WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

Navajo Hogan – Monument Valley, Utah – August 2010

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22 thoughts on “WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

  1. I took photos of those same rocks from my friends truck when we drove through the res last fall.

  2. Cool. I’ve read a lot about hogans, and always wondered exactly what one might look like.

    • I used to have a manager that grew up in one and they were nothing like I had pictured. The inside is lined with wooden beams and there is a hole in the top for smoke to rise out of. Of course the modern ones have chimney pipes.

  3. Very cool, and I am guessing the isolation is perfect – but I think I’d still prefer a tepee πŸ˜›

    • The inside is actually lined with wood beams. I guess it was the perfect construction to keep it warm in the winter and cool during the summers. I haven’t seen a real teepee yet. πŸ˜‰

  4. Love it. I’ve driven through there or by there, but never stopped. πŸ˜₯

  5. Monsoon, very nice picture!

    I can’t imagine living in such extreme temperatures, but I guess you gotta give credit to the Navajo people who managed to live there successfully.

    Did you know that during the WWI or II, Navajo dialect was used to encode the messages of the troops because it’s one of the most difficult ones to understand?

    • Thanks Zoom.

      I love learning about the Navajo culture as well. I have heard of the Navajo Code talkers from WWII. At the hotel I stayed at last summer in Monument Valley there was a whole museum dedicated to the Code Talkers.

  6. Very cool, and those big arse rocks behind it, fabulous. I loved the light of the sky when I was there. Very special.

    • It is a very special place, isn’t it? I remember last summer standing in the lobby while Native American flute music was playing. The sun was shining in the east but off in the distance to the west there was a thunder storm. You could see the lightening strikes. Then just beyond that was a rainbow. Spectacular.

      These hogans are still in use up there. I saw one that you could actually stay in like a bed & breakfast. Another had a sky light and a chimney pipe in it.

  7. I want to go there so bad.

  8. geocacherinkerstin

    wow how cool is this shot…I have a bangle from the Navajo-a friend was in 2000 there and gave me this present from his trip….a bangle with turquoise….I love your new header.

    • This must be a popular area to travel to for people in Germany. When I was visiting there were lots of people there speaking German. πŸ™‚ Your bangle sounds beautiful. I am wearing earrings today that I bought from that trip. They are also turquoise.

      • geocacherinkerstin

        yes I agree with you it is a popular area to travel for people….sounds good about the earrings….IΒ΄m a aquarius and turquoise are our stone πŸ™‚ What is your zodiac sign?

        • I believe I am a Taurus. My stone is a diamond. Much to the chagrin of my husband. πŸ˜‰

          • geocacherinkerstin

            diamond is very expencive – I understand your Husband πŸ˜‰ but what is a’Taurus?

            • geocacherinkerstin

              now i have it….Taurus….it is in german a “Stier”….what a strong zodiac sign…you are smart-this is a good zodiac sign…the most of my friends have this zodiac sign πŸ™‚

              • Oh thank you, lol. πŸ™‚ I’ve been told that I am very stubborn which is part of being a Taurus or a Stier.

                • geocacherinkerstin

                  LOL I agree my last friend was also very stubborn πŸ™‚ but also a lovely people-
                  I like the Taurus very much-very strong
                  peoples πŸ˜‰

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