Monument Valley

The diverse landscape in the United States never ceases to amaze me.  One day I am surrounded by green, fragrant pine trees with rugged, majestic mountains and the next day there are no trees, no distinguishable scent.  Yet the air is crisp and fresh.  There’s rock, rock in all directions as far as the eye can see.  Rocks in a multitude of hues.  Rocks in awe-inspiring size and shape.RVing

We spent the night in a gravely parking lot on a Mesa high above the San Juan River (Mesa is the Spanish word for Plateau.  The English word Plateau is rarely used in this part of the country.)  Gooseneck State Park was a great find, although I have a bit of a problem referring to a parking lot as a State Park.  The 360 degree views, the faint sound of the rivers’ rapids echoing in the canyon, and the absence of a fee made up for any lack of amenities.

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Horses roam the Navajo Nation

While Al and I are enjoying the sunset at a picnic table, a young couple drives up.  They ask about the fee and if a tent is ok?  We inform them they can tent here free, much to their surprise.  Turns out this young couple are from the Czech Republic and traveling America’s west for the next month.  They share their intended journey and we offer recommendations and advice, which they appreciate.

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other campers spend the night on this scenic mesa

The next morning all campers (us and three cars) are up early and ready to embark on the day’s journey.  For Al and me, we are excited and look forward to today’s drive through Monument Valley.  It did not disappoint and was well worth traveling a bit out of our way to experience the scenery of Monument Valley.  We would definitely return and plan at least a day or two stay so we could horseback ride or ATV the backcountry.  We’re fascinated by the uniqueness of the area.  If you must have trees….well then….this is not the place for you.  It’s all about rock!Monument Valley

Monument Valley

Monument Valley

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Monument Valley

Today’s destination is Page, Arizona.  We’ll stay in an RV Park for the night to regroup.  The last time we were in Page, AZ was in the mid 90’s and we camped with the kids at the Wahweap Marina.  That was a pretty exciting trip for me.  Lake Powell was a place I had longed to visit.  And once again, I’m excited and happy to be returning.

Lake Powell

Lake Powell

Lake Powell

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  4. How lovely. I am looking forward to the day when I am free to travel and enjoy the outdoors, in the meantime I am looking forward to a walk at the local forest preserve later this morning to get the blood flowing and the mind free…. take care and enjoy your travels.

    • Hey, thanks for stopping by. For some reason your security settings aren’t allowing me to comment on your blog 😦 Enjoy the forest presserve. There are times I miss the lushness of IL but the warmth of the desert is winning right now 🙂

  5. Oh that’s one of our favorite places, we haven’t spent nearly as much time there as we would have liked. Thanks for sharing, and congrats on getting back on the road. Isn’t it great?!

  6. You are seeing a beautiful little slice of America. I love Monument Valley and was fortunate to be able to see it when the hot air balloon festival was there many years ago. Lake Powell is always great to see. Safe travels. 🙂

    • So much to see….so little time LOL.
      FYI…Cave Creek Regional Park or McDowell Regional Park are both great places to stay to visit Scottsdale. Nina did a write up on McDowell if you need more info.

  7. No matter how many times we drive through Monument Valley it always excites me and spurs my imagination. Safe travels. Maureen

  8. Your photos are beautiful. Jerry said, “Wow!” Several years ago we spent a week on Lake Powell on a gorgeous houseboat (we were invited by one of Jerry’s clients). We loved it!! Take care and travel safe.

    • Lake Powell is amazing. We camped at Bullfrog and took our little ski boat exploring several years ago. Way fun!
      Hope you have an enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend.

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