Monument Valley, Canyon De Chelly

Part 3
27th – Monday– On to Monument Valley – dull overcast winter skies. 
Not very photographically interesting… (at least to me) in this light/weather…but I am left with no doubt about how stunning & unique this land is.

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Fortunately, the LA Times has come to my rescue with a great article about Monument Valley, & the whole area I visited:
http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-postcards-monument-valley-20130926-dto,0,2135270.htmlstory

28th – Tuesday – 
On to Canyon De Chelly. Sunny, but turns out to be just for the day – Walk down to White House ruins. Find out just how wide pentax 55mm lense is – take in the entire cliff (ruins to sky) in one vertical (B&W) frame. The next day, kinda cloudy, but the place is so interesting, cloudy is OK.

140CynDeC 226_WhiteHse.Faraway 242_WhiteHouseRuinsTALL 243_WhiteHseRuinsCUSee the small figure carved in the rock, below the ruins?
Close up below:243_WhiteHseRuinsFigureI think this means: ‘The people are here’, i have seen similar in other places.

277_CynC CanyonDeChellyBWAnsel A. made a shot from pretty close to where I was when I tripped the shutter, above.
It’s on the only trail along the perimeter road that leads down to the WH ruins.
A word of warning on this trail: It is easily negotiable… except for 40 or so feet that are
death-defying. Less than 2 feet wide, a notch cut in the canyon wall, one false step?
and yer ass is history. Be forewarned, and don’t take your kids or dog.CynChelly197pano
WhiteHouseBWAs usual, a few interesting links to suggest:

http://blog.sfgate.com/getlost/2013/10/14/offbeat-tourist-spots-in-the-bay-area/#16572-1

http://www.afar.com/highlights/havasu-falls?context=wanderlist&context_id=5340
(you might want to slam ‘www.afar.com’ into your browser, and check it out)

http://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/Road-trippin-along-Highway-1-4824599.php

http://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/A-winter-road-trip-through-the-Southwest-4904728.php
(this one crashed my Safari – hope you have better luck!)

Last but not least, a bit of philosophy, put this in your pipe and smoke it:
http://highway8a.blogspot.com/
Looking For Detachment
“reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.” – Simone Weil