SP14D – Day 11, Been There, Done That

Well, I made it to Monument Valley. It didn’t do it for me. Some places are a little too commercial. I keep wanting to check to see if I still have my wallet. It also attracts an interesting group of people. There’s a road to the valley floor from the the visitor’s center. I drove down it a little ways. It makes the road to the bottom of Canyonlands seem like a freeway. There was a guy from Tennessee working his way down it in a Camaro. Slowly, very slowly. Of course those of use with more appropriate vehicles either had to wait or try to find a way around him. I don’t think I would have made the same decision.

I made it almost all the way to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The campground was full, but an inn near the entrance had a room. Ok. Another shower. Works for me. Nice people, nice place, nice meal.

Here are the pics of the day.

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SP14D – Day 10, Into the Canyon

I discovered that there are two entrances to Canyonlands National Park. One south of Moab (Needles) and the other north (Island in the Sky). Island in the Sky is the closest to Moab so I went there. My plan was to do a bit more sightseeing then find a hotel with a shower and good Internet. It ended up being a long and adventurous drive.

I began with all the usual stops. The scenery is amazing as you might guess. I still haven’t figured out how to capture the immensity in a photograph. It’s just huge and nearly as interesting outside the park to the north as in the park to the south.

The morning was spent at all the usual stops and taking pictures of many of the views that everyone else has taken pictures of. Fun and spectacular. In the afternoon, I decided to travel off the beaten path. If you have a 4WD vehicle there’s a road you can follow that takes you all the way down to the Colorado River. It begins with a stretch of road that’s glued a couple of thousand feet up a cliff face and goes on from there. While I’m not in the habit of driving off the road even on flat ground this makes you very sensitive to where your wheels are. The drive was very fun and my Xterra did an awesome job.

Here are the pics.

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