Anasazi , Monuments and Goose Necks

Trip Start May 30, 2011
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Trip End Jun 09, 2011


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Monday, June 6, 2011

June 6 Monday Anasazi Museum, Monument Valley, Navajo Dancers- Best Western, Page, UT

Early start at 7:30 since we have some ground to cover. First stop at 9 is in Blandings at the Edge of Cedars Museum. It's for the archaeological findings for a Anasazi village that once existed here. The grounds include a repaired kiva set up with a ladder for folks to climb down and check it out. There is also a sculpture with shapes carved into the outside. As the sun crosses the sky and the seasons pass, the light shining inside is in the shape of the carvings.

We continue on south, but make a quick meander over to the Goosenecks. The San Juan river has also meandered and cut out 3 fingers of rock. It's about 1012 ft down. With the wind blowing hard, we're concerned about taking a dive down.

The smoke of the Arizona wild fire is now joined by a dust storm! The red dust blankets everything. We stop for lunch at Gouldings where I have a delicious small bowl of beef stew accompanied by a mountain of fried bread. The bread is tasty but very greasy. They hand out a squeeze bottle of honey to go with the bread. I have several chunks but leave most of the mound. A few folks try it out with the honey for desert.

Monument Valley is right across the street. We all offload for the photo op, but there isn't much to see with all the sand filling the sky and bombarding us. It's a pretty short stopover.

We unload quickly at our hotel in Page since we're going to a Navajo cultural presentation. Back on the bus for a short ride to their center. We're divided up into 3 groups and take turns visiting a male and female hogan and sweat lodge with one young woman who discusses living styles,  another large hogan for a demonstration of weaving processes with another young woman, and a shade area for a discussion of Navajo culture and philosophy with an older man. Afterward, young men and boys wearing colorful clothing and gear demonstrate dances for us including the hoop dance.

Then finally dinner and off to bed. Tomorrow we have an early start for the cruise of Lake Powell.
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