Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Colorado Plateau!

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 9:34 pm

Sitting in front of a campfire at Goosenecks State Park. Life is good again.

Had a so-so breakfast at the Hopi Cultural Center. Food was good but service was slow so it was cold by the time we were served.
Drove to Third Mesa and out to Old Oraibi Village where we walked out to the old ruins of a church like building. The Hopis drove out the missionaries in the 1600s. Does the building date to then? Who knows?

We then drove through Moenkopi near Tuba City which has it own old almost Pueblo like part of town.

At that point, our good humor ran out and we spent the next few hours unhappy with each other. We also found out that our house had no heat and it was 11 degrees in Aspen last night. So after phone calls to the gas company and to neighbors, we made arrangements to have the furnace checked and motored on.

By the time we reached Monument Valley, we were getting along again. So we went to check out Oljato Trading Post which turned out to be closed and drove through Monument Valley (my first time) with the awesome light of sunset. Took lots of photos (to make up for all the pics we couldn't take on the Hopi rez?) and then drove on to Goosenecks.

Turned out all we needed heatwise was a new ignition switch, not a new $3000 boiler so we were able to settle into the best camping spot, enjoy the last of the sunset and our steak and vegetable dinner and now a lovely, if slightly windblown, campfire.

3d best night of the trip.

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