Smythe Family On The Road travel blog

Looking out over the high desert as we head out on our...

We're four-wheeling it today!

We can see our road down in the valley. Well, we thought...

Up throught the cut.

The road's getting rougher.

A nice view through the hills to the rock across the way.

Road's getting rougher yet!

There's a cave in the rock across the valley.

A shot of the guys.

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Tom and Jonathan hike down the road a bit to see if...

We decide to go for it.

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Another hike to check things out. The road comes to a dead...

A better shot of the cave on the way back up the...

A sunflower we spotted earlier.

We're back on the main road and head toward the next left...

We head through the cut.

Beautiful!

A shot of Deb wiht the red rock in the background.

Back to the truck so we can keep going.

We head down the right road this time and get to see...

A view across the valley.

Driving along the road, this is the scenery out the left side...

Jonathan plays on the rock pile.

Puts things into perspective.

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We shout to see if our voices echo back at us. Yep!...

Tom and Jonathan hang out on the rock pile.

A picture from the end of the valley as we are headed...

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Scenery as we drive toward Monument Valley.

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This is the upside down "hat" that the town of Mexican Hat...

Mexican Hat.

This rock formation is part of Valley of the Gods.

You can see Monument Valley in the distance.

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First view after we enter Monument Valley.

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Jonathan piles the rocks up like trail markers.

Hey Boyo!

Running up and down the hill burns off some energy.

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The three spires are called The Three Sisters. That was an easy...

The Three Sisters.

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The sun hit this nicely.

You can see the cars driving up the road in this shot.

Jonathan runs off some more energy as we stop to take another...

Deb and Jonathan.

Someone was kind enough to take a family shot for us.

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We think they must plow or grade the road over the years...

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The camp you see is actually a Navajo home.

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The sun is beginning to get lower in the west sky.

Another leg stretch for Jonathan.

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Weight Lifter Jonathan holds the rock up on his shoulders.

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A view across the valley.

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Saturday, June 7, 2008.

Blue Mountain RV Park

Four-Wheeling It to Monument Valley

We just got back from a fun day. We drove south from the campground a ways on some gravel/dirt roads today and saw some sights people don't usually get to see. We stopped in a town called Mexican Hat for dinner. (Actually it was a late lunch. Glad we brought snacks to get Jonathan through.) We made it to Monument Valley after that. Boy what a beautiful place. It's on the Navajo Reservation so they had stands set up with jewelry and other crafts they were selling much like they did at Four Corners.

Tom had to dial in tonight at 10:00 so we had to get home. Jonathan is getting a shower and then we'll put him to bed. I won't be far behind him either.

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