Santa Fe, NM - Monument Valley, UT. 280mi, 450km.
Today I was flat out in the van, I don't know if it was because I was tired or the fact I had a cold. This wasn't our longest drive either but it felt like it took forever to get to Monument Valley, again we watched thunderstorms from a far, the rain made some of the mountains and rock look like they had been painted silver. Up ahead for most of the journey I could see this large mountain and it looked like a castle in the sky, it was mesmerising. I'm sure our tour guide said it was called Jeff's rock but I can't be sure.
Monument valley was a place I was looking forward to, when I first began looking at the southern sun tour I saw so many pictures taken here. Today we did the Navajo tour with the optional activity of sleeping in monument valley which all our group agreed to do. Navajo's are native Americans of the Southwestern united states. Our guide was called John who was really friendly and informative throughout the tour. We rode around on an open top jeep, it was freezing and at first I found it hard to enjoy myself with rain hitting me in the face.
Our next stop was given the name the giant ear, we ran up a sand dune to take photos, then on the way back down we all held hands and ran, although one person ended up falling over and face planted the sand. On our way back through monument valley the sun had begun to set, reflecting light of the rocks which shone a beautiful golden colour. The navajo's had prepared us dinner of tacos, mine was without the meat but it was so fresh and filling, it was a comfort food to warm us up on such a cold night as they got a fire blazing. I also had the bread with some honey on afterwards for dessert which was just as good.
Once we had finished eating, we all circled around the fire to watch a traditional song and dance that mimicked animals such as butterflies, it was so beautiful to watch. I felt so lucky to be able to experience this, once he had finished we then all joined in with the dance, it was so much fun, something I will remember forever. Since we were stopping in monument valley for the night we were then driven back to the hogan we would be staying in, it was so warm and cozy. I have to point out the toilets are drop holes and there is no where to wash so I just slept in my make up and the clothes I had on. We all slept in a circle around the stove, played games as we all drifted of to sleep. It was such a wonderful and magical day.