One of the best parts of our lives right now is the opportunity to travel to nearby lands. This weekend we once again explored southward towards the Navajo Nation.
We drove out to Muley Point, a cliff overlooking the Monument Valley in the Navajo Nation. The haze clouds the view but adds in beautiful layers. Naturally the view is much better in person but you can get the feeling of the expanse of the land and the canyonlands below.
On to the next spot: The northern part of the Navajo Nation. We stopped at a trading post where we could have bought beautiful handmade Navajo rugs (starting at $250 for a small weaving and going way up from there). The artists deserve the money, for the work is intricate. The trading post had colored rug yarn for sale, bright and muted colors in bundles on the wall.
However, when we talked to some of the local people, they all said they rarely bought the yarn there. After all they had their own sheep so they would make their own when necessary. They use every part of the sheep and consider the animals one of their most precious resources. The store also had feed, propane, farm supplies and remedies for curses. Yes, curse remedies right there in the counter under the cash register. I wanted to buy one but couldn’t think of any curses I needed to counteract.
We ended up at the Four Corners monument, the only place in the United States where four states meet. Dave obligingly touched all four states for the photo. This spot is on Navajo lands, and usually there is a charge to visit, but they sponsored a foot race that day so the fee collectors were busy elsewhere that day. Four Corners has vendors there, with booths set up in each of the quadrants, so there is one set of stands in each state. We bought some things in the Utah section but spoke to the artists in all four states. What an experience, to shop in Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, all within walking distance. A perfect way to travel, in my opinon.
Going on these trips reminds me why we are on the road. Sometimes it gets difficult to be so far away from friends and family. But then we get to visit places like this. Truly amazing.
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” Edward Abbey