Chasing fat lizards

Trip Start Jan 05, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

Flag of United States  , Utah
Monday, June 11, 2012

As we drove towards Monument Valley a light came on in the car (relating to tyre pressure) and sent Tanya into a panic mode. Luckily for all involved (especially us) we came upon a ranger station within about 2 minutes of it happening. Extra lucky for us, there was a guy there with a tyre pump. I spent my time at the ranger station investigating local poisonous animals, focusing on snakes. I'm not scared of Australian snakes because I understand them. When Australian snakes sense our vibrations they avoid us. Here in the USA they have rattle snakes which stand their ground when they sense vibrations. That is freaky knowing they take the offensive stance. I prefer snakes on the defensive. Anyway, after learning a few facts I felt better because at least I had a better understanding. Knowledge is power after all!

As a bonus the ranger told us about a good lookout spot for Monument Valley. We headed there and it was actually more than just a spot to view Monument Valley from, it was also a really cool rocky area as well. I took some photos of the view and then started jumping around on the rocks. I also got a pretty cool shot of me standing on a rock ledge with nothing below. Joy and Tanya were afraid it would break but it was a risk worth taking!

We continued towards Monument Valley past countless 'Handmade Navajo Jewellery' stores. At the entrance of the Indian reservation we found out it would cost $25 to get all of us in there. We decided the view was good enough, especially since we'd spent the last few days climbing around on rocks for free (with Tanya's park pass)!

We drove to San Juan river so Dillon and Christopher could swim. I decided not to swim but to chill out at the picnic table in the shade. I used the time to write some of my blog and also chatted with this old couple who were on their on road trip. The lady was a sweetheart and right before she left told her husband to get a photo of me and her so she could show her grandchildren the friend she made. I enjoyed the tranquility and calmness of just sitting there by myself after that.

Christopher and I also spent a bunch of time chasing around a fat lizard and somehow managed to get some pretty good photo opportunities. We didn't catch it though.

Moving on, we travelled from there to Hovenweep National Monument where we hiked around a bunch of native ruins. During the hike Dillon decided to argue about the effects of one person's impact on the environment. Somehow he believed it didn't matter because it was still there from thousands of years ago. I argued that it had changed since then due to human and other impacts. Then he decided this argument was linked to religion and thought stories from the bible were his winning arguments... yet another religious argument. These are seriously pointless because I have no interest in changing people's faith even though they seem very passionate about proving that their faith is real. How about we agree to disagree? In my opinion the whole argument on Dillon's side (ignoring whether religion is true or not) was ignorant of the facts that science has proven. In terms of the religious arguments, the whole debate was basically me focusing on the facts of evolution and Dillon on the stories from the bible... leading to his probable belief that since I am not a believer I am going to hell... and to be honest, I'm okay with that.

There were holes in the Indian ruins which Tanya and I decided could be there to provide sunlight, may have simply been rocks which have fallen out or were ways to look out and keep guard. Most likely the sunlight option though.

We made it to Cortez relatively early and decided to eat Mexican for dinner. At the mexican restaurant there were a crazy amount of squirrels with their burrows. The food was good but far too expensive.

We camped in a teepee which wasn't warm at all. I learnt that teepees only work if they have a fire in them to create warmth.
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