|distant monuments in the Navaho Tribal Park|
Look at this! Monument Valley is famous for being the site of many westerns, especially those with John Wayne. It's true, I am a cowgirl at heart but today I was more intrigued with the play of sun and shadow on the rocks, and the distances which drew my eye forward. It is difficult to find words to describe my experience...let me share some photos instead. Ross reminds me that photos fall short also and says "You just had to be there".
Though it is possible to drive into Monument Valley in your own car or truck, I wouldn't advise it. The road was rough and not graded for cars. We chose to take a tour in a "jitney", which is a nice name for an open flatbed truck (though we did have upholestered bench seats and a step up when entering/exiting). Our tour guide was great, and answered questions about the geology, the history and the Navaho Nation.
This is good country for me to travel through at this time. I am grieving the loss of my stepmother-she passed away at the end of March. We were able to backtrack to Phoenix twice-once so I could spend some time with her and then again to return for the funeral. Somehow this country with it's emptiness and strong geology is heartening to me. Life continues.