Before I talk about Monument Valley, I would like to take a minute to talk about blogging while doing a jammed packed cross country RV trip. It is not easy. Most of the locations that we are in are remote with little or no Internet. This makes uploading stories and especially pictures and video very tough. As I type this it is 6 AM which is usually my only free time. I am in the tracker parked on the edge of Lake Powell watching an amazing lightening storm approach from the East. I wish I could adequately describe the sound of the thunder echoing through the mountains and canyons. One lone crack can last for 10 seconds as the sound bounces off the cliffs of redrock. The early morning hours are “daddy time”. I let the crew sleep in and either go explore the area or find a good spot like this to sit and write. Writing the blog is the easy part. Uploading the pictures and video is the hard part. I have been known on occasion to “borrow” an open network of a nearby ranch, farm, or local hotel. Even then, the connection is usually slow and the pics take forever to upload. Video is a whole other story.
Monument Valley was a last minute change to our plans. I always build in some fluff time to these trips in order to make adjustments en route. It was not far off the route and we decided to stop and camp here for a day. Goulding’s campground sat just a few miles from the entrance to Monument Valley. The view from the camper was simply amazing. Definitely a top 10 campsite. After we settled in, Colby and I decided to stretch our legs with a little hike into the redrock bluffs and buttes. Less than ¼ of a mile in we came across a huge sandstone arch on an unmarked trail. Anywhere else and this would be a destination onto itself, but here in Monument Valley it was just another rock formation. We continued our climb which began to get a little technical. I thought of turning back, but Colby seemed sure footed so we continued to monkey our way up the rocks.