AWESOME – adjective – extremely impressive or daunting,
inspiring great admiration, apprehension or fear.
“Awesome!” responded the young telephone sales clerk when I placed an order for curtains.
“Will that be all?” We said yes and the young waitress replied, “Awesome!”
Neither of those things were awesome. But on our Southwest Road Trip we found something that really was:
Awesome is the Monument Valley that stretched from Northwest Arizona up into Utah.We revised our route north while in Arizona's “Valley of the Sun” (as the Phoenix area is known), after reading a travel article in the local paper. The area sounded too good to miss - and it was!
We were barely 25 miles beyond Kayenta, a small ‘census designated place’ of about 6,000 people (not even a ‘town’) in the Navajo Indian Reservation, when we come over a rise in the road and were met with an ‘AWESOME!’ sight – the kind that gives you goose pimples and a shiver even on the warmest of days.
|The Monument Valley from Highway 163|
There are even two hotels in this somewhat lonesome landscape – The View Hotel and Restaurant and the Monument Valley Trading Post, both just off Highway 163. One warns that because of the remote location, Wi-Fi might be a bit lacking in speed and quality.
|Monument Valley straddles Arizona and Utah|
|Monsoon season made a lush green carpet on the valley floor|
Entry fee is $20 per car with up to four occupants. National Park passes don’t work here.
|Mind-boggling in size and shape - the Monument Valley rock formations|
|Monument Valley - Arizona and Utah|
|A two-lane highway bisects the Monument Valley|
|A mitten perhaps?|
|A long and not so lonesome highway leads to Monument Valley|
|Up close and awesome!|
Our destination that day was Moab and its amazing Arches National Park - an area that turned out to be equally as 'awesome' as here. We'll tell you about it soon. And, as always, we appreciate the time you spend with us and hope that your travels are healthy and happy ones.
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