Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Mexican Hat and a Thumb

On my final day of exploring, I visited the Mexican Hat Rock and Monument Valley. I had stayed in the town of Mexican Hat, named for the rock formation, the night before and had plenty of time to explore both places.
Unfortunately, the weather wasn't coroporating but I did get some pretty cool photos. Mexican Hat Rock really amazed me, not for it's size, but for it's obviously unique formation.

Monument Valley consisted of a 17 mile drive through various buttes and red mesas known as Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. I realized very quickly that it probably wasn't the smartest idea to take a heavily loaded Hoda Accord through a bumpy and poorly maintained gravel road through a rock valley. The accord did make it out alive and I got a few nice pictures along the way. My favorite spot in Monument Valley was "the thumb" and rightfully named so.

Atfter I left, I had a fairly short drive to Saint George and the next morning I woke up early and arrived at my training. It was a long and tiring road trip, but it was well worth it!