Friday, May 2, 2014

Friday 2 May - Monument Valley

We left in good time and went past the Navajo generating plant. This uses coal from a mine 78 miles away on the Black Mesa and Lake Powell Railroad, the first to be electrified at 50,000 volts AC.
This is scrub country with cattle ranching. We were lucky to have good weather as it has been windy and unpleasant recently.
We went around Monument Valley on a converted four wheel drive pick up truck. It was driven by a Navajo who was born in the valley. The rock formations are magnificent and, once again, the pictures will give a better idea than my words. The ride was pretty rough but we saw some great sights. There were several stops for pictures and in a couple of places for jewelry.
The guide took us to an amphitheater and gave a short demonstration of the double flute.

Demonstration of a double flute

Lunch was at a restaurant with a wide panoramic view of the mesa scenery we have just visited. I had a burger made with Navajo fried bread while Mary had country fried steak with white gravy.
The ride to Flagstaff took three hours through fairly uninteresting country. We entered Flagstaff on Route 66.The Embassy hotel is the best yet with very comfortable rooms, friendly staff, free internet and a free happy hour with snacks.

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