In the spirit of Jim Chee, Navajo Tribal Police
Trip Start Jan 04, 2010
11Trip End Jan 16, 2010
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Up at the usual 7:30 AM to the 'annoying' ring of my cell phone. Easy and effective alarm clock! Another sky-blue day with not a cloud in the sky. The high desert is cold and last night it was down again into the mid teens Fahrenheit. After waiting for Rich to join the ‘land of living’ we set off on our continuing our quest for ‘interesting’ food. We each had a breakfast special of spinach tortilla wrap with scrambled egg, white rice, onion, and salsa. Hmmm. Where’s my low-fat yogurt, blueberries, and Fibre One cereal?
I drove yesterday
The west-side route took us through dry, arid country with spectacular sandstone buttes rearing out of the desert to the west of us. Several gigantic smokestacks evident near Shiprock emitted white vapour and a smoggy smudge on the horizon. Coal-fired power plants such as these provide much of the electrical power in Arizona and they’re often seen on Navajo land.
We stopped at a huge, Saturday flea market on the outskirts of Shiprock
We drove into old downtown of Farmington. Nice little town on the bank of the San Juan River and the only area of irrigated, small-holding, agricultural fields we’ve seen since arriving in Phoenix five days ago. Happened upon the 3 Rivers Restaurant on Main Street for lunch and it’s now on our very short list of ‘recommended eateries’. Good, fresh ingredients in whole wheat bread sandwich and tasty soup. The owners have a craft brewery on the premises and their pale ale is excellent, or so Rich tells me. I had water. Or, maybe not.
East to Aztec, a few miles away, the site of a National Monument where early native dwellings were discovered in the mid 1700’s by a passing explorer
We headed south on the last, long leg of the day from Farmington out onto the San Juan Plateau as the sun set on our right in the west. We had to get home to downtown Gallup to watch the NFL playoff game with Dallas and Philly. Grown boys have their priorities, after all.