Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Day 3 - The Four Corners and Canyon de Chelly

Day three started with a trek to The Four Corners - which we heard on the news the other night is not geographically in the correct place! But I guess since legally all four states accept the monument as the spot where Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico meet then we can count it.

We had to buy some fry bread and Navajo trinkets from the local vendors.
We then headed to Canyon de Chelly which is located on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. On our way we hit a sandstorm that reduced the visibility to about 20 ft! It was totally wild! I have never seen anything like it! There was nothing for miles and miles all around us and the pink sand was being blown in gusts across the highway. We had to reduce our speed to about 20 miles an hour at some points. Needless to say it took us a while to get there.

We stopped for lunch in Chinle and debated about whether to attempt to go to the canyon or not. We decided to push on. The wind was fierce but the canyon was gorgeous!

As usual Wes geared us up for an adventure and we braved the wind and sand to take the 2.5 mile hike to the ruins at the bottom of the canyon.

The White House ruins...
Built at the base of this sheer cliff wall!
Little SJ trying to take cover from the blowing sand.
It definitely was an adventure but Canyon de Chelly was spectacular. I am so glad we got to see it. Someday I hope to get a chance to really explore it (without the sand storm!).


The Harrises said...

Just got caught up on your newest adventure. I love that you are absorb the world around you. Looks like a fun trip. That sand storm did look wild!

Anna said...

Good for you for pushing on!! I think it is such a beautiful place. We should go together sometime. It would be so fun. I would love to go back.

Julie said...

What an event. The sand storm will make it that much more memorable. Poor SJ. She is such a good sport. You should thank her for that. It is not easy being a Spencer.