Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Heading East

After leaving Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the GDB turns East for the remainder of the journey.


It’s always a great feeling when that happens, knowing that every mile I drive puts me closer to the 3 H’s: Hubby, Hearth, and Hound.

Glenn Canyon National Recreation Area


I spend the night at Lone Rock Campground on the shores of Lake Powell in the Glenn Canyon NRA.  I never expected to set up a beach camp in the Southwest!


Thanks to blogger friend Terri for suggesting this spot!

The next day I head toward Page, AZ for a much-needed WalMart stop and a day spent catching up on work and blog.  But I am eager to get back on the road – anticipating some interesting stops along the way.  Just about the entire route for the next 2 days travels through the Navaho Nation, an immense, lonely, remote part of Arizona and Utah.

Navaho National Monument



A fascinating National Park site in a serene canyon many miles from nowhere where I learn more about far-ranging Puebloan culture.  The Pueblo People built these well-preserved cliff dwellings, later abandoned for unknown reasons, in about 1300.  Visitors are unable to get close to the dwellings and must make-do with this viewpoint.  


The museum houses excavated artifacts including many examples of exquisite pottery.



Monument Valley



I met a couple of RVers at the beginning of the trip that made me pinky-swear I would not miss driving through Monument Valley.  As we all know, the pinky pact is a solemn one.

The day was a fine one for motoring - cool and crisp - and the two-lane road, though in need of repair in spots, offered several hours of gliding along.  You feel as though you are driving through every John Ford western you've ever seen.


Unfortunately, through this long stretch of buttes and mesas, there is no place to pull over to admire the otherworldly formations.


As is the lot for solo drivers, equipped with just one free hand and a point-and-click, these photos are the best I could manage.




Here is an iconic webshot of the road through the valley.  And yes, the road is exactly as depicted.


Goosenecks State Park, UT


A fantastic place to stop in order to sleep on the edge of a cliff.  Thanks to Nina and Paul of Wheelin' It for the excellent info regarding this stunning place!


If you want directions, here they are: start at Godforsaken Place and follow the road to Remote. Once you get to Nowhere, take a left and go about 20 miles.


The San Juan River carves its way through the canyon 1,000 feet below.


The ghostly spires of Monument Valley are clearly seen some 35 miles to the southwest.


The sunset over this rarest of geological formations is a magnificent sight.


The skies don’t get much darker than here, and I do some prolonged stargazing late into the night.  Perfection, as the sky was clear and moonless.  The Milky Way blanketed overhead like I’ve never seen it before.



Ahhhh .... sweet solitude!







8 comments:

  1. Sweet solitude sounds really good! Loved the beautiful photos. Stay safe as you head back to AL!

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  2. How can anyone not love the southwest? I hope you had time to stop at Goldings little museum.

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  3. What a great wrap up to your big desert circle! We haven't been to Navajo National Monument so that's now on our list. And cheers very much for the shout-out!
    Nina

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  4. Thanks for all the photos and tales of your trip. Have a safe journey home. Until the next trip.

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  5. I bet Doris and John will be very glad to see you in person. Have a great trip east.

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  6. Love all the photos! It's been some time since I was at Monument Valley but I remember that road into and through the valley! It's such a beautiful place, but there is also so much poverty in that area, if I remember correctly.

    So glad you got to stay at Lone Rock - that place is awesome!!!!! I admire your bravery in being able to travel so far on your own.

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  7. Gorgeous photos! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely tour! Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

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