Trip Start Jun 28, 2012
28Trip End Aug 28, 2012
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Where I stayed
The View Hotel Monument Valley
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Read my review - 5/5 stars
What I did
Norman Bates Mother.
Price, Utah is a very small mining town. Think "Coober Pedy" in Priscilla Quenn of the Desert.
It was 100 degrees outside. The girl in reception told me check in was not until 3pm (2 hours away). I asked her if there was any chance of my room being ready earlier to which she replied "Check in is at 3pm" Ok then!
Went back out into the blistering heat and called Ron (my go to "someone to moan at") when I'm in the states. lol. Phoned around to see if there were any local bars. Not a chance on a Sunday! Seriously...Utah needs to sort itself out! One place did say I could have a beer or ONE glass of wine IF I bought a meal!! I'm guessing the meal was baked beans straight from the can
Finally checked in at 3pm (not a SECOND earlier!) The hotel was really creepy. It was a holiday Inn, but more like the Bates Motel. Room was ok, but really old fashion with flowery wall paper everywhere and dark brown furnishing (hiding God knows what!) Am I a snob??
Got some KFC take out and watched "Wrong Turn 2" not one of my best decisions!
Got up very early and set off for Monument Valley. Been looking forward to this for months. The drive down was amazing! Drove through a nice town called Moab, which in hind site, I wish I'd have stayed at instead of Price.
Best part was the approach to Monument Valley. I remember being a kid and seeing the cover of "Best of The Eagles" and hoping I would go there one day...and here I was!
I stayed at the only hotel in the area called The View. You can see where it got it's name in my pics. The hotel and the whole area, is part of the Navajo Nation reservation
It's hard to describe the absolute stunning beauty of the view. My pictures just don't do it justice. I don't have enough superlatives to describe it (not that I had many to start with!)
It's hard to understand how something so beautiful, was not planned. I'm feeling a virtual nudge & wink from my religious friends! lol.
Sat on the balcony for a few hours with a couple of glasses of wine. It was TOTALLY silent. After some food and a bit of TV (Reba), I went back out on the balcony. It was pitch black, except for the stars. I've never seen a starry sky like that in my life. I even saw a few shooting stars! Unfortunately, a passing bat sent me screaming back into the room for the night.
I set the alarm for 5am, so I could see the sunset, from total dark to light. It was just stunning. Not for the first time on this trip, not sure why, but I got a bit emotional, thinking about friends that have gone and my step dad, Danny, who passed away 2 years ago
There was no pool at the hotel, in the room guide they explain this by telling you that the Navajo people are very poor and have no running water, so it would be crass for the hotel to have a pool. Totally understandable, except, all the Navajo people I saw were driving huge 4x4's, and looked very well to do. The gift shop at the hotel sold lot's of carvings and souvenirs made by the locals. These were MEGA expensive ie: $200 for a small carved totem pole. The tourists were buying this stuff in van loads. I think the locals are not as poor as we're made to think. However it's nice to know that traditions are still going strong, and old whitey is still being scalped. lol (just a joke)
I did see something that made me laugh out loud...if you look at the "mitten" (second pic down), is it me or does it look like Jesus on his mobile??? Ironic as there is no internet or phone signal from my room. *wonders who Jesus's service provider is*
Was sad to leave. This place, and this hotel is a MUST DO! Best day so far!
Now time for something shallow and tacky...watch out Vegas! X
BTW...the first pic is a video...click and press play