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.
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.
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.
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!
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.