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Spent yesterday driving to and touring Monument Valley, ended up in Bluff for the night and then drove to Arches National Park today. To be clear, when I say "touring" Monument Valley, I mean being driven around the rock formations for 3 hours while my mother tried to get our drunk Navajo guide to give up the goods about how Monument Valley was essentially just a big amusement park built and maintained for the benefit of tourists. The conversation went something like this: "So, who built these?" "Nobody man, it was like God just dropped them here. Boom! tee hee hee... Voila! Voila!" "No, but I mean who formed them?" "It was like nature and god and the spirits and stuff. tee hee hee... Voila! Voila!" "uh huh, okay, so who maintains them now?" "Nobody I guess, except when we pray to the spirits to be protecting them 'n' stuff. tee hee hee... Voila! Voila!" "Okay, so you're telling me, nobody comes out here to maintain them? To make sure they keep their shapes?" "Nobody man! It's like Voila! tee hee hee..." This pretty much went on for 3 hours, with brief pauses in the interrogation when our guide would spontaneously burst into song, followed my a fit of laughter and capped off with a "Voila!"


Monument Valley: coffee pot, tea pot and sugar bowl. tee hee hee... Voila! Voila!



Monument Valley: John Ford's Point. From here he directed John Wayne (and others) in the wash below. He directed seven westerns in Monument Valley.



Mexican Hat Rock, outside Mexican Hat en route from Monument Valley to Bluff



Arches Nat'l Park: Balanced Rock



Delicate Arch through some other arch along the way (not positive that's it's official name, but wouldn't be surprised if it is. Whoever named the arches, really wasn't trying to hide the ball.)



Delicate Arch​



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Thanks for the pic's! Only been through once but it is something I will never forget. Didn't stop but went through in the late afternoon and early evening as the sun was setting. Just surreal.
 

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Brings back nice memories of being there this past November. :)

Aren't you glad you didn't drive along that rutted dirt road leading through Monument Valley in your Cayman? I was cringing every time our rental car hit a pothole along that road.
 

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Really enjoyed vacations to Arches / Moab area. If you get a chance, check out Shaffer Trail (but not in your Cayman!)



This angle shows how delicate the Delicate Arch really is. Someday it won't be there, it's only a matter of time.

 
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