Going west, after parting with Andrea and Thomas, such shapes loomed on the horizon, letting us know what awaited us. Monument Valley. The place is known for the western movies, which were shot there; about 100 of them (westerns and not only). The entire area belongs to the Navajo Indian Tribal Park. However, before we venture further, for the night we stop in the shadow of a Mexican Hat.
The valley can be visited on horseback and by a car but always with a local guide. The prices are out of this world, however. We decided to visit ourselves (couldn’t visit whole valley but almost), especially since our car is the best for such paths! Strong sun, making all visitor sweat like sinners in church and because of all the dust, red dust everything and everyone was red, hence explaining the origin of the term Redskins!
For those who want to deepen the knowledge about this monument, I always refer to the beautiful blog America for the Traveler here.
However, before we leave the United States for good, we must visit the area which is one of the most recognisable natural landmarks of this massive country – the Grand Canyon.
Driving along the plateau nothing prepares you for the fantastic views of the Canyon. We pass a beautiful autumn forest and a lazy family of bison. Let this idyllic sight fool you not! Buffalos have temperament, and we are better off keeping our distance. This is how the Grand Canyon presented itself from the north.
Colorado River was difficult to spot. The water level was low, due to a dam in nearby Page and a very hot summer. However, in the famous Horseshoe Bend, we saw it perfectly well.
We changed the direction and headed straight south to Nogales, Arizona. On the way, a little hurricane Rosa scared us, well not us all. Sergio, was very calm with the situation, as expected from a team leader. We were at the edge of spending two days in pouring rain, unable to leave the tent. With survival skills known only, well almost only, to Native Americans, Sergio guided us to safety. The fear of drowning made such beauties look for safer places. You could see them crossing roads all over!
The more south, the more the landscape changes. For the first time we saw a saguaro cactus – yes, they do exist and not only in movies. We stopped at a bar in a small settlement where only locals and met Brad and his companion Rex. Marzena was VERY interested in Rex, I wonder why. Storm clouds kept following us. They look nice in the pictures, but they promise a rough night. The past couple nights we found some nice spots to overnight, roughly 50 km from the border. Unfortunately, on the last one, a secluded valley between the mountains, we had to flee due to heavy rain. We left the mountains and headed for a open area. The views were marvellous. Contrary to expectations, the night was relatively calm. Thunders and lighting for a long time, but not too much rain and weak wind. Next morning all was calm.
Tomorrow, on October 10, we will cross the border with Mexico in Nogales. We do have to hurry up. A great wall is said to be erected on the Mexico and USA broader at any moment, to keep America safe!!! No dangerous animal shall pass.