Friday, September 26, 2014

Four Corners and Monument Valley

Our next excursion was to Monument Valley. As the Four Corners Monument was on the way, we stopped there first.

There were just too many people present to get good close up pictures.

All around the large square are buildings where the local residents (mostly Navajo Indians) sell their crafts. We found the majority of the items to be of good quality and reasonably priced.

On to Monument Valley! You can tour the park on your own by following the 17 mile scenic drive or you can book a guided jeep tour that takes you into areas of the park not accessible to the general public. We chose the self guided scenic drive. Beware! The brochure leads you to believe that most vehicles can easily navigate the dirt road. We were in a full size truck and at times I felt just like a ping pong ball bouncing off walls. Also be sure your driver enjoys constantly dodging rocks and ruts!  Still we felt the drive was well worth any discomfort. The scenery was magnificent and a little familiar due to all those old westerns Bob loves to watch!

Left Mitten
Right Mitten
Elephant Butte
Three Sisters
View from John Ford's Point
Another view
Bob at John Ford's Point
Picture op at John Ford's Point
Part of the scenic drive
Camel Butte
The Hub
Thunderbird Mesa
The Big Chair
Totem Pole and Yei Bi Chei
View from Artist Point
Bob at Artist Point 
One last view

These are just a few of the 130 pictures I took that day. This park has been on Bob's Bucket List and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

Next destination: Las Vegas

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