We have now traveled nearly 1,200 miles and over the half-way point on our journey. Our next stop after Mesa Verde was Canyon de Chelly (pronounced Canyon de-SHAY) National Monument in the heart of the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona.
It’s 5:30 in the morning and a light rain has started to fall. The gentle sound of the raindrops on the Grey Goose is a soothing change from the dry and windy weather we’ve had over the last four days.
We spent our fourth night on the road at an RV park on the outskirts of Gallup, New Mexico. We were glad to have full hookups again after a few cold nights at the Grand Canyon.
After a leisurely breakfast, we drove to the visitor’s center and parked in the busy lot. Following the crowds, we made our way up the paved path to Mather Point, one of the most popular vistas on the south rim.
We left Kingman earlier this morning for a leisurely 3½ hour drive to the Canyon. We planned on stopping along the historic route 66 that parallels interstate 40 from here hoping to catch a glimpse of this iconic highway.
The first leg of our trip through the US Southwest took us from our home in San Clemente to Kingman, Arizona, a town of about 30,000 inhabitants and about an hour east of Needles. Continue reading
We met Bob and Wendy at their house and were on the road at 7 am. It was Sunday, August 13th. Our plan was to reach the Grand Teton National Park by Tuesday afternoon, almost a week before the Total Solar Eclipse. Being Sunday morning, traffic was light and we made good time, stopping near Barstow for gas and a quick breakfast sandwich.