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North America » United States » Arizona » Monument Valley August 5th 2017

Here we are, it's Monument Valley time! This is a second visit for me, 5 years after bringing the kids on the first few days of January 2013! This time is Tanya time, and we have a way cooler car to ride the adventure! I have to apologize, I may have abused slightly my HDR Landscape mode with the camera, but I must admit, the exercise is truly fun! It's also an opportunity for me to get out my new little tripod that I bought for close to nothing in Bangkok few months ago. Back in January, we had snow, temperatures way below minus 10 degrees...and if i remember correctly, we may have seen 3 or 5 other cars. That was it. I was a little bit scare of visiting this place in the middle of ... read more
It's double fun when the roof is open!
Last time I was here, there was snow...
Have you seen Forrest Gump?


The sun is out this morning and I head out early to drop the car off for an oil change. I’m surprised to see that we have already traveled over 3,000 miles despite being less than a third of the way across the country. We have clearly been taking the scenic route. The hotel has free bikes and I cycle the mile back from the Garage to eat breakfast. Antonio and the kids have already begun and we enjoy our third and final buffet at the hotel. After we eat, I walk with the kids back across town to pick up the car, giving Antonio time to pack. He’s bought a bigger and improved tarp but its enormous! We fold it approximately four times and make a suitcase burrito. I threaten to cut it but he ... read more
Arizona Vista
Lake Powell in the Distance
Monument Valley 2


Greetings all We took a detour from our Utah adventure to head into Arizona for a few day to check out some of the amazing natural scenery that state is blessed with. First stop was Monument Valley setting for a thousand westons, car commercials and hollywood blockbusters. I have always wanted to visit but was slightly worried that it would not match the westerns or be a bit touristy but I was wrong it was amazing. Keeping in with our vow to camp where ever we stayed we found a deserted camp ground on the reservation and setup for the evening. We were the only ones camping that night and it was amazing, there is little electricity on the Navajo reservation so the night sky was truly stunning. You alway think of Arizona as a hot ... read more
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North America » United States » Arizona » Monument Valley April 23rd 2016

We traveled on to Monument Valley and stayed at Gouldings RV Park. This area was right up in the red rock cliffs and had lots of history regarding the first owners the Gouldings who started a trading post there in the 1920's. Goulding was also responsible for bringing Hollywood there to film many movies especially those with John Wayne. The original trading post is now a museum and there is also a restaurant, grocery store, gas station, and craft shop. I had really good green chili there and Bonnie had a Navaho taco on fry bread. I did not get to take a balloon ride there as the Navajo are no longer letting the balloonists fly in the valley. We took an evening tour of the monuments. Our driver was a Navajo guide and was really ... read more
Monument Valley
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The Mittens

North America » United States » Arizona » Monument Valley February 22nd 2016

After seeing the grandeur of Horseshoe Bend it felt like we'd already seen enough for one day. It was only 8am though and full day of exploring awaited us. We dashed back to our motel for a hurried breakfast of waffles, syrup and coffee before heading out again, this time for the Arizona-Utah State Line. Our destination for the day was to be the Navajo Nation, to see the famous Monument Valley. I suspect that there are few people who have never seen Monument Valley... since it's first movie appearance in John Ford's Wild West films, staring John Wayne, it has come to define what most people think of as the American West. Its incredible landscape has played a supporting role in many films including Back to the Future III, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Forest ... read more
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Arizona Sunset

North America » United States » Arizona » Monument Valley January 20th 2016

Chaque matin, une nouvelle étape est prévue... Comme il fait très froid on s'attarde en premier lieu après le petit déjeuner à gratter le pare-brise de la voiture (moyen pratique du voyage : utiliser la carte de la porte d'entrée de la chambre...) Ces idiots de loueurs nous ont laissé le réservoir de liquide du lave-glace complètement vide.... Vite fait d'y mettre de l'eau chaude et un peu de savon de vaisselle car nous ne sommes pas intéressés du tout par l'achat d'un bidon de 5 L pour encore quelques jours de voyage... Notre appétit n'a rien de fameux... on se sert donc de quelques cookies en guise de repas de midi et nous pourvoyons de toute l'eau nécessaire... Le soir on avise à chaque étape... mais c'est surtout notre lit qui entre en appétit... et ... read more
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Monument Valley n'est pas un parc américain, mais une réserve indienne : celle des indiens Navajos. Le gouvernement américain leur a cédé cette petite portion du territoire dans les années 30. Dans la réserve, il y a un hôtel touristique et il est possible d'y camper. C'est le plus beau spot de camping que nous ayons jamais fait ! Et pour cause, nous étions nez à nez avec ces imposants et majestueux blocs de roches rouges, que l'on dirait sortis de nulle part. C'est également tout l'imaginaire du cinéma qui s'impose, puisque l'on reconnaît d'emblée le décor de nombreux Westerns. En particulier ceux de John Ford et de John Wayne. Anna et Caroline y ont découvert John Wayne... Il est vrai que ce genre cinématographique est "mort" depuis les années 70, mais ces paysages hors du ... read more
Notre promenade à cheval
Un vrai cowboy de l'ouest
Notre guide, Logan


First, I killed a snake. Then, I killed a bird. One bird of two. And, knowing what I know about the monogamous pair bonding of birds, I killed either mommy or daddy. I killed innumerable flying insects. A complete carnage of hemolymph (bug blood), wings, and exoskeletons is still splattered across my windshield. But, it was killing the bunny that really did a number on me. I didn’t feel any discernible bump. I looked in my rearview mirror, praying to see the little guy dashing to safety at the side of the road. Instead, I saw his body rolling with the velocity of my car traveling 85 miles per hour, and tufts of his fur flying in the air. I felt a lump rising in my throat. Horribly upset, I had to pull over and reconsider ... read more
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Chimney Rock, Capital Reef National Park, Utah
Capital Reef National Park, Utah


Nine years ago, since I first caught the travel bug, I’ve traveled almost exclusively alone, and almost always in foreign countries. But, I’ve never really been alone. I’ve relied on people for language help, for food, shelter, and directions. I’ve been jammed against people in public transportation and hitched rides in cars full of strangers. People have always been an integral part of any trip. This trip is different. I drive alone in my car. I cook alone on my camp stove. I sleep alone in my tent. It’s definitely different, but I can’t say that I’m lonely. For the moment, I’m rather enjoying the solitude. In fact, when given the choice between setting my tent up at a campground full of people or finding a dispersed camping site somewhere out on public land, I’ll invariably ... read more
Ancient Petroglyphs, Grimes Point, Nevada
Sleeping Alone at King Creek
Highway 50, Nevada

North America » United States » Arizona » Monument Valley April 19th 2015

Roadtrip SW USA...Monument Valley in the Snow...Am I in Heaven? A raven hovers in front of me...as if to say "snap me if you can"...then flies in a sweeping arc over the valley below...and returns...over and over. But do you think I could capture it in my lens? Maybe it's position was different each time...me zooming in too close...or my hands aching with cold. It flies off again...taunting me. "How about with the mittens and buttes of Monument Valley as a backdrop?" it squarks. The snow flowing from red rock cliffs and slopes...flowing like Christmas frosting on the most glorious spread in front of me. We are in Monument Valley and I'm in Heaven. The polar vortex has dumped fresh powder snow right here...thick and lustrous...pristine and clear. And to top it all off...we are here! ... read more
American raven
Monument no shade for a juniper tree
West Mitten Butte




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