2nd day at Monument Valley Tribal Park

Trip Start Feb 12, 2011
Trip End Mar 09, 2011

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The View Hotel Monument Valley
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Utah
Thursday, February 24, 2011

 We got off to a slow start this morning, then scurrying around The View ooohing and aahing at the amazing buttes and dirt a similar colour to Uluru - I just wanted to get out there and expolre.....neither of us slept well so we decided to stay here another night.

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. Snow hid in the shade of trees and rocks even though the sun was quite warm on the skin.
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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Greggles on

Hey Jen, sounding like fun. Almost makes me want to visit the good ole US of A. Take care

xxoo Mary Isavella Greg

ma on

bronwyn (neighbour) said that she had been watching where you were going.
how do you do that? being a computer dummy, i do not know.
it sounds as if you have a huge trip planned but unfortunately not all of it in a red mustang convertable. stay safe lovely. xxoo

Captain Brilliant Magnificant Almost 16 Year Old. on

So jealous =[
The lumps sounds like the bed-bug-bites that Heinz and Daniela got?
Sounds like you're having the time of your life :) :)
Love you lots and lots and lots and lots =] xoxoxoxoxox

jenandviv on

Yep I thought of you all day today, following these little mounds of rocks that showed the path we had to take around the buttes...they looked like miniature chortens! You'd have likes this part of the trip. Missing you alot xxxxxooooo

jenandviv on

Oh, and yeah about the lumps, maybe yr right! Ew

Rani on

Hi gals,
Sounds like you are having a ball (except for the lumps). When I went to the states the first time I received over 100 mosquito bites over a couple of days in WINTER! I know because I counted them. This was in the South though, so we were near the Mississippi. WIth all the weird weather patterning around the world though I wouldn't be surprised if they were breeding at this time of year. The bad news is that they are itchy as f**k and can scar, so get some calomine (not sure of spelling) lotion on those biatches.

Rani on

what is the soundscape like in MV?

rani on

Mmm... fry bread

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