Weekend In Monument Valley, UT

Here is the view from the hotel balcony.  Pictures will never do it justice.



This was the one hiking trail you could take without a Navajo guide.  It was a good 3 mile hike and absolutely beautiful.  Off in the distance a man rang a cow bell to move his sheep to another area.  A few seconds later the herding dogs spotted us and came to say hello.  We were very happy that they were friendly!


This sign was out in the middle of the trail and there was no hogan in sight.  Not sure where it came from. 



This chart hung in the hotel room.  It shows what plants are used to dye wool.  Among these are red onion skin and juniper berries and needles.



On Saturday we took a guided tour through the park.  We were the only Americans in a group of lively German tourists who had the best camera equipment I have ever seen.  My camera conked out the first day and all of these were taken using my phone.  They are highly touched up.  This was the first photo op.  This old trunk is that of a juniper tree.  Monument Valley is a very windy place and this gnarled trunk shows what years of wind and elements can create.




This lady is named Susie.  She is 91 years old and only speaks Navajo.  She is inside her hogan

(pronounced ho-gahn).   We pulled up with the tour guide into this little ranch and the tour guide beeped the horn a few times.  Susie no longer lives in the hogan but has a small house across the lot.  The guide gathered us all into the hogan and Susie came out of her house and entered the hogan.  She took a seat on a small bench opposite of the door.  She showed us how she makes wool and had a long spindle that she rolled against her leg.  The wool comes from sheep on her land.   The highlight of this tour was meeting her.  This wasn’t something just set up for the tourists.  This is where and how she lives.  That was pretty neat. 


I ws the lucky recipient of a Navajo hair bun.  This is a style that is worn by both the men and women.  If I remember correctly, the men wear it higher up on the head.  I sat infront of Susie in the hogan while she brushed my hair with a buffalo hair brush.  She wound it with wool from her own sheep.  It was such a privilege!   



Although you can’t tell, these dunes are of the most rich terra cotta color.  The sand is as fine as powder.





The Navajo nation is knows for it’s wild horses.  Our guide stopped to let us take some pictures and these guys wandered onto the set.  It was neat to see. 




Well, I would love to go back with some better camera equipment.  It was an incredible trip.  On Saturday night when we returned from dinner, I decided to sit out on the balcony and take in the stars.  There are no street lights at all and it is very quiet.  I caught a glimpse of an orange light peeking behind a cloud layered on the horizon of the night sky.  It was the rising moon, a little past the full stage.  All of the sudden in the distance I could hear drum beats coming from the valley below.  There were no lights from campfires or anything else out there that I could detect.  I stood on the balcony anticipating the moon to rise up like the leading lady on the stage of the night sky.  The drums seem to get louder and more intense.  Suddenly the moon broke free of the clouds and I almost wanted to applaud it’s arrival.  Even the stone buttes seem to rise up to it.  Everything seem to be so alive.  The wind picked up and whistled around the building like a voice.  I could have cried.  It was so beautiful.  The moon cast a milky blue glow onto the buttes and the desert below.  The drum beats continued.  I didn’t want it to end.

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Happy Hump Day! Apply Caffeine When Needed…

Some days are just like that.  If I didn't enjoy the taste of coffee so much then this would definitely be an option!


Another happy customer.  I love the look on his little face!

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Strange, Yet Funny, Record Album Covers

This is according to the Huffington Post.


If someone wielding two swords told me to shut up and dance then I admit that I probably would!  The police would at least have a funny story to tell later.

 Never heard of them but they certainly look enthusiastic.

Well no wonder Julie looks so depressed.  Only her beer drinking, cigarette smoking Dad showed to the party.


The Patridge Family cousins the Patridge Family doesn't want you to see.



  The McDonald Sisters sing on the topic of self-confidence.


I wonder what Zoolander would have to say about this guy?

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Deer Valley Rock Art Museum Visit


This museum came into existence 16 years ago when urban development threatened an area known for their many ancient petroglyphs.  A committee was formed and the area with these ancient symbols, was turned into a museum. 





Here are the photos from our weekend trip:





This rock depicts many animal forms.  On the bottom right of the rock are two deer nose to nose.  A park attendant thought that this may have depicted a deer on one side and his reflection on the other given the close proximity of a now dry river bed.


There were many interesting symbols and shapes.  This one looks like a caterpillar or centipede.  Or maybe it is supposed to represent something more spiritual?  The pictures here are only a few compared to what we were able to see.  They were located on top of a hill.  Although I tried my best to zoom in, the symbols aren't discernible.  They appear to just be a pile of rocks.  However, some of the symbols included what looked like the stick figure of a man with antennae and also another human-like form with lines drawn in that looked like a rib cage.




Manos and metates used to grind mesquite beans into flour.


Could the wavy lines on this rock symbolize water?  These are estimated to be between 1,000 and 1,500 years old.  They tell a story.  Maybe someday we'll know what it is. 

This museum is located in N. Phoenix.  Here is the web address for anyone interested: http://dvrac.asu.edu/.  If you have AAA there is a discount to get in.

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A Few Shots From The Weekend


The top picture caught my eye one afternoon last week.  The sky here is usually an endless blue except for that day when one tiny little cloud made a brief appearance.

The picture on the bottom really doesn't capture the magnificance of this rainbow.  This was taken with my camera phone.  I took another with the digital camera but it didn't look nearly as clear as this one.  All the neighborhood kids are gathered watching it unfold.  In a world full of video games it was pretty cool to see a bunch of kids outside taking in the wonder of this rainbow. 

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