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Aug 16, 2014 - OH MY GOODNESS

Yes, we know that "Oh My Goodness" is Shirley Temple's line, but it describes perfectly our reactions of the past two days. We reluctantly left Moab heading to Monument Valley which required a drive through Valley of the Gods and beauty beyond description, Then our arrival in Monument Valley, a Navajo tribal park of 30,000 acres located within the Navajo reservation, was just more of the continuing rewards of this trip. A tour through parts of the valley today with a Navajo guide just activated our senses even more. God prepared a...

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Westward Ho

May 12, 2014 - Monument Valley

Checked out of the town with hardly anyplace to eat and headed for Monument Valley. As usual we had nice views of changing landscape along the way. Nearing Mexican Hat, UT, we spotted a rock formation with a teetering rock on top of it. Turned out to be Mexican Hat Rock and the rock at the top looks live an upside down sombrero! We drove down a dirt road to get a closer look and had to turn out for a couple large trucks zooming along. They were coming from some kind of mining operation and the internet tells me there is a lot of uranium and...

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2014 Southwest Trip

May 5, 2014 - Box Canyon

Box Canyon is owned by the Goulding Family and is accessible only by guided tour. This was part of an all day tour. Some additional sites on the Anasazi and Ancient Pueblo People. Canyon of the Ancients Canyon of the Ancients Anasazi and Ancient Pueblo People

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May 5, 2014 - Mystery Valley

Mystery Valley is owned by the Navajo Nation and is accessible only by guided tour. This was part of an all day tour. Some additional sites on the Anasazi and Ancient Pueblo People. Canyon of the Ancients Canyon of the Ancients Anasazi and Ancient Pueblo People

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May 4, 2014 - Goulding's Campground

We will be staying here for 4 Nights The Hogan Wikipedia Many things to see. A day trip Tour Of: Box Canyon Mystery Valley Monument Valley Another day trip to: Goosenecks State Park (Utah) Valley of the Gods Natural Bridges National Park

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Oct 6, 2013 - Day Trip: Monument Valley, UT and AZ

I can describe today in one long sentence. We pay money to take a 3 ½ hour ride on a slightly chilly day in the back of an open jeep, over dusty and bumpy gravel roads, to take pictures of named rocks that we have seen in the movies. It is a great day! Our guide is a little difficult to understand at times. He has a sense of humor. He sings Navajo chants. He ends the chant with, “Your Turn.” We try it. We are staying at Gouldings Campground. The Goulding Enterprise has a monopoly here. There is a lodge, restaurant, convenience store, gas...

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Oct 5, 2013 - Monument Valley, UT

We stop in Durango for breakfast. It is Saturday. People are waiting for the train. There is a farmers market. There is going to be a parade. We park next to one of the parade horses. After breakfast and a grocery stop, we are on our way west on Route 160. We have views of the San Juan Mountains. We pass Mesa Verde National Park. Of course, it is closed. We arrive in Cortez. Route 160 turns to the south and then the west. “Stop” I yell to John. There is a trading post with very large arrows in the ground. How can we pass this up? They have...

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Oct 3, 2013 - Monument Valley

The next on our trio of bucket destinations was Monument Valley. Once again, it was a "one-horse town" which is to say there was only one choice for a campground--Gouldings. But at least this campground had full hookups, WiFi and Cable TV, or that's what they said anyway. Ok, two out of three isn't bad. The hookups were fine (and so welcome after having none at Canyon de Chelly) and the cable TV worked well. The WiFi was another matter. We were so excited to find our site right next to the repeater, but our joy was short lived. It is very...

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Sep 21, 2013 - Monument Valley

We stayed one night at Monument Valley to catch what we thought was the west mitten mesa's shadow on the east mitten mesa. However we were given bum info and were about a week late. If you want to be there for that show, you must plan on March 30th or September 13th each year. I put a pic from the 2010 trip when we were only a day late. But we met some new friends, Linda & Rusty from Queensland, Australia. And we got some nice shots of Monument Valley. Impressive at any time of the year.

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May 17, 2013 - Monument Valley

This park , named Tse'Bii'Ndzisgaii in the Navajo language, is a sprawling, sandy preserve that spans the border between Arizona and Utah, bathing the region in rich red hues. It is dominated by crimson mesas and surreal sandstone towers, some as tall as 1,000 feet. It is located inside the Navajo Nation Monument Valley, around four hours northeast of Flagstaff, near the Four Corners area. Now part of the Colorado Plateau, Monument Valley was once a simple flat basin. Over many years, layers of sediment piled onto the basin, which was...

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May 2, 2013 - Yesterdays photo's and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

We arrived at Page, AZ. It was a 2hr drive from Monument Valley. The town of Page was started in 1957 as a construction camp for the workers on the giant hydroelectric project known as the Glen Canyon Dam. It was named after John C. Page, who served as commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation in the Roosevelt administration from 1937-43. He died in 1955 without seeing the completion of the dam. Lake Powell is 186 miles long and has 1,960 miles of shoreline, which is longer than the entire west coast the continental United States. Lake...

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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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