Thursday, October 23, 2008

Monument Valley

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Nearly twenty years ago Michael spent a year in Utah. I met my mother and my sister (with her two boys) in San Antonio, and we did a road trip up through this whole area. We have many happy memories of (in no particular order) Mesa Verde, Pagosa Springs, Carlsbad Caverns, Taos, and Kayenta, just outside Monument Valley. We drove past Monument Valley, and stayed in Kayenta nearby. In that town was possibly the best Mexican food I've ever eaten. We ate dinner there, and breakfast the next morning. Back then, in 1990, we pressed on to Logan, Utah. Michael and I got married there. I suggested then a trip to Monument Valley, but there wasn't the time or inclination. This is that trip.

We woke to a cold morning, and this is the view from our room.

Breakfast was leftover baked potato with a salad of corn, black beans, green chile and red peppers. Mmmm. We had booked a tour which started at 9, so off we went. Up and down very rough dirt roads, it was simply sensational. Again, the pictures speak for themselves, I can't add too much commentary.

I learned from my trip to Egypt in 2000 that you really need to have people in photographs in order to show the scale. Here is an example:


  1. Great pics. Makes me want to jump on a plane *now*. I haven't travelled North of the Grand Canyon, but I have spent time in NM, Western CA and Nevada. I love the US SW. It is unique, and I think that most people don't realise what beauty and grandeur there is to be found there.

  2. I meant Eastern CA, of course. The mountainy desert bits. Also Arizona.