May 1, 2013

Monument Valley

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John Ford's Point

The weather warmed up and it was perfect for camping. Dori and I headed out to Monument Valley a 2 hour drive. Monument Valley is Located on the Arizona/Utah state line near the Four Corners area. The valley lies within the range of the Navajo Nation Reservation and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163. Then decide whether you're John Wayne, Butch & Sundance or Thelma & Louise as you ride through the iconic mesas and buttes you've seen so many times on film.

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 Our set up - the green tent belonged to a Dutch couple. And there were no shortage of Frenchies around the corner - mostly occupying RV and Cabin space. Since my ancestry is French, Dutch and English. I felt right at home!


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Life is good!



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   LaFont Arch just a short hike from the campground.


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Dori knows how to start a fire!



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 Sunrise

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Wonderful tour guide. You can't see how long her hair is here but if you look closely...you might see a few strands. The longer the hair the longer the life and wisdom for Navajos. Navajo people seem to be indifferent but I think it's just a stress-free way of looking at life. Also for some...it is still considered rude to look at them in the eyes.


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Three Sisters

 
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 There are 10 families that live inside Monument Valley by choice. They have no running water and still live in Hogans.

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23 comments:

  1. This is someplace I've always wanted to see! I'm amazed at all the people camping - I am not sure why I'm surprised.

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    1. Hi RedPat! I hope you get to go to this wonderful place. I think all the camping is due to the weather? ;)

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  2. Cool shots, some good stories, I can see through the pictures you both had a great time!
    I wish you post more often my friend, I love reading about your adventures! ;-)

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    1. Thanks Lúcia! Camping and nature is healing. I am so busy with work these days that posting has been hard. I would post about my work...but I think you would fall asleep! ;) xo

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    2. I'm sure you would find somethting fun to tell us about it! ;-)
      xo

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  3. Spectacular photos, Sandy! Quelle lumière! Thank you for taking us there with you. I am not surprised you saw French people in the park. Most French people I know rush to visit all great American national parks on the West Coast before they even set a foot in a city (San Francisco and New York being exceptions to the rule...) Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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    1. Thanks Veronique. =) I didn't realize French people did this before the bigger cities. But I have to say, Monument Valley must be in the French psyche because it never fails - I will always see a group of them. xx

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  4. Wonderful visit, Sandy. Thanks:-)

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    1. Thanks Cloudia. Thanks for your visit. =)

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  5. What an awesome trip, Sandy! Awesome photos, as usual! One of these days, I'd love to take Livie camping there.

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    1. Thank you Sonya. I am sure you and Livie would love camping here. Kids seem to like the pool at the camp site. ;)

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  6. These are the most gorgeous photos... it must be just awe inspiring to see in real life. The story along with your pictures make me feel like I was there with you and Dori..Maybe I will be someday soon :-) Each of the photos are just classic, I can't pick out my favorite. Wonderful blog post!!!

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    1. Thank you Nina! I hope you come visit soon! You're always a breath of fresh air. Thanks for your visit here! =) Hope Dallas was a blast. ;) xo

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  7. Excelentes fotografias....
    Cumprimentos

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  8. That is one place I would love to visit.

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  9. Great pictures- looks like the perfect weekend in Monument Valley!

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    1. Thank you! It really was. And your Blog helped me make the right decision.;)

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  10. Always enjoy your documentary style of writing along with the sharp photos. Been along time since I visited Monument Valley but this wonderful post brought it all back to mind! What a weekend you girls must have had!

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    1. Thanks Parker. I've been sharding haven't I? I haven't responded in a proper fashion. Sorry. I've been so busy and this blog is turning into a photo album of Southwest trips. Oh well...it's part of documentary style right? ;)

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  11. Life IS good! Great photos and love the stories to go with them. Looks like a great place to camp and wonder around taking photos.

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  12. Hi Ron. Life is Good! Employment is key! ;) xo

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