Sunday, September 22, 2019

Morning at Monument Valley

We are in Seligman now - a short 84 mile drive. But back down to a livable altitude, no wind and warm! 
So here we are going back into Monument Valley early in the morning. Our receipt from the day before got us back in without having to pay again. The sun shining on the rocks is a sight to behold. Here the road was a fine powder red dust. Luckily we were there before the traffic got heavy. A lot of this post will just be scenery. Bill says he feels like he is in a cathedral when here. Neither of us could find a word to really describe the area. Awesome, peaceful, magnificent...none do it justice
Another picture of the mittens, but check out the road. Every once in a while the dirt disappeared and the ragged rocks showed up. Better watch carefully for them because they are rough.
The three sisters with the sun on them. 
The different colors in the rocks fascinate me. Almost makes them look like a woven piece of cloth. 
The famous "point" at John Ford's Point. We went up there the night before so by passed it on the way in. More about the horse and rider later. 
Just scenery. Lots and lots of greenery around. 
Taken out the front windshield. A doggy in the road. Several Navajo families live here in the Valley.
The camel again. He looks kind of snooty. Like he is better then the rest of the formations. 
More rough spots in the road. 

Heading into Sand Springs. A natural aquifer seeps out where the De Chelly and Navajo sandstone formations meet under the sand dune.  Went right next to this rock. Hoped it didn't decide to tip over.
Looking at where the spring is. 

Different colors in the rocks. 
 The big chunks of rock that have broken off and slide down. 
 Eventually will be an arch. Many, many years from now. 
 Just like the look of this piece of rock. 
Organisms caught in the rock. 
 Just to show the size of some of these rocks that have broken off and slid down. 
  WHY? What makes humans do this?
 These little plants were all over, it is actually a bright turquoise color, camera didn't do it justice.
 Heading down the road again. 

Next stop will be Artist's Point. Breathtaking. For the next blog. 
We will be getting ready to leave Flagstaff as soon as it warms up some. Got to mid 30's last night. All we did here in Flagstaff was go out to eat a couple of times. The altitude here really bothers Bill as does the cold.
Did watch the Barcelona soccer game yesterday - boy they played horrible and lost to a not too good team! Then watched the NASCAR race. Parts of it were exciting. My driver finished second, loosing first about 25 laps from the finish. 

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Monument Valley

It was COLD here this morning in Flagstaff. Had the furnace on all night. Got down to 34 and will only make it to 70 today. Right now there is no wind, hope it stays that way. Today will be a relaxing day mostly. Out to breakfast then home to watch a soccer game and then the NASCAR race from Richmond. Tomorrow on the road again, going to Seligman for the night. Today relax. 
So back to Monument Valley. Again there will be lots of pictures and not too much in way of comments.  
We went to eat dinner then go into the park, by then it was after six o'clock - we wanted the effect of the sunset. When we got to the entrance booth the man inside took our $20 then told us the scenic Valley Drive would be closing in three minutes, but our receipt would be good for the next day too. didn't used to close that early. 
So off we went heading to the Valley Drive. Just made it before the gate closed. I have some interesting dash cam videos of the road going in. Will post them when we get home. The views here are awesome. The sun is going down behind us. 

 This formation is called The Elephant, can you see it?
 Lots of red cliffs. 

This is the Three Sisters at John Ford's Point. I have better pictures from the next day.  
 We stopped at John Ford's Point. Where John Ford the movie producer made so may movies. Think John Wayne movies.
These paintings were on the building selling Navajo Fry Bread. Peaceful Spirit series.

 View from that area. More about it when we go back in the morning.  
 Heading back out of the park. This is called The Camel. Use your imagination. 
 Just looking out over the desert.

 The last of the sunlight reflecting on the rock.

One of the mitten formations
 Both of them here  See why they are named the Mittens.
 Cars still leaving the park.

Joking I said lets take a selfie - but had to use the camera to do it. Surprised we were both in it. 
Just scenery. These last few pictures were taken from the terrace of the View Hotel

 Can never get too many pictures.
Did I talk about the KOA in Monument Valley. It is a good place to spend your time there. Much cheaper than Gouldings RV Park. Nice sized pull-throughs, full hook ups. They have WiFi but it is slow when you can pick it up. Our only complaint was - when we came back to the park after visiting Monument Valley in the evening it was dark out. Very hard to find the park's entrance in the dark. Bill mentioned it to the manager. Interesting reason why. The Navajo Nation will not allow any lights in the area because one of the attractions is the brilliant night sky! So no light poles in the RV park and no lights at the entrance. He said it took them over six months to allow them to put a reflective KOA sign by the entrance. 
The next morning we went back into the park when it opened at a little after 8:00 a.m.
Took 303 pictures that day. Will take a while to go through them. We did the entire Valley Drive around the Park. Poor Jeep is pink from all the red dust he has been in lately. 

Friday, September 20, 2019

End of Canyonlands - drive to Monument Valley

Contrary to the title, Hello from Flagstaff, AZ  Bill is not a happy camper today. The road was horrid and the wind was strong enough to move us out of our lane a couple of times. More on that later.
First I want to finish with the pictures from Canyonlands. Didn't take many. We only stopped at a couple of view areas. Continuing on with the Shafer Overlook. Beautiful views every way we looked. 
 See all the old weathered wood there. Was hard to convince Bill not to pick any up. Like what part of go to jail do you not understand. It is pretty though. 

 On to the Green River Overlook. As we drove further into the park, up on the plateau the wind was getting stronger and stronger. 
 Opened the car door and it practically pulled me out of the car. Doesn't that look like a shark fin out there?
 Looking out over the Green River.  By now the dirt flying around was getting in our eyes, ears etc. And starting to sting our legs. 
 The river does actually look kind of green. I have wrap around sun glasses and the dirt was still getting into my eyes. 

 So we didn't spend much time there. Headed back to RV to get ready to leave the next day. 
 Our route from Moab to Monument Valley. Windy all the way. Thank goodness not much traffic. 
Another arch this one is called Wilson Arch. Taken out of a dirty windshield
 Beautiful scenery along the way. Not much traffic and pretty good road. But lots of wind. 
 Really weird rock formations. 
 Mexican Hat - see the sombrero turned upside down. Town is actually called Mexican Hat. 
 Going to cross the Colorado River. 6% grade down hill then a LEFT turn.
 No a left corner - a left TURN! Better not goof there. 
 Rafters on the river. 
 First view of Monument Valley. Spectacular. 
We managed to get a two day reservation at the KOA about 4 miles from the park. Nice campground, new. Gravel pull throughs, level. Full hookups.Weak WiFi but did manage to post a couple of things. Went for lunch at Goulding's restaurant and then into the park around sunset. Also went into the park the next morning early before the wind picked up. Over 300 pictures, will take a while to sort them. 
Wind has not stopped blowing for last five days. The RV probably weighs 10 pounds more from all the red dirt in it. Wipe it up and 20 minutes later it is just as dirty again. Going to have to spend a couple of days cleaning it. Everything feels grimy.