We stayed on the Goulding complex, pitching ourselves in their RV park. There are a couple of other primitive parks, but this one has useful things like full hook ups and enough electricity to run the air-con.
|The view from our plot|
|We're behind the tree with our patio on the "wrong" side. For some reason, this area of the park was filled up every day with little space between the units, while the rest of the site was only sparsely used|
|John Ford Point, named for the film director who would ride out to here most days. It looks almost like a cigarette advert!|
|Starting point was a visit to a "hogan"- the traditional housing for the local Navajo. Despite what we think, they never lived in teepees; these were just for ceremonial use. Hogans are made from wood slotted together and then covered in mud.|
|We need a "volunteer" to demonstrate how an Indian's hair is tied up|
|First point of interest is "Three Sisters" It is supposed to look like three Catholic Nuns. I can see the image in the left one, but not the others...|
|This one looks like Alfred Hitchcock|
|Here's an example of a petroglyph. Obviously a good point for hunting as there were still many wild goats around.|
|Some of the rock formations close up were interesting. Here we have a cave with an open roof that gives the impression of being a natural bridge|
The first landmark of any kind along the road is called "Mexican Hat". Another rock formation that looks like an inverted Sombrero balanced on another rock
You wonder how long it will remain balanced there! Our destination was Durango, following this route. The detour was to allow us to visit "Four Corners" - the only place in the US where four states meet. It is a freak of geography caused simply by lines being drawn on the map,but why not make a few bucks from it? As it is on Indian Reservation land, it is the local native Americans that profit from it and the monument is surrounded by a good craft market.
There's a small fee to enter and of course, it is mandatory to take a picture on the point where the states meet:
A quick stop in Cortez for supplies and then to Durango. Why Durango? Probably the most famous narrow gauge steam railway in the US... More of that next time