Monument Valley

Continuing with our November trip, while we had our base in Page, AZ, we took a drive out to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, through the Navajo Nation which covers most of the top Eastern Corner of Arizona and extends up into Utah.  Monument Valley itself is actually in Utah.  This is a place that should not be missed.  The picture above was taken while on the scenic drive through the park. The scenic drive is 17 miles in total. The road is dirt and extremely rutted in some spots so a high seated vehicle is needed, otherwise I would be worried of bottoming out.

Back to the picture – you can see a snow squall coming in from the distance.  This was November and there are areas of the desert and surrounding areas that do see snowfall in the late fall and winter months.

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This picture was taken on our way back to Page while in the Navajo Nation.  Forrest Gump could have been running on this very road.

Back to Monument Valley.  Below are two of the most iconic sites in Monument Valley, The Mittens.  Buttes that look like hands, or hands in mittens.

The visitors center at Monument Valley is located at the entrance and includes a gift shop, restaurant and hotel.  We stopped in for lunch at the restaurant and had traditional Fry Bread (mine actually was a Navajo Taco).  Delicious.

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As a few of the scenic stops along the drive in Monument Valley, local artisans sell their handmade crafts.  I’m sure during the summer months these stalls are full and even though it was November there were a few individuals still plying their trade.

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Finally, here is a picture of the photographer who took most of these pictures, my husband Dave.

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Glen Canyon – Page, AZ

There is an iconic photo that all seem to take of Horseshoe Bend at Glen Canyon.  My husband opted for something a little bit different.  The picture above is of the Bend, but looking down the Colorado River with others seen in the distance on the left to give the canyon perspective.  This was at sunset on the evening we arrived in Glen Canyon during our November 2016 trip to Utah and Arizona.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area include not only the “Bend”, but Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam – along with numerous other amazing wonders.  Page, Arizona which is located right at the Southern end of Lake Powell by the dam, is where we stayed for exploring not only Glen Canyon, but also to visit Monument Valley (more to come later).

From the trailhead, it is a 1.5 mile roundtrip hike to Horseshoe Bend and well worth the visit.  If you are afraid of heights, getting right up to the edge might be a bit scary – it was for me.  Dave had is tripod and camera perched right on the edge – he claims he was 1/2 foot away from the edge, I don’t think so.  To be honest I had a little bit of a panic attack just watching him.

Exploring the area includes a visit to the Glen Canyon Dam.  Built in the 1950’s (well after Hoover Dam) and created not only Lake Powell, but Page, AZ as well.  There is still controversy over the dam as it altered the natural flow of the Colorado, but it still is a beautiful area to visit.  At the visitor’s center they offer a nice tour of the dam itself which Dave went on while we visited.

Being there in November is not the time to grab an iconic houseboat and spend time on the lake itself.  Instead we spent our time marveling at the Canyon itself.

Intrepid Photographer

Dave and I just returned from an amazing vacation to Nevada, Utah and Arizona.  We took so many pictures, that it will take a bit to process all of them.  In the meantime I decided to post a couple of my pictures of what I call “The Intrepid Photographer” (or pictures of the Husband).

The first one above is a picture of the “Crazy” Photographer.  During our trip my husband was continually looking for that shot down the road, so I snapped one of him taking one of those shots.  You can see a little snow and even ice on the roadway.  This picture was taken in Arizona on the way to Monument Valley.  Looking forward to seeing what shots Dave got while kneeling out in the middle of a road where the posted speed limit was 70 miles an hour.

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We started the trip by flying into Las Vegas.  We spend a couple of days there before setting off for Utah.  Here is a picture of Dave at Red Rock Canyon.  Behind the Visitor’s Center they have a platform where you can get a 360 degree view of the entire park.

We went from Las Vegas to St. George, which became our home base for a few days as we explored Zion (will post pictures of our Angels Landing adventure soon).  After Zion we moved to Kanab ( on Thanksgiving) to explore Bryce.  Below are a few “Photographer” pictures I took in Bryce at and near sunrise.

Kanab is known as the Little Hollywood of the West.  As we were leaving Kanab on our way to Page, we stopped at a few landmarks along the way, including the old Gunsmoke set.

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While in Page we visited both Glen Canyon and Monument Valley before heading back to Las Vegas and our flight home.

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Stay tuned for more on our November adventures.