Monument Valley

Trip Start Aug 2007
Trip End Aug 2007

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Flag of United States  , Utah
Tuesday, August 14, 2007

We didn't stay too long at 4 Corners, and traveled on. We had to get some fuel, (playing safe this time!), so stopped at a place called Bluff, that was in the middle of nowhere. Lyn got talking to the girl who worked there, as he filled up. She recognized his accent, as she had visited Wales last year with her Mother, as her Mum's ancestors were from Brecon! Lyn sent me into the shop to get something to eat. I walked in, with the kids, expecting to see the usual garage fare, chocolates, coffee, maps etc. Instead it was like walking back in time. It was this really aged café, complete with the girls aged scary mother, who had a huge hairdo and a deformed hand, that, of course, the kids couldn't take their eyes off! We ordered food, (too scared not to!), and asked to use the rest rooms. The Scary Mum would only let us go when a crowd of us wanted to go, including another bloke that was eating there, (he wasn't local and looked scared too!). She took us in a crowd, outside the café, with a bunch of keys and said "Go one after the other, last person only to flush, as we ain't got no sceptic here. Last one out locks up!" Great! The Other Stranger was quick off the mark, and got in before us, but he risked the wrath of Scary Mum, and flushed. He was in there quite a while though, before me, so I was glad about that! I took the kids in, and tried not to let them touch anything, and was really glad I had hand sanitizer in the car!

The food was quite good, but it's still early days yet! Fingers crossed the kitchen was cleaner than the loo!

It was quite a scary place, and gave us maybe a taste of "real" America, and not the usual tourist traps we go to. As Lyn said, the women have to be hard here, to survive. Boiling temperatures in the summer, heavy snow in the winter, miles from anywhere, and little money. Got to be tough!

We carried on from Bluff, and onto Monument Valley. In the far distance we could see the sky getting darker and darker in one area. We could see it was a real heavy storm. Where we heading? Yep, right into it! We saw lightning like we've never seen. Huge sheet lightning, and massive forks. It was a real spectacle; you didn't know which was to look. Imagine it over the huge spires of Monument valley. It was awesome. We had our first rain too, really heavy drops, and the temperature dropped 20 degrees in 10 minutes. The clouds were amazing. Ioan kept seeing pictures in them, and we saw "heaven" where shafts of sunlight were coming down (Ioan said if we drove into that we'd be carried up to heaven!), and we also saw "hell", (a big black cloud waiting to drag us right down!) It all made driving very difficult for Lyn.
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rhians on

Withered hand........
Oooooh don't like the sound of the strange old woman. sounds like a film plot to me!!! I laughed my head off of though I must say, all you need now is a clown and a dwarf to show up and the picture of your worst nightmares is complete..!!!
Hope the weather breaks for you to go to Antelope, fingers crossed.
Me xxxxxxx

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