Arrived in Monument Valley just in time to meet Pam Armas who would stay with me for a few days. Was great having an old friend and travel partner meet me on the road and share some of these great adventures.
First thing on the agenda was to go on a Navajo tour of the valley.
The open-air truck was just the ticket and a great way to see the restricted areas in Monument Valley.
Our guide was a young Navajo who was very passionate about his culture and had a lot of good information.
The highlight of the tour was listening to him play the Native American flute while lying under a beautiful red rock arch.
Plenty of opportunity for good photos on the tour!
The afternoon was spent on our own driving the Valley Loop road taking photos and enjoying the scenery.
After first taking in a great sunrise over the valley, the second day it was time to take some back roads and explore the country.
Driving past iconic “Mexican Hat” then on to the Valley of the Gods, a dirt road that takes you back through some magnificent country.
The Valley of the Gods is often described as a mini Monument Valley and it did not disappoint.
Muley Point (after climbing the steep and narrow switchbacks known as Moki Dugway) was a highlight looking out over the 4 corners area as was Gooseneck State Park where we stopped for lunch overlooking the San Juan River below.
Was a great visit (but short) visit with Pam, it’s nice to have company on the road.
“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.”
— Henry David Thoreau