Its hard for us to believe, but our “excellent adventure” started 4 weeks ago.
Today we got up to see the sun rise over the monuments. It came up about 10 minutes earlier than we thought, but it was really beautiful. Since we were up and about, we got moving earlier than usual. After breakfast, we drove along Valley View Road which is a 17 mile loop around the monuments. The road is very primitive in most places, but of course the views were spectacular. At one point a tumbleweed got stuck under the car. The ever amazing Julie said to put the car in reverse. Sure enough the tumble weed dropped off.
We left Monument Valley and headed east to Four Corners. This is the only place in the US that 4 states meet at one point. It is also on Indian territory. The various tribes occupy a lot more land out west than I ever imagined.
Four Corners is a fairly small area. It is surrounded by a partial wall shaped in a semi-circle. The local Indians have booths along the wall to sell their products. In the center of the area is a square with a circle inside. The 4 states are named along the square…New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Arizona. There is a circle in the middle that says it is the meeting point. Just to be completely sure, and to please Steve who wants it all official, we then went back to the road and crossed the state line with a Colorado sign and then a New Mexico sign.
It was freezing cold and very windy. We got our pictures and moved on!
Now on to Santa Fe. The rest of the day was spent driving along picturesque roads and through small towns until we got closer to Santa Fe. We will be staying here for 2 nights, so the local sightseeing will happen tomorrow.
We arrived at 5:30 and our mileage is 8,963.