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  • Day16

    Monument Valley, AZ

    October 14 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Danach sind wir weiter Richtung Monument Valley gefahren, was man von verschiedenen Filmszenen oder Werbungen kennt. Leider hat unser Navi uns erst zu einer falschen Stelle gelotst, und dann steckten wir noch gut 2 Stunden in einer Vollsperrung fest, weil dort ein ziemlich heftiger Unfall passiert ist. So hatten wir im Monument Valley dann leider nur noch eine gute Stunde, bis die Sonne unterging, sodass wir leider keine Zeit mehr hatten, den Scenic Drive zu fahren. Wir sind dann einfach ein bisschen herumgewandert und haben die Aussicht auf uns wirken lassen, was auch schon ziemlich beeindruckend war.Read more

  • Day8

    Oljato Monument Valley

    June 6 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Heute führte uns die Reise weiter in den Bundesstaat Arizona! Auf dem Weg dahin machten wir Halt am Horseshoe Bend. Es war schon ziemlich heiss um die Uhrzeit und mir hat kurz der Kreislauf ein Schnippchen geschlagen. 🤢🙄 Dazu hunderte plappernde asiatische Touristen mit keinerlei Manieren, das war zuviel...
    Es ging aber zum Glück schnell besser und wir sind weiter zum Antelope Canyon. DER Wahnsinn. Aber seht selbst auf den Bildern. ☺
    Jetzt sitzen wir nach einem super leckeren Abendessen von Rosalyn (unserer Airbnb Gastgeberin) vor unserer Cabin mitten im Monument Valley und geniessen die Aussicht.
    Natürlich durfte vorher ein Stopp beim Forrest-Gump-Point nicht fehlen. Micha ist ganz filmreif nachgejoggt. 🤩
    Nun freuen wir uns auf die Navajo Geschichten von Rosalyn und sagen gute Nacht, bis morgen!
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  • Day10

    Monument Valley

    May 18 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Nach einer Nacht im Auto direkt vor den ersten grossen Steinen im Monument Valley den Sonnenaufgang erlebt!
    Sehr grandios, danach frühstücken und weiter bis Kanab  kurz vorm Zion Np und Bryce Canyon! Red horse bound (Gran canyon) besichtigt! Wir wollten in den Antelope canyon, aber leider war alles ausgebucht, da es Navajo Gebiet ist, kommt man auch nur mit geführten Touren dort hinein.
    Motel Rock Inn, endlich duschen und ab in die City ein Bierchen trinken!
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  • Day29

    Day 26: monument valley

    December 25, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ❄️ -1 °C

    we left Durango well the town we stayed at anyway and started heading to the grand canyon. oh by the way it was Christmas! so got to enjoy a white Christmas. on the way we stopped at monument valley the views and landscape around here was magnificent especially with the snow everywhere too. we stopped at some place for lunch there got some really nice pics and then kept moving on.Read more

  • Day79

    Day 79 - The Searchers

    November 25, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 36 °F

    A landmark day today, passing the 10 000 mile mark (whoop whoop). A familiar four hour drive, this time heading straight into the desert.

    The mountains made way for hills, which made way for shrubs, which made way for dirt. It was fascinating to see the terrain change so quickly. There was one thing we wanted to see on the way and that was the Four Corners where New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah meet. It was a little off track from our route and when we got there we were disappointed to find that it was closed. We were not the only ones surprised that it was closed as other drivers were at the entrance double checking that it was indeed closed. We didn't think to check as it was Thanksgiving yesterday, but it turns out that it is Family Day today. Fair enough. We got back in the car and continued to our destination, Monument Valley.

    As we approached the familiar looking monuments they can't fail to impress. Out of a seemingly desolate environment, these huge monoliths have a great deal of character. Due to their size it seemed to take an age before we were near to them. The monuments themselves are in Navajo territory and today we passed them as near as we could. We would be getting a lot nearer tomorrow as we had a three hour tour planned.

    For the rest of day, we checked into our hotel room and put our feet up for a bit. We also had a balcony with a sublime view of the monuments that we ensured we admired. We then decided to stretch our legs and pop to a local store that seemed much closer than it actually was. It was good exercise and resulted in aquiring another memento from the trip. When we got back to the hotel I noticed a two dollar bill in my wallet! At first I thought I had been done by the oldest trick in the how to fool a tourist handbook. It looked genuine enough. A look online and it turned out they are legal tender with only about 1.5 million in circulation, thereby turning them into something of a party piece with many Americans unaware of their existence. I then got carried away thinking it was incredibly rare due to the year it was circulated but that turned out to be a misnomer and it is still worth a total of two dollars. Either way, a cool addition to the mementos and sorry America, you've only got 1,499,999 two dollar notes left. With all this excitement, a quiet evening ahead was needed.

    Song of the Day:
    The Proclaimers - 500 miles (closest to a song about 10 000 miles!)
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  • Day80

    Day 80 - The Sound Of Silence

    November 26, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 54 °F

    Our tour around Monument Valley was to start at 2:30pm and we had zero plans for the morning. I was pretty pleased to find that we had NBC Sports in our room and I could watch a Premier League game in bed. A great start to a promising day.

