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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Monument Valley, Utah/ Arizona

Its been over a month since I last wrote a long post. It got very busy here, what with my three adorable nieces around. But something worth blogging came up, and I would not want to pass up on the chance to log it here in my treasure chest of memories (blog). I  want to write about it for posterity's sake. Besides, even though a picture is worth a thousand words, it doesn't tell a complete story (teehee).

During Thanksgiving break I met with one of my Salitype sisters and long-time blogging buddy, Betchai, of The Joys of Simple Life. Most of you in the blogospehere know her because of her well-written travel blogs and post-card-perfect outdoor photos. She and husband, Khai, invited my husband and I to go photo-hiking with them to Utah and Arizona. It was an idea that we warmly welcomed since Doods and I did not have much planned for the week-long Thanksgiving break. We just decided to drive to Arizona to visit my sister and spend the week with the family. The thing is, there is so much to see in Arizona, so despite the fact that Doods and I have been spending a lot of time there, there are still a lot of beautiful spots we haven't explored yet.

Initially, Beth planned for us to meet at Moab, Utah to explore the arches at Arches National Park, and then explore Bryce Canyon the next day. Sadly, the weather did not cooperate. The forecast for Moab on the days we were suppose to go hiking there were in the 50s, but it dropped to 40s, and much later, 30s. The road where we were suppose to drive to get to Moab had snow. As per Beth's advice, we did not risk driving in the snow. Instead, we made plans to meet them the next day at Monument Valley National Park. About an hour and a half from my sister's house -shorter and safer drive. It was fortunate that the two were very flexible and Beth was quick in creating another itinerary.

We met Tuesday. We explored Monument Valley National Park. It is interesting that Monument Valley National Park is in the state line of Arizona and Utah. Part of Monument Valley is in Arizona and another part is in Utah.

Sunset at Monument Valley
Monument Valley

 Beth and I at the rooftop of The View Hotel, overlooking Monument Valley

The Mitten (notice the thumb?)

We met at Carl Hayden Visitor Center. Beth advised us to pass by a visitor center and speak to a ranger for much needed information about the park and to get some tips on famous spots where you can take a good picture.

  The next day, all four of us explored part of Glen Canyon and Lake Powell.

We had a marvelous time with Beth and Khai. 
Thank you guys for inviting us to join you in exploring Utah and Arizona. Can't wait for our next photo exploration

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~Albert Schweitze


betchai said...

oh Tes, I thanks so much for this post, we sure did enjoyed the time spent with you guys. Exploring the beauty of our natural world becomes more meaningful and fun with friends around. You are right, there are so many beautiful places to see and explore near your sister's area, in the Grand Circle, I guess they call it Grand Circle since it is a circle of mind blowing nature sceneries and National Parks.

So excited to have part 2 of exploring :)

Dave said...

Sending our love this Christmas to you and your family.

Best Regards,
Dave, Eng and Ysabelle

Merry Christmas and Sorry

Icy BC said...

Looks like you both had so much fun! Beautiful photos, Tes.

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