I tried to write some when we first got up, but it was too Stinking Cold…I was wearing my down parka for a bit in the morning. Later, after coffee and our required caffiene input we got moving about. We did a small hike on one of the nearby hills and got some more pics of Angel Peak. Tori brought out some of her Blyth dolls and we got some pics of them as well. You can see those here.
We grabbed a couple Geo-caches as we were leaving the area. Spied a Turkey Vulture and made our way further north into Bloomfield, NM. After gassing up we headed into Navajo County. One of our ambitions was to get some great authentic Navajo food along the way….. Sadly we found no charming roadside cafe to fill our bellies. We had to opt for drive through…and we both believe this is a common thing for many of the Native Americans, as they were quite crowded and most of the people we saw had to look of someone who might eat way too many meals there.
The country here is very big and empty, which is fine for us. It just takes a while to get anywhere. After we looped through Kayenta, we made our way to our destination of Monument Valley. This was my first time to actually head into the Tribal Park. There is a new hotel there built by the locals, it was to be the luxury stop when my brother and his wife were still in the trip plan. Since Tori and I don’t need fancy rooms as often, we opted for the campsite. Turns out it was just as awesome as the previous night…Well….maybe just a bit more.
The weather was finally starting to be our friend, we picthed the tent then made our way to the Valley Tour.
The Valley Tour is a 17 mile loop that brings you deeper into the park, you can drive your own car or ride in one of the many tour vehicles. At a few of the more prominent stops locals have tables set up to buy native jewelry and other stuff. Tori calls this “sucker bait” but ended up getting a very nice necklace with some awesome Turquoise in it anyway.
The highlight of the tour for me was a visit to John Ford Point. It is now the image at the top of this very blog site…Yes, it is a real horse, you can see a pic of me on that same horse on the Flickr pages. When I was a little kid we went to Yellowstone. I wanted to see the West…the real west in my mind looked like this, or had saguaro cactus in it, not what you see in Yellowstone
Further along the tour we got some more dolly pics and other pics before heading back to camp. This one was one of my fav’s
Since we were camping, instead of spending $180 a night in the View Hotel we decided to treat ourselves to the fancy restaurant; We started with Navajo Tacos and finished with Sheep Camp Stew and fry bread. The stew was a bit thin for my tastes, but dipping fry bread was pretty satisfying, when the stew was gone the fry bread got drizzled with honey…Dessert !
After dinner we heading back to camp for a sweet sunset and later in the night I fired up the D90 for some Time Lapse Stars…Stay tuned for those!