Monument Valley, Utah

September 19, 2016 Paul Groves

We spent the day on the border of Arizona and Utah. Mostly, we were on the Navajo reservation, but the Hopi reservation is inside the huge Navajo reservation. We visited a trading post where I got to watch a Navajo woman making a rug. I have grown up with native artifacts, since I am Native American, but I never watched someone make a rug. What a lot of work and skill to create such a beautiful object. We traveled to Guilding’s where we had lunch (fry bread sandwiches… Yum) and then toured Monument Valley in a Jeep tour led by a Navajo guide. I especially thought it interesting that the top layer of the buttes are made of a very sturdy rock which keeps the mountains from being eroded away to nothing.