July 14, 2013
Sunday - day 4 (continued)
Other stops on the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Tour that stood out were one with Anasazi petroglyphs and a long one where a young Navaho woman was carding wool. Several tours were there at the same time and one of the guides convinced a young German girl from our group to let the Navaho woman use the wool to put the girls hair in a bun.
I think the Navajos were fascinated with this young woman. At the next stop, one of the other guides painted her face with mud.
There was some standing water from the previous night's storms and there was one spot where our guide said he didn't think we could make it, but he didn't want to turn back. He hesitated for a fe seconds than went on with water spraying up from the sides of the truck.
I think the ride was much more pleasant because of that rain. It wasn't until the last 20 minutes that the soil was getting so dry that dust was becoming unpleasant during the tour.
Although there are many Anasazi Petroglyphs in Monument Valley, the only ones we saw during our tour were some 700 year old images of big horn sheep in a niche below Eye of the Sun. Ansel Adams photographed these same petroglyphs in 1958, but the scratches below some of the figures at the left in the photo below were not there then. The running sheep is particularly striking.