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Friday, 25 April 2008

Monument Valley

Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona
We decided to go back for seconds today. It would be great to catch a rainbow or impressive sunset behind the monuments, but it was not meant to be.

We were out hiking in the canyons this morning and caught this desert wildflower.

This rock is called "Mexican Hat". It appears to be well-balanced.

Mrs. Phred is standing on John Ford Point. This an outcropping with a panoramic view where John set up his cameras to film John Wayne in "Stagecoach".

The spire on the right is called the "Totem Pole". It has a diameter of 75 feet at the top. This is where Ray Charles and his grand piano made a commercial.

What a place of amazing beauty. I would live here if I were lucky enough to be a Navajo.

We had dinner at the trading post. The red wine was non-alcoholic since no intoxicating beverages are allowed on Navajo land. I had a green chile and pork stew with traditional Navajo bread. Mrs. Phred got a strange pepper with her meal. It was sweet on the tip and got hotter toward the stem. They played soft flute music though the meal as the sun went down.

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