Before I start on today’s blog I need to revisit Santa Fe with some words and pictures!
First of all, Ladies, you know men always know better than women (not!!) well due to my lovely husband’s wonderful navigation skills we passed this twice on our hike yesterday!! I told him we were going round in a circle but would he listen ……… of course not, he’s a man!!!
So today we had a fairly long drive to Page, Arizona but we made it even longer when we decided we should add a further 44 miles to our journey and stop off at Monument Valley the Navajo Tribal Park ( in Navajo it is Tse Bii Ndzigaii, meaning valley of the rocks )and often referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World. We’ve been to Monument Valley before but as we were so close decided we shouldn’t just drive by.
Driving from Santa Fe to Page we had to find things to do as we have almost completed the license plate game, so have now began to find pictures in clouds and faces and shapes in rocks (that’s how desperate we’ve become!!). The drive again emphasised how much untapped land the US has. We went from long, long straight roads that seemed to go on forever and to no-where to a Najavo Forest 7000 feet above sea level and then hit the fantastic red rocks that lead to Monument Valley. Here are some of the views along the way.
Many of you will know Monument Valley from many cowboy films that have been filmed there. Most famous of course would be the John Wayne films. In 1958 it became a preserved environment by the Navajo Nation Council under the Division of Natural Resources. It sits at 5,564 feet above sea level, extends into Arizona and Utah and covers about 91,696 acres. The height of the monuments range form 100 feet to 1,500 feet tall and the dry desert climate receives all four seasons. The Vally displays a first hand look at one of the most tremendous natural structures created by erosion. The sight of it is breathtaking.
The two most famous monuments are right and left mitten. Can you see why?