Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Dinosaur Tracks & Monument Valley

As we said earlier we spent a week in northern Arizona visiting places we've been to before and stopping at some we've not, till this trip.

We left Tucson early Monday afternoon headed to Flagstaff where we spent the night before going to Monument Valley in the morning. The main purpose of the trip was to visit Monument Valley during monsoon season in hopes of capturing lightning along with the beautiful landscape. Sorry to say we're experiencing a drier than normal monsoon and failed to get the stormy skies, lightning or for that matter much clouds while we were in the valley; which doesn't mean the trip was a total bust as any time spent in Monument Valley is special.

We made a side trip to visit dinosaur tracks located on the Navajo Nation a couple miles before Tuba City. We spent the better part of an hour with a Navajo guide as she showed us where to look for the tracks; some of these tracks were very hard to see while others were easy. Sandy even touch dinosaur poop which was the highlight of her day!

We arrived at Monument Valley a couple hours after leaving the dinosaur tracks and checked into the View Hotel that is located directly on the rim of the valley. We've been visiting Monument Valley for several years and never tire of what we see. There is a 17 mile drive through the valley that can be done safely in a two wheel drive car if you take it slow. We spent two days here and took the drive 3 times.

We have a lot of images to share and will separate them into different blog entries to make it more manageable.

The View Hotel in the morning
View of the valley from the hotel

Part two and additional images coming soon.
Sandy & Don

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