Then we were in the Navajo Nation…
Love the way the Navajo (known to its own speakers as Diné) built the View Hotel to blend into the land so as not to detract from the beauty of the land around it. No garish neon lights here. The top floor features StarView rooms with unforgettable views of the stars, the entirety of Monument Valley. The rounded shape to the right is the visitor center.
The scenics here are so jaw-dropping that I’ve had a hard time keeping the images I post to my usual minimum. Without further ado, here is what I came up with:
One of the ubiquitous Reservation dogs to greet us…
The “Mittens” seem to have developed iconic status. A prominent and unique feature, they have appeared in a number of movies, particularly Westerns. I believe John Ford may have been the one to start the trend.
Some more images in random order. You can take a closer look by clicking on any image.
A last look back as we left Monument Valley, heading for Mexican Hat.
How Mexican Hat got its name.
Another marvelous formation as we continued down the road. There seemed to be no end to them in this amazing landscape.
Oh, Great Spirit, Oh Grandfathers,
How lucky can one be to know such beauty?
One can search the world over
And not find this much loveliness.