Trip Start Nov 17, 2006
7Trip End Nov 25, 2006
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Several years ago we traveled this road and much to our surprise, everything looks much better...the roads are greatly improved and the homes and overall conditions that our Native Americans live in appear to have improved.
Although we have seen the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert several times, it still amazes me as to the history and beauty of the area. To think we are walking among the remains of trees that are millions of years old that once grew near the equator, is awe inspiring.
Besides beautiful rocks, we were greeted by many ravens...impressively large black crows that seemed to be waiting for a handout...which they did not receive, at least from us.
As we headed back east again, we stopped at the Hubble Trading Post, which today is a National Historic Site, but still operates as a trading post for the locals. While we were there, many Indians came in to visit and buy staple goods that Hubble still carries. In addition, Hubble sells jewelry, pottery, crafts, and many Navajo rugs, which are exquisitely woven and and from $400 into the $1000s.
If we hadn't had a guide book with directions on how to find Coal Mine Canyon,
we would have driven right by. We looked out for a milepost and then sighted a windmill in the distance...took a gravel road across a pasture and then the earth opened up into a gorgeous canyon of pinks, reds, whites, and charcoal. Other than a few picnic tables, the canyon was abandoned and silent.
As we approached the Grand Canyon from the west, we traveled along the Little Colorado River, which by standards other than the Grand Canyon, was quite an impressive canyon.