Sunrise Over Monument Valley
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Travel Blog› entry 7 of 56 › view all entries
April 22nd, 2006 – by: mahoney
Although we missed the first light because of some clouds, the sun did break through and lit up the valley below. All the photographers begin in erst to capture that special photo for which we made the trek up here.
After the sunrise shoot, we went back to the campsite and had breakfast, once again our Navajo guides, Tom and John provided a great meal. We broke camp, loaded up the 4x4's and started to head down off of Hunt's Mesa. We stopped at a very secluded area called Spider Web Arch for about 45 minutes.
We took an alternate route down from the Mesa and avoided the previous day's sand traps. This route took us along a dry riverbed. The guides stopped the vehicles and pointed out an ancient cliff dwelling high above the riverbed. I stood and wondered why anyone would make their home in such a treacherous location.
Further along the riverbed, we stopped again and the guides showed us prehistoric footprints in a rock. Not sure what type of animal left these tracks. As we walked away, I noticed the footprints we left in the sand along the riverbed and wondered if 1,000 years from now somebody might wonder what those tracks were from.
We ended up back at John's house where we left our vans. I bought some Navajo jewelry from one of John's sons. Everybody is very friendly here and I can not wait until I come back to Monument Valley later on my trip.
We left and headed towards Flagstaff, Arizona. We stopped in Kayenta, Arizona for lunch, the local Burger King had an exhibit of the Code Talkers from WWII. John had told us up on Hunt's Mesa that his paternal grandfather had just passed away a week before and he was one of the 400 or so Code Talkers during the war.
We arrived in Flagstaff around 4PM and I said goodbye to the group and headed to my hotel.
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