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May 1, 2013 - Navajo Tribal Park

Yesterday we had scheduled a valley tour. The wind started blowing along with the red sand. It was so bad we could not see the valley from our campsite! We rescheduled our tour this morning. It was cool but at least the wind was not blowing. Our started at 8:45 am for 3.5 hours. Our guide was Navajo and his name was Mike! Our first stop was at a Hogan witch is a round hut with stove in the center. These are for women as they have 9 log base and is round. Why? It is 9 months to carry a child and shape is womb. We watch her take the wool and...

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Apr 29, 2013 - Monument Valley, Utah

We left about 8:30 from Durango, Co and headed west for Monument Valley. We stopped at the. Four Corners Monument Tribal Park. This where the four states meet. Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. It is on tribal lands so you have to pay $3.00 per person. You could not believe the 2 cars in front of us turned around. They have Indian vendors there in booths selling their handmade wares. It is done very nicely. I had a picture taken of us but the guy cut our legs off and then the camera needed batteries. So ended up walking around looking...

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Apr 24, 2013 - Stops in the Navajo Reservation

The next two stops on our trip north were located on the Navajo Reservation – Canyon de Chelly National Monument and Monument Valley. In both places, access is restricted to certain areas unless accompanied by a Navajo guide Canyon de Chelly National Monument was formed to preserve the canyon, upper rim and pueblo ruins of the Navajo. There are two scenic drives along the rim and one trail that doesn’t require a guide. We drove the 17 mile South Rim Scenic Drive and stopped at a number of overlooks. The drive ends at an overlook called...

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Mar 24, 2013 - off off road

Yesterday we drove the parts of Monument Valley Tribal Park that are accessible to everyone. But we wanted to see more, so we hired a local Navajo woman with a Jeep who was authorized to take us wherever we wanted to go, which turned out to be wherever she thought we would like. It was fun with someone who spent her life so differently from us. While she had spent 13 years working in Phoenix, she had never been out of the Four Corners area. Her grandma's home was near one of the valley monoliths and she grew up here and missed it very much...

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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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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 - 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 - 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 - 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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