One of the jokes we made frequently on holiday was how many photographs we'd taken of 'stripy rocks'. And rocks in general. I think it's the geologist in Eddy!! Our next destination on the Great American Road Trip was no exception... Monument Valley.
Thanks to a wonderful tip-off from a work colleague, we stayed at Goulding's Lodge. Goulding's was one of the first trading posts in the area, and was used as a set in 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon'. But for us it was the stunning view from our room that made it special.
We stayed in the motel on the bottom right of this photo - our room was the ground floor one that is on the left of the building. It had stunning views of Monument Valley:
The sun was beginning to set when we arrived...
So we waited a while and watched the sun set before getting dinner!
The next day we paid for a 3-hour tour of Monument Valley. It was well worth the money. Our tour guide had a wicked sense of humour - we realised he was making up names for some of the rock formations when he said "see that rock over there - it looks like Snoopy lying down". Snoopy was joined by "W V, stands for Wonderful View":
...and "submarine rising out of the ocean". Sadly I failed to snap Snoopy or the sub, but the rock formations I did get a shot of were stunning:
A rare photo of Ed and I looking fairly normal (we don't look good in photos, as a rule)
We LOVED the petroglyphs (typical archaeologists!!)
After our tour we had a lovely slice of cake to keep us going, and headed off to Cortez, our next overnight destination. We passed Mexican Hat, and Ed got this shot as we drove past:
The lovely stripy rocks in the background are typical of the rock formations we passed between the Grand Canyon and Cortez - but I won't share any more photos of rocks with you - at least not today!!!