Beautiful Arizona Navajo Country

Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
Trip End Aug 01, 2012

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Rodeway Inn Hurricane
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Flag of United States  , Utah
Saturday, July 21, 2012

Day 17 -  Today is a driving day. We are leaving Flagstaff, Arizona and headed toward Hurricane, Utah. This should be the last time we will drive west. From here on out it will be north or east.

Note: The line on the map shows the towns we stay in each night by drawing a straight line. However, the exact route we take is not shown here. We actually travel due north and then due west today, not North West.

We have an early lunch at the Native New Yorker (so great last night, we ate here again). We set the GPS for Hurricane, Utah and it directs us to US 89 - Alt. We will travel north, then west.  This is another roller coaster road. The pavement is not level but has dips and hills, so it feels like you are constantly going up and down like a roller coaster.

We pass a number of windmills that generate power for houses. As we travel we realize we are at 7000 feet, 4000 feet higher than where we live. You cannot tell it however because everything looks flat. We will be driving around the east side of Grand Canyon today. The landscape and scenery here is CONSTANTLY changing. It is all so beautiful. I worry I take and share too many pictures, but it is all so beautiful. I am only sharing about half of the pictures we take.

The road we are taking soon becomes very barren and it seems no one lives in this area. Then we come across a couple of gas stations and three Navajo shops. These are not typical gift shops, but Native America art work, jewelry and pottery. When I walk into the the first shop I decide I want one of everything there. It is ALL so beautiful, not cheap touristy stuff, but real Native American artwork (pottery, sand paintings, etc).  We end up purchasing a few things, but would to have bought more.

We drive on and find huge colorful sandstone mountains. Each mountain unique because of it's shape.  These mountains line the road for miles and miles. I cannot get enough of snapping pictures. They are all so different. I WOULD NOT have believed that what we would see today could be as spectacular as what we have already seen, but IT IS, maybe even more so. These mountains are massive, with flat tops and buttes and so much color!

As we drive we see as many RVs and mobile homes as cars. This is the place for a tourist to be. We come to a junction in the road and choose the road that leads up the mountain. Both roads go to Hurricane. On an overlook here on this mountain cliff road, in the hot sun, sit a group of tents, all lined up, with Navajo women (and one man) selling their jewelry, pottery, ornaments and other items. We take the time to look and talk to the women.

We drive on and stop in Page, Arizona for some ice cream. We then cross over the Lake Powell dam. This is amazing. We stop and take some pictures. An unexpected jewel here in the rough. It is beautiful. We drive high above the lake to an overlook and the rain and wind gets harder. We see a beautiful rainbow form over the lake and cannot stop taking pictures of how pretty it is.  We drive around and take a few pictures of the beautiful adobe lakeside homes.

THEN we travel on and cross into UTAH!

We drive and finally reach Kanab, a neat little town about dark. We stop for some burgers and sweet potato fries at an old fashioned hamburger place. We find that we do not want to stop to eat until after dark because we might miss seeing something.

We arrive in Hurricane about an hour later. We check into our motel. Tomorrow we will be going to Zion National Park here near Hurricane.

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Poniece on

Sharon, the pictures are beautiful. I feel almost as though I was on the trip with you just by looking at the pictures. I know Art loves that little car. I couldn't help but chuckle to see the photo taken at Lake Powell with the rainbow ending at Art's little pot of gold...the car!

srhodes on

Yes, Art loves his new (used) car. I guess you can tell which pictures he takes. They always include the car. But the car has made this a lot of fun. Thanks! :)

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