2nd day at Monument Valley Tribal Park
Trip Start Feb 12, 2011
27Trip End Mar 09, 2011
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Had a traditional Navajo brekky, a sort of pancake with eggs, potato and a chilli/tomato/onion/pepper mixture to put over the lot. Glad we filled up 'cos later we walked around the Wildcat Trail, which took us right around the West Mitten Butte and between East Mitten and Merrick Buttes. A 3.2 mile hike with varying degrees of difficulty...it took us 3 hours an a quarter but it didn't feel that long.
Looking out over the land from your room one would not imagine that it is intersected with gullies, boulders, trees and interesting twists and turns
Saw a Navajo hogan out there, a grave, horses and little hoof tracks - apparently the animals just roam free at night. The different plants and grasses are signposted with their names.
As the sun went down we had tea; I had a green chilli stew with Navajo frybread - and a pot of honey for the frybread. I ate the lot; Viv and I had a rolling competition to get back upstairs.
This is a magic place in more ways than one. I love that The View is giving Gouldings (since the 1920's Gouldings has run a cabin park and shop back over the Hwy) some great competition; the People are delivering a magnificent service at The View, and benefiting from the land they have lived on and worked for hundreds of years - despite the fact there is still no running water for the people living here!
We left the curtain open when we went to bed so we could see the view when we woke up.
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