Wednesday, July 18, 2007

WHAT COMES NEXT

A September trip to Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon, that's what comes next.

The question is which arm or which leg do I give up to pay for the fuel it will take to make a trip there and back. An 8 - 10 MPG diesel truck pulling a 12,000 pound fifth wheel trailer can wreak havoc on a bank account.

But, you can't take it with you. Spend it. Enjoy it. Roll in it.

Director John Ford shot 10 western films in Monument Valley. Portions of other films such as Back to the Future III (drive-in scene), Mission Impossible II (Tom Cruise scaling a mesa), Easy Rider (scenes in the beginning of the film), National Lampoon Vacation (the Griswold's station wagon falls apart here), Forest Gump (Forest ends his cross country run here), 2001: Space Odyssey, Thelma and Louise, and Koyaanisqatsi were shot in Monument Valley.

That's why these pictures look so familiar.

Nestled between Utah and Arizona Monument Valley is located on Navajo Indian land. They call it - Tsé Bii' Ndzisgaii (Valley of the Rocks).

What a place to lose yourself. This should be fun.

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4 comments:

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

This will be quite a trip, Bob....It is difficult to fsthom that the cost of the gas is now such a HUGE consideration, isn't it? Where is this all going to end?
Well, as you said, and I so agree, you can't take it with you and a trip like this is such a fabulous thing to do...to see our beautiful country in this way...WOW!
I hope you have a WINDERFUL time!

In regard to your comment: What I write about doesn't sell papers or Soap, for that matter. That we have umpteen "gossip" shows on television is a testement to what DOES sell papers and Soap....Sad, isn't it?

Rachel said...

Have a wonderful time!

Bob said...

Naomi: Thanks for your visit. Here's hoping 4 buck a gallon fuel is not a distant reality.

Rachel: You can bank on it! :)

twilite said...

Hi bob! Can I fit in the trunk? Envious -- you're going to my favorite spots of the wildly grandeur! Yep I'd love to lose myself somewhere out there!!!

Have a jolly wunder vac!

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