Monument Valley & Page, AZ

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"Straight Eight" Buick -- circa 1948?

"Straight Eight" Buick -- 1948?

October 1, 2008 — We decided to head to Monument Valley and then onto to Page, AZ where we will spend the night. We saw this old Buick as we were leaving Cortez.  Carl is probably as old, or nearly as old, as Carl.

Navajo Twin Rocks in Utah

Navajo Twin Rocks in Utah

To get to Monument Valley, which is on Navajo land, we retraced our route past Four Corners and then followed 160 into Utah. As we continually find, the drive is as rewarding as the ultimate destination. Nature offers such great sculptures.

More highway scenery

More highway scenery

We left Colorado, crossed into Utah and then just as quickly came into Arizona.

Mexican Hat, Arizona

Mexican Hat, Arizona

So, we finally get to Monument Valley — this is one of the more frequently filmed places so our guide book prepared us for recognizing many of the “monuments.”  What the guide book does not prepare you for is the dust.  

Monument Valley

Monument Valley

And the fact that normal cars can not easily drive the 17 mile loop.  We tried, anyway.  We got maybe a quarter mile and decided that we like our car too much to trash it.  We also decided that one of the tour vehicles was not for us.  So we snapped a few quick pics and left.  We then head for Page, Arizona and lunch and early check in to this hotel.  Such a relief that the Internet works!  

 

Here’s some more pics:

 

More Arizona Scenery

More Arizona Scenery

 

 

More driving scenery (taken from car)

More driving scenery (taken from car)

This looks like a Lord of the Rings tower

This looks like a Lord of the Rings tower

Arizona colors!

Arizona colors!

2005 Toyota Prius at Monument Valley -- our own ad!

2005 Toyota Prius at Monument Valley -- our own ad!

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