Navajo Tribal Lands

Published: May 12th 2013
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Campsite view !!
After the Grand Canyon - one might be disapointed with the next stop - but no we were not. When we started planning this trip I bought a huge map of WEST USA and put red stickers on all the places I wanted to go ... then we got real about the distances and time factor and Suzanne said she wanted to go to Grand Canyon and Monument Valley and so we said anything else would be a bonus....well we have had lots of bonuses already.

So everyone has probably seen Monument Valley in the movies John Ford westerns like Stagecoach, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Searchers were all filmed here as well as Thelma and you think you have an idea of what it will be like but everytime we come across some place here we are astonished at the scale of it........ the landscapes are just enormous - so we were driving along and came round a bend and saw these monumental buttes and mesas in this red rocky landscape and I just couldn't stop saying "oh my god- look at that - unbelievable !!" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And its not just over a few miles -
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Time for beer. We are trying out the local brews.
there is a scenic road of about 20 miles - think driving from home in Eastbourne to Brighton ...and thats not all of it - some of it is inaccessible to us as this is on Navajo Tribal land. We had a great RV campsite at Gouldings lodge which is pretty much the only place you can stay in Monument Valley -imagine sitting at the picnic table with a beer and looking at these views. BLISS!! WE arrived in sunshine - still not able to light a campfire - no fire pits - Tracie says we will have a campfire even if we have to burn the wood at the side of the road !!

WE had booked onto a tour with a Navajo guide for the next morning - woke up and ooops it was rainy and dull and chilly. On with the layers and the fleece since we were in an open jeep - it was a bit blowy. ( Note to Susan G from Oz your headband you knitted for me has been a godsend in these situations!!) The benefit of going with the guide was that he could take us to sites that non -
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Thanks to DL gym for the HP sauce packets!!
native Americans usually are not allowed. So in spite of the weather - which was changing all the time from sunny to dull - we had a great trip ( we couldnt have taken the RV on that road anyway - unpaved and rough.)

So here are the photos .. enjoy the wonders of Monument Valley.

Love xx

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A bit chilly in that jeep!!
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I was blown away- literally.
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Famous view!!
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Desert sage... lots of spring flowers on the derst floor.
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John Ford Point
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Spring flowers
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artistic license
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Storm gathering.

12th May 2013

Fantastic stuff Lynne. Expecting to see John Wayne appearance at any moment. Enjoy! x
12th May 2013

What a fantastic tour flower it looks just awesome! I can understand what you say about the scale. How do you get things up-loaded so quickly? What a trip! X take care
12th May 2013

Hiring the guide was a good idea
We may do that in the future. Photos are wonderful.
12th May 2013

thanks for the wonderful blogs , we have been there and your pictures make us remember , is a fantastic feeling to feel close to you in your adventure , keep healthy and enjoy life , thanks again
13th May 2013

I used to watch all the westerns with my Dad as a child & go to the movies too. Your descriptions & photos brought back those lovely times spent with my Dad. The Grand Canyon sounded amazing will have to go on my to do list. Take Care Love Geraldine
8th July 2013

Awesome pictures
When I went to Monument Valley I did not take the Navajo tour. Your pictures made me deeply regret my decision. I will be sure to do so on my next time there.

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