Our last day of vacation. It has been an amazing trip. It had been a long time since we had been on a trip together for this many days. The road trip was a great way to spend quality time together. When you spend hours in a car, you have a lot of undivided attention. I highly recommend road trips over flying. You have everything at your disposal, and you get to see so much of our beautiful country. There’s so much out there to explore and experience.
The drive home was mostly uneventful. We could have taken the interstate home pretty much the whole way. But instead we decided to drive the highways that skirted along the northern border of Arizona. By doing this we drove along the southern edge of Monument Valley. You could see many of the formations off in the distance. The geology along the highway had a lot of its own unique formations.
After driving several hours, we started heading south to I40. Looking at the map, I realized we were going to go right by Canyon de Chelly National Monument (pronounced day shay). This canyon has been occupied by Native Americans and Anasazi uninterrupted for the last 5000 years.
We didn’t have time to explore down in the canyon. But we had enough time to drive to several overlooks. I have wanted to see Canyon de Chelly for a long time. I’ve known several people that have visited there, and they always said how beautiful it was.
And it was beautiful! The day was overcast, which is actually perfect for photographing a landscape that has deep canyons, shadows and lots of sandstone. Each overlook provided a different view of the long canyon.
At the upper end of the canyon there were ruins left behind by the Anasazi. They were way down in the bottom of the canyon.
I zoomed in with my birding lens to get a closer view of the ruins.
I loved the effects of the staining on the canyon cliffs.
We walked along the edges of the overlooks. It’s a long way down to the bottom! Tim enjoyed the views. Anyone that knows my husband knows he doesn’t smile big very often. I was thrilled to get this photo of him smiling! 🙂
On the way out we saw several of the local horses free grazing along the top of the canyon. I loved the markings on this gray Appaloosa.
I liked the white eyelashes on this horse. Gave it a unique appearance.
But my favorite was this young Palomino. It posed nicely for me! A great end to our trip!
I hope you have enjoyed reading about my fabulous 20th Anniversary Trip. Thank you so much for coming along!