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Old 11-10-2012, 07:09 PM   #1
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Monument Valley in November

We left Durango early Friday morning just ahead of a winter storm - rain mixed with sleet on the deck, but our driveway was clear. Ice or snow would have kept us at home. Donít even think about pulling the Airstream up our steep driveway with ice. Normal people would have kept her winterized in storage. WA state is our destination for Thanksgiving with family, but we like to catch a few nice places en-route. Drove thru Cortez, Bluff and Medicine Hat thru rain, high winds and sandstorms. Tumbleweeds blowing across the road at 30 knots! Dramatic and beautiful! Docked Jalan Jalan at Gouldings in Monument Valley at 1430 in a stinging 40 knot sandstorm. Only three other RVís in the park. We like boondocking, but a full hookup is appreciated in this weather. Good to spend the afternoon in the secure comfort of our aluminum cocoon. Went out for a dinner of green chile pork stew and Navajo fry bread, and then back for a snug night with the wind howling and freezing rain pelting the roof.

Morning was cold and clear. Visited the well-done Navajo center and drove the rough 17 mile loop thru the stunning mesas, cliffs and towers. We love Moab, Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, and Natural Bridges, but Monument Valley is special in a different way. The weather was changing, and the clouds played the light upon the formations to provide spectacular contrasts. The desert plants were green from the overnight rains. We took our time on the drive, savoring the beauty.

Gouldings is a worthwhile visit in itself. Interesting history, trading post museum, fine facilities. Donít know if I would appreciate it in the full tourist onslaught of summer, but in November it was quite nice. We had our pick of sites in the campground, and enjoyed fine views in absolute peace and quiet.

Off to Zion tomorrow.
Safe Travels,
Joe & Joan Donnaway
Durango, CO
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