Beautiful! Such gorgeous scenery. We journeyed onward and reached Natural Bridges around 5:30 pm. Plenty of time to reserve a campground on a Thursday night, right? Right. They were full. As it turns out, they only have 13 campsites!!! Really? A National Park, and it has only 13 sites? Oh well, they have plenty of BLM land that allows for overflow camping so we found a nice little spot there.
Seems to be a recurring theme for him, lol. We set up the tent, we ate some chow and then busted out the toys. I drove little FJ on the slick rock, all Moab-style and stuff. Hunter flew his plane and good times were had by all.
Natural Bridges has been designated as an official Dark Park, so we were looking forward to checking out the stars. We left the fly cover off our tent and slept under the dazzling starlight.
It was beautiful. More remarkable, however, was the sound...or lack thereof. It was literally the quietest place I've ever been. The only sound was that of crickets, and nothing else. Even in Henrieville there are a ton of night sounds that can keep a person awake all night. There are dogs, coyotes, cats, light highway traffic, and other occasional/variable animal noises. Here, in Natural Bridges, there was NOTHING. It was amazing.
I was pretty excited for the next day because we were travelling onward via the Moki Dugway.
"The Moki Dugway gets its name from the carved hand- and foot-holds on cliff faces throughout the region created by the ancient Native Americans. Worn step-like paths can be found leading up cliffs to food storage areas, dwellings, springs, or up steep escarpments..." (quoted from this site). It's difficult to describe how incredibly impressive the sights are here. It left me breathless with wonder. But hey, why describe it when I can show you?
Our GPS said it well:
Absolutely stunning. It was raining a little bit too, which made for some cool sky effects. At the bottom of the Moki Dugway you pass thru (or by?) the Valley of the Gods. You can tell this is Monument Valley territory; it's just so amazingly cool!!!
We had a campfire BBQ our last night there, and I spotted a picnic table with a large number of pinecones lined up on the bench. I think they were waiting for dinner and starved to death because nobody brought it. Anyway they looked cute so I snapped a shot.
It was a great weekend. :)