Monday, July 2, 2012

July 2 - Moab to Monument Valley

Got up early and went for breakfast at the Moab Diner and then into Arches National Park. Our priority was to see the Landscape Arch. This was a about a 3.5 to 4.0 miles hike in 96 f. Some of the climb was rather steep and coming down slippery. All of it was worth it, it was a beautiful sight.

We then went to see some of the other Arches that we had seen in good detail on our prior visit.

Left Arches and stopped for lunch at the Moab Diner before proceeding towards Monument Valley.

The entrance to Monument Valley Tribal Park, is completely changed from the last time we were there 5 years back. Previously the entrance road led right to the monuments, the new road although nicely built and merged with the surroundings did not have the same impact.

We checked into the aptly named View Hotel. All the rooms had baloconies with views of Monument Valley and being on the third floor, the our view was gorgeous.

We looked into some tours for the next day and chose The Mittens Tours company. We had called two others, one was specially for photographs, but too stuck up and expensive, the other never returned my call. Mittens Tours appeared to be the most flexible, accommodating and flexible.

We had dinner at the hotel. The food was mediocre and the service was terrible. I never got my guacamole and sour cream came after I was halfway done with my meal, the waiter just seemed to have vanished after serving me.

We went to bed early looking forward to the guided tour for tomorrow.

Location:Monument Valley

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