Hampton Inn & Suites Farmington
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... end, I ended up thanking Grant for making me break some rules and make some memories. :0)
I'm so proud of Erica for going mountain climbing with me! She totally 'rocked' it!
I'm really glad I ended up climbing the side of the very summit of Tucamcari, because the view from the top was breathtaking. Nothing for miles and miles but purple buttes and crawling black shadows from the few clouds that hung ...
... was sad to be done with jeeping, but I was also extremely excited about the roads we did drive, the roads I got to drive, and the views and wildflowers we got to see! I especially loved driving on Ophir, and seeing all the Fireweed!!
Back in Ouray, we turned in the jeep, bought raffle tickets to win a jeep as we do every year, and started driving back along the Million-Dollar Highway back to ...
... small pines.
We got back to UT-9 and took the road to the bigger town if Kanab. Here we stocked up on supplies and groceries. I cleaned up the cooler if any rotten food. I also, after much trouble, found a decent priced room way too far away in New Mexico. Prices in good stopping places in Monument Valley were incredibly large, as I've said. So to save over $60, we had to truck it across Arizona.
Past Kanab the road passes the Vermillion Cliffs, part of the ...
... Ruins National Monument.
We took a little tour of the place which took just a bit over an hour. Although this was built by the local Native Americans, early explorers thought it was too complicated for them and thought the Aztecs has built it. And the name stuck. This pueblo is one of the most intact in the whole SW. And the dude who first excavated it, rebuilt the main kiva in the place. The ranger was very nice and loaned us a big spiral bound walking guide to ...
... to as the Anasazi.
Shiprock is the erosional remains of a volcano that probably erupted almost 27 million years ago. It's truely amazing to see this formation towering above everything else.
From there we drove to the Four Corners Monument. This is the only point in the United States shared by four states: New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. It is maintained by the Navajo's as a tourist ...