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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Canyon de Chelly Redux!

Kind of slow moving this morning but we left Gallup at about 10ish after stopping at the ATM to refuel. Out to Window Rock and entrance to Arizona, which is celebrating its centennial this year.  We timed and measured mileage from there to Chimle and the Canyon. About 85 miles and an hour and a half. Wanted to know since it is Spring break for a lot of people and we weren't sure if the Holiday Inn or the Best Western at Chimle would have a vacancy.

Got to the Visitors' Center and they provided us with a list of tour providers--one of which was the Thunderbird Lodge right at the beginning of the South Rim drive.  Made reservations for the tour for half day starting tomorrow morning. Came back to the Lodge office and rented a room for the night. I also bought some more Navajo Tea--mint this time and a shot glass and lots of post cards of the Canyon. Professional photographers always provide great supplementation to my photographic efforts.

Returned to the room and caught up on email and banking, took a nap, went to the cafeteria for corned beef and cabbage and took a late afternoon ride through the Canyon. I wanted to see sunset from the top and moonrise. Got the sunset--moonrise happens to much later.

Early tomorrow we check out, get breakfast and off we go. If we love it, we'll return some day for a full day tour. I'm so excited. I'll get to see things from the floor of the Canyon that I've seen from the top and also things I was afraid to look over  the top to see.  Stay tuned--I think the next blog is going to be full of wonder!  Nightie-Night all!

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