    We had a big lunch before heading off as the tour was scheduled to last for three hours. Yesterday it was warm in the sun and cold out of it. Today the sun was hiding behind a blanket of clouds which meant Alice and I ensured we were layered up as we assumed it would get cold. When the pick-up truck with seats, a roof and exposed sides pulled up to whisk us into the desert, we were pleased we had all those layers on. It was the drive to the Valley itself that was the coldest part because on entering the park, the gravelly road meant we weren't able to drive fast and therefore increase the chill factor.

    Our first stop was the visitor centre where we had a nice panoramic view of some of the most recognisable monuments here, including left mitten and right mitten. We had ten minutes to take photos and look around before we were back in the pick-up. Our tour guide was a local who was very informative throughout, doling out facts and trivia which were relayed to us in the back. He also had a wit that was as dry as the dirt around us and if it wasn't for his chuckle that followed each retort I dont think the others on the trip would have realised they were jokes. Only Alice and I seemed to appreciate the humour. The tour from this point on mainly involved driving for five minutes, letting us out of the back to take photos and then rounding us up and putting us back in again, each time getting further into the park. The tour guide pointed out interesting things to look at, like the monument that looked like snoopy on his back or the monument that looked like a sleeping dragon. It was a monument version of magic eye that once seen was both impressive and rewarding. The one that took me a while to get was near an area called Big Hogan. Here we were led into an exposed area of rock and we were asked to lean against a slanted layer of rock so that we were looking skywards at a hole in the exposed rock. The tour guide said if you look carefully you can see an eagles head, side profile on with the hole as the eye. A few furrowed brows later and there it was, as clear as... an image of something in the rock. It was fantastic to see and added a great deal of character to the various areas we visited.

    As part of the tour we were taken to a private part of the park where families lived in hogans which are house made from wood and layers of earth. We watched a woman spindle some yarn incredibly quick as we were informed about how rugs were made traditionally. The woman also braided the hair of a girl who was one of the tour group in a knot that was unique to her tribe. The tour guide explained that the warm hogan that we were in was made from wood timbers, layered with the bark of that wood on top of the timbers and then earth on top of that. There were no joins or gaps as we each inspected the interior and marvelled at its build. The cold hit us again as soon as we were out and back in the pick-up. A few more stop-off points later and it was beginning to get dark. One of the most interesting things that we saw before the darkness engulfed us were wall paintings that were from the Anasazi people who lived here a thousand years ago. They were mainly of antelope and the sun and the moon and they were pretty amazing. The drive back from our furthest point in the desert was noticeable for its lack of sound and increasing darkness. Our tour guide at one point said he would sing to us a tradition song of his people, and he begun singing jingle bells. A chuckle later and he started to sing a soft, slow chanting song that was fitting for the mood.

    On arrival back at the motel, Alice and I were exhausted even though we hadn't actually done much. Maybe it was all those trips in and out of the pick-up. We decided on an early one. Today was another fun and insightful day that will live long in the memory.

    Song of the Day:
    Simon & Garfunkel - The Sound Of Silence
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  • Day17

    21.08. Magnifique

    August 21, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Wow, das war vielleicht ein Tag. Eigentlich nur ein Fahrtag von Bryce ins Monument Valley. Aber der wurde alles andere als langweilig.
    Also, angefangen hat es heute Morgen mit dem Sonnenaufgang über dem Bryce Canyon. Ich hoffe, dass ich dieses magische Licht der ersten Sonnenstrahlen nie vergessen werde. Dabei erstrahlt der ganze rötliche Canyon in einem warmen Orange und sieht dabei so friedlich und stark zugleich aus.
    Dafür hat sich das Aufstehen mehr als gelohnt.
    Nach dem Frühstück haben wir uns dann auf die Fahrt begeben und hatten erstmal Zeit zum Nachschlafen. So zwischen zehn und elf legten wir dann eine Pause ein, um zum ersten Mal zur Sonne zu schauen. Ich glaube zwar, dass es in der Zeitung stand, aber wir durften heute eine Sonnenfinsternis miterleben. An unserem Standort waren es nur 80% Verdunkelung, aber dennoch ein ganz besonderes Spektakel.
    Gegen Mittag kamen wir dann am Lake Powell an und sind zu aller erst eine Runde ins Wasser gegangen. Sowohl die Wasser- als auch die Außentemperatur waren angenehm. Danach gab es noch ein Vesper und dann ging es auch schon wieder auf die Strecke. Am späteren Nachmittag kamen wir dann hier am Campingplatz an und haben uns im Visitorcenter ein paar Infotafeln über die hier lebenden Ureinwohner, den Stamm der Navajo, durchzulesen. Danach gab es ein gemütliches Abendessen mit grandioser Aussicht und etwas bewölktem Sonnenuntergang. Jetzt sitze ich draußen, während ich hier tippe und genieße die kühle Nachtluft und zumindest teilweise Stille.
    Ich freue mich sehr auf das Programm morgen früh, kleiner Tipp, es geht um mein liebstes Hobby😉
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  • Day8

    Monument Valley

    May 9, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Vandaag zijn we naar Monument Valley gereden, door de wind, door de regen, door de sneeuw (!). Daisy had de tijd van haar leven... Ter plaatse kregen we een private tour van een Navajo Native American. Gedurende meer dan 2u hebben we in een fantastisch landschap enorm veel bijgeleerd over de geschiedenis en hedendaagse gebruiken van de Navajo. Vanavond opnieuw inpakken en op naar Bryce Canyon!Read more

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