Saturday, December 20, 2008

One of the iconic views of the American southwest. You almost expect to see John Wayne to come riding into the scene. This image was made on my second trip to Monument Valley. 

My first trip was two years prior. My brother and I took my dad on a tour of northeast Arizona, visiting Meteor Crater, Petrified Forest/Painted Desert NP, Canyon de Chelly, Monument Valley, and the Grand Canyon. My dad is a big western movie fan and loves to travel. He  has been all over the world and these days travels with my godfather (my mom hates to travel), who also joined us on that trip. (They are going to Hawaii after Christmas.) But dad had never been to the American southwest.

The trip with dad was in September 2006. It was to have been in April but while I was vacationing in the Florida Keys in February of that year, I got a call from dad. He was very apologetic but we where going to have to postpone our trip. He had visited the doctor that day and the doctor told him to "go home and do nothing". And scheduled him for bypass surgery. Obviously, the surgery was a success. And the trip was postponed a mere six months, although this was probably a bit too soon, as dad experienced shortness of breath throughout the trip. It was a great trip never-the-less.

And our visit to Monument Valley was during a dust storm. Very cool. But the second day the lock mechanism on our rental car broke, we couldn't get in, and the nearest AAA guy was three hours away. Not so cool.

1 comment:

LauraHinNJ said...

I love this one, John Wayne or no.