Friday, December 6, 2013

We decided to take off for Monument Valley on Thursday morning, but found out that it was $5 each to get in and $12 to camp at the only campground in the park. That would have been fine if it was a better time of year for visiting there. No dispersed camping. Good thing I got a bit of internet before we went the 70 or so miles (round trip) out of our way. Quick change of plan lead us to Sand Island CG. There was a loop road that lead to a huge wall of petroglyphs.

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They were estimated to have been done as long ago as 3000 years with the most recent being about 300 years ago. You can somewhat tell the difference. Some drawings look more primitive than others. The subject matter was a bit different too, as some of the newer ones depicted 

priests and crosses.

 

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Sam knocked on the door of the caretakers office. A young man in a knit ranger cap came out and they talked for a few minutes. The caretaker had shut off the water the day before because it was the end of the season and so very, very cold.

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He was a sweetheart and told us to go ahead and camp for free. Yay!

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After we got permission to park, we headed up to Bluff to check it out. Who knew what a neat little town it would be. There are lots of historical reasons to go there, but the view is the biggest reason. Breathtaking from nearly everywhere in town.

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There were some businesses, gas, convenience store with outrageous prices, a pizza restaurant. This town is old, old, old. Some of the houses are Victorian

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and seem out of their element in a western town. So much history and totally worth checking out.

 

When we got back to Sand Island, we parked the rig and enjoyed some of the last of the afternoon sun. Sam decided we should go for a walk. It was getting late and it was so very cold. I was whining and didn't want to go. He said he was going, and since I can't let him go discover uncharted (by us) territory without me, I rallied, grabbed my camera and begrudgingly followed him down a trail just behind where we were parked. There was a huge rock wall lining the trail on the left. There were no signs or historical markers, so we didn't expect to see much, but suddenly, petroglyphs started showing up everywhere.

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. Looking at the carvings just makes your imagination go a little crazy.

 

The walk back was freezing, but it was worth it. We were both starving, so we made tuna sandwich bowls. Toasted Ezekial bread with cheddar cheese melted under the broiler. Small pieces of romaine in the bowl, a little balsamic, plop of tuna (orange pepper, celery, onion flakes, garlic powder, salt, pepper, chipotle, vinegar and mayo). dab of pickle relish, slices of avocado all on top. Add cubed cheezy bread and there you have a satisfying little dinner.

Today was another cold day, but sunny. So, once again, we took some down time and put out the solar panel to recharge both us and our batteries. The sun was pouring into the RV for most of the day, so it was heavenly. We are running out of most of our quick road food, so Sam is having to resort to cooking. He is making a wicked curry lentil stew with quinoa, red peppers, celery and carrot. Since we had casino pie for breakfast and a buttery, garlicky, baked potato with yogurt for lunch (both delicious, but not exactly high on the nutrition scale), I can't wait to dive into hot stew.

Not sure where we're headed tomorrow. We're thinking Hovenweep. It's going to be super cold and in the single digits at night just about anywhere around here, so what the heck?

 


 

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