Back in Utah

Trip Start Apr 11, 2011
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Trip End Apr 24, 2011


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Blue Mountain Trading Post and RV Park

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Here we are in Blanding, Utah, at a very simple little RV Park.  No Ponderosa pines here.  But I can see for miles and miles.  They do have a type of English sycamore tree in town with balls hanging all over - very weird looking tree.  John called them dingle-berry trees. 

We visited their little museum.  And it was very nice for a small town.  It was settled by the Mormons who were forced to leave Mexico.  It took many years to get water out here, but now they are irrigating for alfalfa or something similar.  I think that's one of our problems.  People are always trying to alter their environment to fit their needs, instead of settling in an environment that suits their needs.  Do you wonder why we have a water problem.

The last little town we passed through in Arizona was Kayenta.  It is a tiny community of mostly Native Americans, but it was totally congested.  I don't know what was going on.  It's got a highway junction.  It was bizarre.  We stopped at McDonald's for lunch and so John could check the Internet regarding a reservation.  A lady knocked on our door trying to sell us jewelry.  There are so many Navajo jewelry stands all across the part of Arizona we saw.  I wonder how much money they make.  There are many desolate looking areas.

21 miles north of Kayenta is Monument Valley.  Those rock formations were so striking, rising up from the flat land in forms that resembled man-made monuments.  They were bold and strong looking. 

The first community we came to in Utah was Mexican Hat.  You will see the small rock formation in our photos for which the town is named.  The San Juan River flows through the center of town (?) and I guess that's why this place exists.  I will not move there.  In fact, I haven't found that place yet.

I am hoping tomorrow we will do more sightseeing and stopping to smell, never mind about the smelling.  I just hope we aren't in such a rush.  We are heading northwest toward Capital Reef National Park, but there are many interesting things on the map between here and there and I'm determined to see some.  Eventually, I'll let you know.

Good night, my family and friends.  Sleep like you're in no rush to see the morning light...
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