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Desert Wanderings - Monument Valley

sunny 38 °C

The blog today will cover a few days partly because we’ve been busy, partly because we’ve been tapped by heat, and partly due to a lack of stable internet service. I do apologize but the pictures in this chapter will likely make up for the delay.

On our way to Monument Valley, we took a detour to see the only place in the United Staes that 4 States meet in one corner. It is obviously called ‘’Four Corners’’. It sits on Navajo land and they charge $8 a person to see the monument which is seen below. We got our picture taken, and then made the rounds of the Native American vendors. We bought a few items including an arrow from a person who made them right there on site. A bit of a tourist trap but it was nice to support local artists.

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We then drove to Valley of the Gods. You’ll have to wait until my next blog to hear about that adventure and see the pictures. We are going back tomorrow it was such an experience.

We are staying at a KOA right in Monument Valley. The plan was to camp out in Valley of the Gods but the heat is too dangerous right now. Hot (34C), we could manage, dangerous heat (42C) is not smart without a generator to run AC. This is the view from our campsite.

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Today, we drove through Monument Valley. The site is on Navajo land is is run by the Navajo Parks. $8 a person to gain entrance to a 15 mile drive which we used our 4 wheel drive on. While there were cars out there, I wouldn’t recommend it if you like your car!. Picking only some pictures from this drive was nearly impossible but we tried our best to give you the grand scale of the monuments and the colour they held.

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The road around the monuments was VERY rough.

We took several pictures of our awesome truck which is keeping us safe and comfortable during this crazy heat and roads. He is a BEAST.

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Everywhere you go, there is so much native art. From pottery of many styles, to bead work, jewellery and, in Monument Valley, we found these samplers of plants which I found fascinating.

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This evening, there were clouds in the sky and some rain drops followed by heat lightening in the distance. Clouds always make the sunset more dynamic. The heat has settled to 31C, enough for us to sit outside when the sun went down.

This is our sunset view.

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This is heat lightening below the horizon

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Tomorrow is our last day in the area and we plan to go back to the Valley of the Gods. Stay tuned for the exciting story of how this area almost beat us.

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Posted by blgracey 04:05 Archived in USA

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