Sunset at Monument Valley

Trip Start Apr 27, 2011
Trip End May 21, 2011

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday 13th – certainly not unlucky for us!

Drove past historic downtown Albuquerque on our way out of the city. Looked cute from afar, would have been nice to drive through and explore it if we'd had time but we had a long journey to Monument Valley and wanted to get there to see it before dark!

Sandy dunes lined part of the interstate which had a dune buggy whizzing over them – I wanted to go play in the sand haha!

Drove through Cubero and Bluewater with the plan to stop at certain quirky roadside Route 66 landmarks but didn’t have any luck finding them lol but both towns were still worth driving through as they gave a taste of Mexican style living.

Stopped at Gallup for lunch at El Rancho – a restaurant in a hotel which celebrities usually stay at when filing in Monument Valley – though mainly old film stars.

Did a last petrol 'gas’ fill up at Shiprock before the last part of the journey to Monument Valley. And attempted to clean some of the bugs off the windscreen too lol.

We were in different states at one point when we crossed the Arizona/Utah border... all for photographic purposes of course! :) 
Yet again the landscape changed slightly as we drove – more barren and flatter until it became really rocky, mountain and canyon all along the road. So amazing driving up to them from such a distance, driving through them and then catching glimpses of them in our wing mirrors (I love those things!) – this time got tons of photos and videos that just about do the landscape justice.

Other sights along the way:
-the longest freight trains driving through the mountain/rocks along the landscape for miles.
-a postman walking across the land! (crazy seen as the few isolated houses were spread miles apart!!)
beautiful wild horses – i might have been vocal about the landscape but Ness sure is vocal everytime we pass farmyard animals... ‘aw cows’ ‘aw horses’ ‘aw sheep’ lol.

We were worried we might not make it to Monument Valley before sunset but somehow we managed perfect timing and got there about half an hour before sundown – it looked incredible in the soft ducky light – really warm read and earthy. Was amazing viewing it from a lookout point near Gouldings Lodge (where we stayed) just at sunset with the shadows slowly creeping up it as the sun got lower.

Got settled into our cute little cabin and made it just in time to have dinner at the hotel restaurant – super yummy stir fry and lemon meringue pie! Yet again we left feeling stuffed! These American portions are really catching up with us!

Can not wait to wake up here tomorrow and travel to Grand Canyon :D eeeee!!!

p.s.Duke looks far too handsome in Monument Valley <3!

x x Jess x x 
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