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San Juan County

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  • Day13

    Monument Valley

    October 20 in the United States

    Like every true cowboy we road into Monument Valley at sundown.
    I know you’re supposed to leave town at sundown but arriving at sundown still had a certain western theme.

    Not being able to find the local saloon we tried the RV Park to feed, water and bed down our trusty RV for the night whilst we rustled us up some bacon ‘n beans.
    It was good to see the people here were into the spirit of the Wild West too as they fleeced us just like any crooked gambling house would to a couple of green horns new to town. They made the casinos in Las Vegas seem like amateurs as far as squeezing tourists go.

    Our opinion of the US being third world remains.
    Here they have converted old pickups into tour vehicles. The conversion consists of bolting three rows of old school bus seats to the back, that’s it, not even seat belts are added.

    There is a part of Monument Valley that is a loop road, this has been closed off with a gate and entry booth as this is all traditional land.
    It costs $US20 to pass here and go a 100 metres to a car park.
    Here for the privilege of paying $US80+tax per person first you make sure you are rugged up against dust and the cold before climbing aboard one of these rat rod limousines that travel over roads so bad they must be deliberately made that way so no other vehicles can use them because even nature can’t be that mean.

    This tour lasts for a couple of hours and most of it seems to be taken up watching some poor Navajo woman who has been roped into weaving traditional Navajo rugs, using traditional Chinese wool on a traditional loom made in Taiwan.
    This is unless for $US140 + tax, you take the all day tour. I couldn’t find any sadists, well still alive that is, to find out about this harrowing experience but it didn’t matter as we left all this stuff pretty much alone.

    What we did do though was to drive along the public highway that runs through Monument Valley, pulling over every few hundred metres for photos, tea and meal breaks or just to stop and gaze.
    Thats the way to do it and at one stop we were approached by an American family asking us if we knew about the tours. This was our big chance, having been done over in Deadwood we decided to return the favour and put the boot in.
    A few others picked up on the conversation and in the end we had a small crowd gathered around listening to us describe the best way to tour Monument Valley.
    They all took us seriously and said how fortunate it was to run into us for advice. This made us realise how easy it is to get tourists in, just like the locals have been doing for years with their over priced junker tours.

    With the aura of Las Vegas still around and dollar signs spinning like slot machines dials in our eyes we couldn’t help but think of the possibles in the tourist trade here. One thing our friendly crowd said was how funny it was that we Australians were telling Americans how to tour their own country, they thought that was great.
    Now this gave us a great idea. Our company has to have an Australian flavour yet be relevant to what people are use to here... you’re already guessed it, Ned Kelly Tours.
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  • Day201

    Kane Gulch

    October 16 in the United States

    We capped off our two-day break from Canyonlands by hiking down Kane Gulch four miles to where it meets Grand Gulch. Grand Gulch contains one if the richest stretches of cliff dwellings in the Four Corners area. But we're saving that for another visit so stopped at the intersection to visit Junction Ruin.

    While Junction Ruin appears conventional in a ruined sort of way the real attraction is the midden spilling down the hill. BLM has it fenced off but you still get a keen sense of what these people threw out just by examining the edge of the pile. Potsherds, corn cobbs, charcoal and stuff we didn't even recognize. All of which we put carefully back on the pile if we picked it up.Read more

  • Day31

    Halls Crossing, USA

    July 16, 2017 in the United States

    Hier, nous sommes allés faire une balade en bateau sur le lac Powell. Tout le monde se moquait de nous car notre bateau allait à la vitesse de Land Cruiser (un de nos doudous tortue). Du coup on n'a rien pu voir, juste l'entrée d'un joli canyon... avant de devoir rebrousser chemin. Normalement ce bateau aurait dû aller à la vitesse d'un jet-ski.

    Olivier

  • Day28

    Dead Horse Point State Park 1/2, USA

    July 13, 2017 in the United States

    Nous avons fait du géocatching dans le parc "dead horse". Nous en avons fait deux. Le premier "trésor" était caché sur le sol derrière des cailloux. Et le second sous un buisson.

    La légende de ce parc dit que les cowboys enfermaient les chevaux sauvages dans un enclos au bord d'une falaise. Ils en choisissaient quelques uns et les autres ils les laissaient mourir de soif, au bord de cette falaise étroite avec vue sur le rio Colorado.

    Olivier
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  • Day29

    Dead Horse Point State Park 2/2, USA

    July 14, 2017 in the United States

    Le 14 juillet, Marion (notre grande sœur) et Flavien (son amoureux) nous ont rejoints. L'aéroport où ils ont atterri n'était tellement pas fréquenté qu'ils sont arrivés dans un mini avion de 8 places. Nous sommes donc allés les chercher. Puis nous sommes allés voir le coucher de soleil dans un canyon. C'était très joli.

    Amélie

  • Day174

    Deja View

    September 19 in the United States

    We returned to Canyonlands NP for the fall tour as campground hosts. Greeting us are multi-colored rocky spires and campers with fascinating life stories. The beauty also attracts friends as our ranger compatriot Paula from Hovenweep and long-time friends from Ft Collins, Linda and John Mahan, have also sync'd visits to the park with our tenure.

  • Day193

    Canyonlands Groupies

    October 8 in the United States

    Our friends Deborah and Bruce Burton are hooked on Canyonlands. Last year they tented during a one-week visit. This time they rented a small trailer. It was nice having them "co-hosting" as we did lots of hiking and cooking and escaped to Durango during a couple of rainy days.

  • Day13

    Tag 12: Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon

    September 2 in the United States

    Von Page ging es heute zum Horseshoe Bend - einer hufeisenförmigen Schlinge des Colorado River. Nach einem Fußmarsch von etwa einem Kilometer kommt man direkt zu den Klippen - auf einer Höhe von etwa 1300 Metern gelegen. Etwa 300 Meter unterhalb der schroffen Felshänge (eine Absperrung gibt es hier nicht wirklich) hat man die Möglichkeit, Bootstouren auf dem Colorado River zu machen.

    Nach dem Horseshoe Bend ging es ein paar Kilometer weiter ins Navajo-Land zum Antelope Canyon - dem meistbesuchte Slot Canyon im Südwesten der USA. Die beeindruckenden Felsformationen des Sandsteins sind durch den Antelope Creek, einen etwa 30 km langen Bach gebildet worden - der aber nur selten bei Sturzregen Wasser führt.

    Einfach beeindruckend, welch unterschiedliche Naturphänomene man hier auf recht kleinem Raum erleben kann.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

San Juan County, مقاطعة سان خوان, Сан Хуан, সান জুয়ান কাউন্টি, Condado de San Juan, San Juani maakond, San Juan konderria, شهرستان سن‌خوآن، یوتا, Comté de San Juan, San Juan megye, Սան Խուան շրջան, Contea di San Juan, サンフアン郡, San Juan Comitatus, San Juan Kūn, Dziłditłʼoii Bił Hahoodzo, Hrabstwo San Juan, سان جوان کاؤنٹی, Comitatul San Juan, Сан-Хуан, Округ Сан Хуан, سان خوان کاؤنٹی، یوٹاہ, Quận San Juan, Condado han San Juan, 聖胡安縣

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