Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Travel Blog› entry 6 of 56 › view all entries
April 21st, 2006 – by: mahoney
Driving along this area makes one think of being on an entirely different planet. The colors are very bold and around every bend in the road is another great view. Your imagination runs wild as you look at the rock formations around you.
We stopped near Goulding to meet our Navajo guides who will take us to Hunt's Mesa. Tom and his nephew John were very personable and extremely knowledgeable about the area.
The drive to Hunt's Mesa is one I will never forget. We transfered all of our gear into 2 4x4 Suburbans and headed out along the highway. We turned off onto a dirt road that was in bad need of grading (Are you reading this Bureau of Indian Affairs?). The ride was like driving on an old washboard!
Once we got off Washboard Alley, we started across desert land as we headed up towards Hunt's Mesa. A couple of times along this route, the vehicles became stuck in the sand, at which point we had to dig them out and also give them a push so we could continue. Many jokes about perishing in the desert were thrown about.
This ride up to the top of the mesa took about 3 hours and it was better than any roller coaster ride anywhere.
We went to our campsite and dropped off our gear. Then we headed further along the mesa to scope out locations for photographing the sunset and sunrise. Back at the campsite, we erected our tents and other necessary facilities. A fire was built and the guides made a wonderful steak dinner.
I was too tall to sleep in one of the tents, so I opted to sleep out under the clear night in my sleeping bag. I stayed up talking withe Tom and John about their Indian culture until about midnight and then went to bed. Not to sleep, but just to bed. I stayed awake most of the night just staring up into the night sky. I have never seen so many stars. With no artificial lights around, the heavens are free to shine down upon Earth. I gave up on counting how many shooting stars I saw. I was able to pick out several well known constellations and even made up a few of my own.
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