I composed this post about a week ago, but it kept getting pushed to the back by many hands … so to speak.
I just had to go to my Flickr photos to find and search for this picture after picking up the travel section in the Saturday paper.
In the newspaper, was I seeing a picture through the very same arch as in my photos? I had to check it out.
Not quite the same spot but really close. The newspaper photo looked on at least part of the same scene because the monuments (buttes and mesas) were the same as those on the left side of my photo. However, the shape of the arch was different.
I have come back to Monument Valley in my previous blog space and now here several times now, for our tour of it was a memorable experience. As the sun was setting, we took a three hour jeep tour with a Najavo guide. It was magical to both Cuppa and me: even more so for me at least that the Grand Canyon, Sedona or Canyon de Chelly, which were our other main stops in Arizona.
In the newspaper article, Gary A Warner, listed it as one of his ten favourite places in the USA, and I can understand why as that three hour guided tour was certainly a highlight for us. Strangely enough, however, it seems to me that many Arizonians or tourists to that remarkable state never make it to Monument Valley or if they do, they choose just to look from the visitors center. What they see are the Mittens (below), which are nice enough, but there is so much more in my opinion. For us, the not insubstantial amount spent to hire this guide was well worth it in what we knew would be trip that we would only take once.
Finally, for those who might be interested in staying seeing a little more, here is a slideshow of my Flickr pictures from Monument Valley.