No trains again today, as we take the coach to Flagstaff, which will be around 350 miles trip.We have our driver Bob again and leave at around 07:45.
At the hotel last night there were people stayingwho were taking part in a rally of vintage cars from New York to Alaska. Quite a few "Brits' were taking place with MGB's, Jaguar's etc..There was also an Australian in an ozzy-built Leyland?. They are due to finish in Alaska on June 7th.
The road is long with many a winding turn which leads us to.......Cortez which is on the on the edge of the Meta Verde park - on old indian ground- not much more to say about the place.......
We then arrive at the "Four Corners Monument" which is where the borders of four states come together;Colorado, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico!! We have our photograph taken; Di is in Colorado and New Mexico and I am in Utah and Arizona (I knew that I had put on weight during the vacation, but spreading into two states was a bit disappointing!) We buy some trinklets from the Navajo Indians who run the 4 States Monument and have stalls all
around the monument selling jewellery and some beautiful pottery which we would like to buy, but transporting it home without breaking it would be a nightmare - and it ain't cheap, one piece is priced at $35,000!
The Navajo Indians were used in WW2 in the Pacific as "Code Talkers". Sending messages in their native language that the enemy could not de-code
We stop at the Twin Rocks Cafe for coffee ( So called because it has two massive red rocks just above it). We see some lizards as we sit outside drinking our coffee. Then we are back on the coach again on on the road. All the roads are very straight and stretch for miles. We stop at a long straight section of road that was featured in the film "Forrest Gump" when he was runnning across the country.
The next stop is Goose Neck Canyon, where the San Juan River winds its way 1,000 feet below.This looks quite spectacular until we are reminded that the Grand Canyon is some 8 times deeper!As we go along the road we pass rock formations in all sorts of different shapes ans sizes, one looks like a Mexican
Hat and is called, yes you've guessed it! Mexican Hat Rock.
We stop for lunch at Gouldings Monument Valley Trading Post. It is scorchio now, must be into the 90’s.
We set off again; we have one more stop, which is the Cameron Trading Post. We push on and eventually reach our hotel, the Little America Hotel that is set out in a pine forest there are blocks of two storey that contain the rooms. But because it is set out this way it is along way to reception.
It has been a long day and we are glad to get to our rooms and have a shower and get changed. We are all going to a restaurant and bar called “Black Barts” across the road from the hotel. It is a restaurant where all the waiters and waitresses also perform songs on the stage (mostly from West end musicals). It is a good night although their repertoire is a bit limited, and request for a Monkees or Rod Stewart song have little success. We go back to the hotel and have a night cap at the hotel bar and stay until last call. A really late
night for us!!
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