Wednesday, November 12, 2014

11/12/14 Bluff to Page

I started south to Page. I decided not to linger much in Monument Valley as it was still windy and I hoped to get to a Verizon store and get a phone and an unlimited data plan as today was the last day to transfer one.  



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There was a sign for this little CG on the way to Monument Valley.  There was no one around though.
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Basic dry camping but the scenery was spectacular
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I might have spent a night if there'd been anyone around.
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Since it was on the way, I decided to swing through Navajo Nat'l Monument.
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Dinosaur tracks. Probably lifted from the site in Tuba City
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Hogans
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First view of ruins
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Betatakin Ruins, Navajo Nat'l Mon.
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Betatakin Ruins, Navajo Nat'l Mon.
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Navajo Mountain
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I got to Page, checked out the Verizon store, and decided I didn't need to blow the $$ on a phone then a chancy transfer that is difficult even when not rushed. I settled in at the Page Walmart for the night, wondering what the heck I was doing there almost a week before my photo tour.  Sighhh.....

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

11/11/14 Bluff

It was a somewhat quiet night. The folks next door in the truck camper bailed in the middle of the night. It was cold. I headed into Bluff and had an awesome breakfast at the Twin Rocks Cafe. I did a little exploring, saw a few of the sandstone Victorian Houses I'd heard of, and wandered up a road to some ruins & a cemetary. I ended up heading back to Goosenecks for the night. Leah & Richard had left so I snagged their spot. :-)

 

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At Twin Rocks Cafe in Bluff
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The Twins in Bluff UT. There are some amazing rock formations in this part of the country.
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One of the sandstone Victorians.
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The pueblo is still mostly unexcavated, just a tiny bit is visible.
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The rest of the Pueblo is under the hill
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Cemetary Road, Bluff UT
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Bluff Cemetary
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These were markers for unrecovered war dead.
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Pulling back into Goosenecks...had to wonder what was in that huge trailer.
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11/10/14 Monument Valley or Bu......well maybe not

Well, the best laid plans and whatnot......I left Goosenecks with the intention of heading to Monument Valley. I stopped and saw the Mexican Hat Rock, then spotted a cafe by the rive. After a pleasant walk by the river followed by a truly awful Navajo Taco at the Old Bridge Grille, I continued my journey. Well, I could tell it was windy, but I didn't realize how bad till I got to the top of a hill and saw Monument Valley engulfed in dust. :-( I pulled over & mulled my options.....decided to head back to Bluff & Sand Island BLM. I hoped it would be warmer & less windy there.

 

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Crazy that that rock doesn't come tumbling down.
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Pretty sure these petroglyphs over the cafe were a modern addition
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Is this the same San Juan River I've been staring down 1300' at for the past few days? Hard to believe, especially since I was less than 10 miles away.
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Dunno what this was but it was cool.
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It was nice to be able to touch the water that had been so remote from my perch high above.
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Strange symmetry
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Yeah, I parked in a bad spot. I wasn't QUITE blocking access to the hotel. Of course, if they don't want people to park there they probably shouldn't paint lines....
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Hehe... view from my table
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Sigh......this looked fabulous. Unfortunately looks were deceiving. My first Navajo taco was a disappointment. The chili was so watery it turned the frybread to mush instantly/ Bummer.
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So many closed and abandoned places!
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I pulled over here to evaluate my options. I was getting blown all over the road and the dust was just horrendous. I finally decided to turn tail and run. Sand Island BLM by the river was supposed to be nice, and I hoped lower elevation would mean warmer and less wind. Monument Valley was going to have to wait.
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I wondered if Valley of the Gods might be sheltered by the mesa. Um, not. Driving through there was like having a sandblaster aimed at you. It was almost comical.
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It just kept getting worse. I hoped no one at Goosenecks lost their stuff as I'm sure it was windy up there too.
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My hope that things would be better at a lower altitude turned out to be correct.  Sand Island was still windy, but it wasn't sandblaster, hang on to your hat & car doors, windy. The wind through the trees was actually very pleasant. When I was in the camper it sounded like a light rain.


Gorgeous cottonwoods(?) at Sand Island.
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Not sure if it shows here but the ramp is more like a ledge. :-) I guess the river is low....
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I scored a site on the river, yay!
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Can't beat waterfront!
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My site
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This is a pretty place with its soaring rock walls, softly rushing river, and a nice mix of vegetation.
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Fireball :-)
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Yeah, ok. I'm pretty sure we've heard this before....introducing non-native pests to eradicate non-native pests is usually sooooo successful. :-(
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There are hundreds & hundres of petroglyphs here.
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I used the cloning tool in Lightroom to eradicate some graffiti. It would have been better with Photoshop but I don't have it on this computer. It's a shame people are such assholes.
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More graffiti removed here using the cloning tool.
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Loved this view from my site
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Incredible fall colors here.
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The river looks so calm and placid, hard to believe it carved those incredible canyons.
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I thought about moving to this site but a school group had the 5 adjacent sites reserved for the next day. I decided to stay where I was.
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Sure was a pretty view though.
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I thought this guy was fixing to leave with the pop top up. I was thinking, "Oh, that looks like a bad idea!" But he was only backing up a few more feet. Their nose had been kind out in the road....
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