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// SEPTEMBER 2009
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Monument Valley


19th of September
Alone…in the magic ravine!!!

It was morning and we were still in Utah. Our magic journey continued towards Capitol Reef National Park. We arrived at the ravine, driving on a dirt track. Around us, the glorification of the color pink.

We lost everything: radio, telephone, GPS. We were all alone into the ravine. The pink colors gave their place to the golden ones. Huge rocks, fallen next to us, provoked awe.

The dizzying, golden colors faded into an unadorned, unpretentious white color which covered everything.

Plateaus and amphitheaters made of rocks, the ridges of which were skyrocketing over the deserted landscape, like gigantic waves, at a width of 160klm. A complex of magnificent domes, created by naked rocks, mountainsides and canyons reaches as far as the line of the horizon. Magic ravine!



One of the most fascinating landscapes of the planet!!!

We left behind us the Capitol Reef National Park and we moved towards the next two parks, which we were going to explore in that day: The Canyonlands and the Arches.

The landscape, during the course, was absolutely surreal. Colorless, cemented rocks could be seen everywhere.

We got into the Canyonlands National Park, passing through a landscape which is considered as one of the most fascinating of the planet. We were impressed by the strange shaping of the rocks, which stand next to each other, resembling human figures.

We arrived at  Arches National Park too. It is characterized by the presence of 2000 stony arches, chiseled on the rocks, 150 million years ago. The sizes and the colors were absolutely surreal.



The valley of the monuments and the magic of the shadows!!!

We continued towards Monument Valley, covering an absolutely beautiful course, through Mexican Hut.

We had entered the Navajo Indians area. The whole Monument Valley is a monument of the Indians’ life and history. It is also one of the most magical_ and most photographed_ places on earth.

The valley startles the visitor with its rocks, which resemble Cathedrals.

The landscape is stunning, not only because of its beauty, but also because of its size too.

One should no wonder, why those closed areas and those huge plateaus are often used as cinematographic decors, since the vastness of the landscape makes them really unique. The fragile pyramids are surrounded by “mesas”, hills, dunes, trees, wind and sand. They are painted with all the beautiful colors of the valley too. All the above is a symphony of harmony, which makes the visit to the Monument Valley a really incomparable experience.

We enjoyed this beautiful land, while driving on the Scenic Drive of Monument Valley, during sunset. Our trip was done on a dirt road with lots of dust, which, though, was offering landscapes with lots of colors and amazing natural chiseled creations.

When the shadows started falling, while the sun was setting, everything became magic.



Like an adjusted stress test…

One could say that the visit at this corner of the American Continent is like a compact and at the same time detailed study of the geological past of our planet. The ecstatic visitor has it all in front of his eyes. The erosion, with the magical shapes that are created by it, the beauty of the untouched…

There were moments that we were having difficulties to repeat the instinctive process of breathing. All this beauty that surrounds you is simply breathless. You feel it as an adjusted stress test.

And it is, literally, a stress test, when it comes to all this natural beauty of the Earth’s landscapes.

Well, we passed this awkward test. We are going to live, my Doctor…Regardless of the repetitive shocks which would put the resistances of anyone under ordeal…Such a beautiful planet, really!!!

This planet deserves to be taken care of, to be protected. But, first, I guess, you have to become acquainted with it, to discover it, in order to really appreciate it…

We left Monument Valley behind us, believing that we had seen it under all the possible lightings and we moved towards  Gouldings Lodge, which would host us for the night. But before going to bed, we tried, first, the food of the Indians at the hotel’s restaurant.

 

20th of September 
It is dawning…

Good morning, Monument Valley.

Just before dawn, the view of Monument Valley, from the balcony of our room, is magnificently amazing. Of course, we would never miss this unique moment of the dawning light…

With every passing minute, the colors were changing and were softening gradually. The sky was a real miracle and the shapes of all the wonders that were surrounding us were amazing, while the Lodge was slowly awakening…
This is the magic of the colors in Monument Valley.

The sun was rising and all the rocks were bathed by sunlight, while the eagles had started flying over our heads, breaking the silence. The day was starting…



Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
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Country: United States
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Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
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Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
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