On the way back from Colorado, AmyH, BSG and Sailor Babo spent two nights at Canyon de Chelly on the Navajo Nation. It has been on AmyH’s bucket list for as long as she’s lived in Arizona. It’s not very easy to get to from Phoenix so this was the perfect opportunity to check it out.
They were able to get to Spider Rock before sunset.
The only way to get into the canyon is to hire a Navajo guide to take you in. What is a national park/monument to us Anglos is still a place of life and work for the Navajos.
Since AmyH picked a horseback tour, Sailor Babo was safe inside a saddlebag for most of the four hours they were in the canyon. He was able to spot a mountain goat and some cliff dwellings from his bouncy view on a fast Indian pony.
Then they arrived at the turn-around point of their tour and what AmyH has been waiting to see in person for 20+ years, the White House Ruins.
The next day they made their way back to Phoenix, stopping at the National Historic Site Hubbell Trading Post.
They continued on to Flagstaff, where they grabbed a beer with a bear who likes hugs.