Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly
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"God's Treasure" John Wayne called Monument Valley where he filmed a number of all time great movies including “Stagecoach”, “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” and “The Searchers”.
We left Blanding, Utah early on Sunday morning headed for Navajo Nation which is in parts of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico covering …
... looked for a motel. These are in very short supply in this area but we managed to book into the Holiday Inn, it is above our budget but the National park is just down the road, so we can get there early tomorrow. We went to the supermarket to get our provisions, it did not sell alcohol. I asked where the nearest liquor store was and was told it is about 100 miles away....no wine tonight! Just to add there was no wine last night either as the casino was alcohol ...
... and sheep are kept mainly for their own consumption. The canyons are mainly dry at this time of the year but flash floods can develop very quickly since this is the monsoon season (didn't know that before we came!) In the winter and spring snow melt means that the canyon can have deep and wide river flows.
At one stop a young girl, maybe only 7, came out to sell us some things she had ...
The reservation lands have their own network of roads that the Navajo Nation look after the repair of completely independent from the Arizona Highways Dept. These tend to be gravel or sand tracks rather than tarmac.
We've lost an hour today. The time zones do change around here and it is a little confusing. We have been on Pacific Time (-8) since we landed in Las Vegas and should have changed to -7 Mountain Time as ...
... settlement. No alcohol is allowed so our livers will get a rest tonight.
On our journey today we passed through Sanders and had to get a photo for our leader Nick Sanders.
We are now in Arizona and our route is definitely heading North. In just over a week we have completed about 3000 miles of our 14000 mile journey. It certainly makes you realise what an epic trip this is!