We woke up today to light rain and 40 degree temperatures. And that was only the beginning.
At 10:30 we were on our way towards Monument Valley. Our route took us through Flagstaff Arizona. Shortly before we got there, the temperature dropped to 30 and a snowstorm hit.
There were several motorcycles and a car in the ditch. We plodded along and got ahead of the storm. Apparently, they are expecting a major storm over the next 24 hours. The weather improved and the temperature reached 60 degrees. Then we hit a really nasty sand storm.
Will this weather ever improve?? We’re not complaining though, too many good things are happening.
We passed through Tuba Arizona and Julie remembered that was the location for the Tony Hillerman detective stories.
Then we reached Monument Valley.
It borders Arizona and Utah. It is so different from anything we’ve seen so far.
Stone formations that just stand in the middle of valleys and flat desert ground. We entered the Indian Reservation and arrived at our hotel, The View. It is the only one on the Reservation. All the rooms have balconies that face the monuments. We can see the iconic “mittens” from our room.
You might recognize this area from old cowboy movies. John Wayne’s Stagecoach was filmed here as well as 2001 A Space Odyssey, Easy Rider, and Thelma and Louise and many more.
For dinner we tried a local specialty… Navajo fry bread.
It looks like nan bread from Indian restaurants. They use it for tacos, as a side dish and also for dessert. Just add honey and powdered sugar. It is made with ground blue corn flour.
We arrived at 5:30 and our mileage is 8,580.