As you’ve probably already guessed by now I am slightly in love with America – so yes it’s another US post…sorry!
I’m pretty sure the first time I heard of Monument Valley was when I watched Forest Gump for the first time. Now I’m not going to lie – I was never a big fan of the film, but that short glimpse of Monument Valley has stayed with me ever since. It was a place I only ever thought I would dream of visiting and even now, 7 months later, I can’t quite believe I was there.
We were driving from Durango, Colorado to the Grand Canyon and only really passing through Monument Valley. The entire drive seemed to be one straight, deserted road through an abyss of barren land. Slowly, the scenery started building up a little, small rock formations appeared every now and then and we even saw the occasional desert plant. After a couple of hours of driving we caught our first glimpse of the Valley. Photo op number 1 of the day!
Even seeing the Valley from this distance was totally surreal. Sometimes we packed so much into one day that it didn’t really sink in where we were or what we were doing. After a quick photo stop we boarded the coach again and drove further into the Valley. I’m not sure if it’s common knowledge or not, but it really surprised me that there was a visitor’s centre and gift shop right in the heart of the Valley! Maybe it was me being naive but I thought it would be really quiet and tranquil with only the odd few people there. Oh how wrong I was!
Recognise this photo from the front page of my blog? Sitting on the rocks admiring the view was out of this world! Experiences like this are hard to put into words – you just have to experience them for yourself. If Monument Valley isn’t on your bucket list I urge you to put it on there, it’s a memory that will last a lifetime!
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