Of mud and optimism

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

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Friday, February 25, 2011

I woke up at 6.48 this morning & the curtains were open to a Monument Valley sunrise. I was too & I felt very significant.

 After leaving The View we stopped at a Navajo market place and looked at all the silver and pottery, then drove over the State line AGAIN from Utah into Arizona, heading for Canyon De Chelley (pronounced Shay) This area is known as the Four Corners and you can actually drive to  where Utah, Colorado, Arizona & New Mexico meet. It did and does have the biggest convergence of Indian tribes and clans. 
We drove into Chinle hooting at our excellent navigation & driving skills, and proceeded on to the South Rim road of Canyon De Chelley. The walls of this canyon are 1000 feet in places, with a floor mostly flat and green with grass. Looking down into it, it looked like paradise. I can't imagine what it was like when large groups of people lived there, water flowing through, fruit trees lush, corn and squash plentiful, goats grazing. People still live down there, we could see the hogans, sheds and fences.
A couple of the viewpoints are placed so you can see the ruins of huge buildings built up against and often under part of the cliff face. 
When we were done here we programmed Chaco Canyon into the GPS and were pleased and not at all suspicious that we were apparently already on the right road!
Wow, we could be there by dark!
Lead on, McDuff!! Tally-ho! Carry on, soldier!
Mild concern when the road turned to dirt, of course with snow either side too, but easily distracted by the horsies running loose and able to be patted, and marvellous photo opportunities.
But oh, regret when we realised how slushy and deep the 'road' was....yes we did get momentarily bogged and to be frank I was looking to the sides of the road to see what sorta shit we could use to whack under the tyres, but a few turns of the wheel and gently backing up helped.....had to do that a few times and I broke out in a sweat I can tell you - we went a slidin' around too and Viv even started videoing the fun.
I had to back up that bloody road for what felt like 3 or 4 miles but was p'bly only about a mile and a half before it was dry enough to attempt turning around. 

Amusing moment when we backed past a Ford F350 that had stopped to PUT THEIR CHAINS ON. I restrained myself from waving as I reversed past them. 
Once we were driving forwards again we couldn't stop laughing, berrating ourselves for our stupidity and congratulating ourselves for a narrow escape. We drove back into Chinle and found another way to Chaco. 
Now you all know  how much planning and research we did on this trip, right?
And yet, we still drove into a National Historical Park in New Mexico in the dark, on another dirt road (dry this time) and were a bit shocked when there was NOTHING THERE!. The park was there, the ruins were there for sure, but the closest town is 60 miles and it was 7.30 pm.
We got to a place called Peublo Pintado where the lovely peeps in the servo told us to go to Grants, Arizona where there were motels and even a Denny's. We did, and there was. Our car is dirty, so are our clothes and we are having the time of our lives.....we'll try again for Chaco Canyon tomorrow. Hágóonee'
Dineh (Navajo) for goodbye for now. xxx
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melissa Grabert on

i want more photos girls. what I've seen so far is just awesome. be safe x

ma on

lovely to log on and see all your news, thankyou.xxoo

Frankstar78 on

Gee's you girls are traveling quite a distance, love the blog...... Miss you Jen and cant wait to catch up when your back, I will have many new pic's for my screen saver... PS, have heard anything yet, but I think interview went well. Love ya xoxo

Frankstar78 on

PS, haven't heard

Claire on

Video upload please!

Frankstar78 on

What a wonderful time you girls are having and you haven't managed to be arrested yet!!! lol

Frankstar78 on

What wonderful photo's, I am so jealous!

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