Just as I crossed into the Navajo Tribal Lands, a dust storm turned the horizon a gloomy orange, and in the distance the spires of Monument Valley could just be seen shrouded in the dust clouds. The winds came up, and the RV battled a little with a strong headwind, but I eventually made it to Monument Valley, and made my way to the primitive campground there.
As evening came the winds lessened, and I went for a walk around the base of on of the huge buttes, and a couple of miles from the campsite I sat in the utter silence to wait for sunset. It was a bit too cloudy for a spectacular sunset, but it was very atmospheric to sit alone among the towering spires of this majestic landscape.
Once again my alarm was set for 6am, and I got up just as it was getting lighter. I drove deeper into the spectacular park on dusty desert roads, following the trail that loops around some of the spectacular rock formations. Once again it was a bit too cloudy for a spectacular sunrise, but the views were awesome.
I am going to have to do some serious cleaning inside the RV later on today, as the red dust seems to have got in somewhere, and there is a thin red layer on every flat surface. However, the views make it all worth while!
This place has been the backdrop for so many movies that there is quite a strange feeling of familiarity being here.
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