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  • Day12

    Monument valley- Arrivée

    September 27 in the United States

    Arrivée sur Monument Valley avec le soleil couchant.

    Il a été reproché injustement à Clothilde d'avoir retardé le trajet (petite erreur de copilotage.. ) et d'avoir ainsi loupé le coucher de soleil... Les photos prouvent qu'on n'a rien loupé du tout !

  • Day29

    Day 26: monument valley

    December 25, 2015 in the United States

    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

  • Day17

    21.08. Magnifique

    August 21, 2017 in the United States

    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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  • Day79

    Day 79 - The Searchers

    November 25, 2016 in the United States

    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

    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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  • Day13

    Monument Valley

    May 28, 2017 in the United States

    Départ de Williams direction Monument Valley. Premier arrêt dans un dîner pour le petit dej, un peu de route et un repas tres "healthy" au Burger King, nous voilà à Monument Valley ... des cailloux à se donner des torticolis à perte de vue ...
    Après avoir bu une bière pour soulager la douleur, direction Page.
    La barre des 2000 km est passée ... en 3 jours ... On est la pour rouler ! Oui monsieur !
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  • Day8

    Monument Valley

    May 9, 2015 in the United States

    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

  • Day35

    Monument Valley, Utah

    May 16 in the United States

    We left our motel in Page and travelled through the desert to Monument Valley, stopping at the visitor centre. We then rode about 20 miles to our hotel in Kayenta, a small town miles away from anywhere. A beautiful, sunny day again.

  • Day4

    Monument Valley

    May 18, 2015 in the United States

    Ein weiteres Highlight auf unserer Westküsten-Route - Monument Valley! Einfach beeindruckend. So muss es wohl auf dem roten Planeten Mars aussehen. Beeindruckend was die Natur zu bieten hat in Form und Farbe! Wir sind in einen kleinen Sand-/Gewittersturm geraten - genial! Zwar musste man hier besser auf seine Cam etc aufpassen damit diese danach auch noch funktioniert aber das war es wert! Die Tour durch das Monument war einfach toll mit dem offenen Jeep. Gerade auch für Western-Fans ein muss!Read more

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