Antonio and we like his work, and fortunately he was at his place on the first turnout when we got there. He is a young Navajo man and a single father who supports his two children with his painting. He laughingly says that all his money goes into his house and his kids. He is in the process of completing a 32x32 home he has been working on for 6 or 7 years, and he has it almost...

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2012Hot2Cold

Oct 18, 2012 - Monument Valley UT

Buddy and left Canyon de Chelly early by our standards, about 9am, to head for Monument Valley just over the border in Utah. It is about 120 miles away and a pretty easy drive. It cost $5 to drive into the Navajo Monument Valley visitor center and cost nothing to take my own car and drive for 2.5 hours around the monuments on very bumpy dirt roads. Reminded me of being in Tanzania Africa last year. The monuments are HUGE and even prettier than what we all see in the movies. The nice thing about driving your own car is that you can stop and...

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Oct 9, 2012 - Mexican Hat & Valley of the Gods (Oct.5th)

Took a drive on highway 163 to look at Mexican Hat & Valley of the Gods (north of Monument Valley). The drive through Valley of the Gods is very scenic & definitely worth seeing if your in the area. When leaving Valley of the Gods,we came out on Hwy 261..it lead us to the Moki Dugway,I call it the OMG Road.

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Oct 9, 2012 - Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park (Oct. 4th)

FROM PAMPHLET: The entire Navajo reservation covers one-third of the 130,000 square-mile Colorado Plateau. The Navajo Nation, among its 29,817 sq. mile of endless geological wonders lies a hidden valley & that John Wayne calls Gods treasure. Monument Valley sits at 5,564 ft. above sea level. The park extends into Arizona & Utah, about 91,696 acres. The height of the monuments range from 100 ft. to 1,500 ft. tall. This dry desert climate receives all four seasons. Established in 1958 as a preserved environment by the Navajo Nation Council...

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Oct 9, 2012 - Destination Monument Valley (Oct 3rd)

After having a great time in the Moab area, it was time to move on. Our destination, Monument Valley, Utah/Arizona. We have always wanted to take in Monument Valley, we've seen many a photo & of course we've seen the John Wayne movies highlighting the area. The time had come to take it all in. Our trip took us down Hwy 191.

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Oct 8, 2012 - Monument Valley

We left Moab behind after 10 days and headed to Monument Valley, Utah which is actually on the Utah/Arizona border and is rich Navajo country. I don't mean rich monetarily, but rich in culture, history and spirit. We are staying at Goulding's Monument Valley Camp Park. A little spendy here at $44/night less Good Sam Discount, but a nice park. We planned to stay for three days and decided to take a guided tour of this area. This would let Dale enjoy the sights and not have to drive. There are many tours to chose from, but we chose the all...

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Moab Utah

Sep 28, 2012 - Monument Valley, UT

/// September 28, 2012 Cortez, CO. Later this morning we will be leaving Cortez, CO on a haul of approximately 125 miles to Monument Valley, UT. We plan to stay at the Goulding Resort for two nights while we tour Monument Valley and enjoy what I am anticipating will be an authenic John Wayne experience. // Later: Our route today took us south on Hwy 491, West on Hwy 160, North on Hwy 41 to Utah where this route turned into Hwy 162 to Mexican Hat. Road conditions today were less than favorable. Traffic was light unitl we got closer to...

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Sep 13, 2012 - Monument Valley

Monument Valley. It's hard to find one word or a single photo to describe this area. Spectacular, awesome, beautiful, take your pick. It's one of the most photographed sites in western America, seen in dozens of movies, TV commercials and advertisements. Most of the rock formations are easily recognizable from the various media but to travel thru this sacred Navajo valley is somewhat humbling. Easily the most favorite movie set for John Ford, it was also tops on the list for John Wayne, Henry Fonda and more recently Johnny Depp filming the...

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Sep 12, 2012 - Natural bridges and goosenecks

On the road again, sans RV, north toward Natural Bridges National Monument. The day started somewhat cloudy with infrequent showers. After looking at the maps we decided not to run over to Hovenweep but take the shorter trip to Natural Bridges. We sort of backtracked from the route we took from Moab but knew when we first passed we couldn't drive some of these roads with the Winnebago but we could with the Vue alone. We passed thru Mexican Hat, UT again and were able to photo the town's namesake formation just off the road. A sign along...

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