Monument ValleyMay 21 in the United States
What a view!😍
What a view!😍
For the majority of the journey, in the distance we could see, if awake, dark looming clouds. These eventually formed the almost predictable thunderstorms. Fortunately they always seemed to be just ahead - cars coming the other way had lights on & we were often driving on wet surfaces. In some ways it added interest to the drive - the roads were dead straight with limited interest - a silo of some sort that looked like a giant slide was the most exciting talking point. By the time we got to Kayenta - about 30 miles from Monument Valley, the storm had hit, was getting pretty vicious & the rain was torrential. There'd been a few signs refering to flooding along the way. Went over a couple of raging torrents that almost certainly were dried river beds yesterday. Our first glimpse of the buttes were shrouded in cloud, rain and with shards of lightning threatening them periodically. The rain let up a little as we approached & checked in but the usual sunshine drenched views of the valley weren't going to happen. Torrential rain in the desert - couldn't make it up. Checked in & we had one of only 6 out of the 96 not to have a view. Wonder why? Eventually things cleared a little - had an explore. Saw John Wayne's favourite view - supposedly. Had some traditional Navajo stew - what on earth is hominy?Read more
Just on the Utah/Arizona valley, an area of vast sandstone buttes. Ann was very disappointed that I had failed to book the nearby Tipis for our stay...NOT.
2 hour drive from Page. Arrived 11.30 then did the 18 mile drive round the tribal park.
Stood on the corner at Winslow AZ. Detour to the Meteor Crater then off to Monument Valley. 290 miles plus trip round the park. Looking forward to Dinner at the View Hotel.
Our first stop in Monument Valley, the Three Sisters.
The Cube is a massive boulder that is shaped like a Cube. Ollie, Steve and I made a balanced rock castle. Ollie and I tried to lift the Cube up.
The Rain God Mesa is a big rock that has lots of unique holes in the side of it. Our second stop, the Rain God Mesa.
Artist Point is a lookout over most of Monument Valley.
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