Friday, September 17, 2010

Flashback Friday - Valley of the Gods

You may remember last week I wrote about how we had to cross this mountain (Cedar Mesa) to get to Natural Bridges National Monument.

And that itty-bitty gray line is the road leading to the mountain:

And we all know that what goes up (meaning us) MUST come down so we had to drive back DOWN the mountain on our return trip. Once we reached the bottom we took a left off that ribboned gray road to get to the Valley of the Gods (VOTG).

VOTG is like a "mini-me" of Monument Valley, another Flashback Friday topic. It's a 17-mile dirt road that winds through various rock formations. It was like we landed on another planet - the only other person we passed was a guy by the side of the road who's motorcycle was stuck in the sand. Jim got out and helped him push it to the road. Other than that - it was desolate. The wind howled over the sand and through the rocks. Here's a short clip.

We never had a map of the rock formations - I just stumbled across one while writing this post. So I'm going to try to match up some of my photos with what I think are the correct names of the formations.

This one is called "Seven Sailors" because there are seven rocks with flat "hats" on top. 

But I called it "Screaming Man" because I zoomed in on the one rock, and, well, it looks like a man screaming.

There was supposed to be a rock formation that looked like a battleship. This one likes like a pirate ship to me. Does that count?

I thought this one looked like a monkey face. Do you think I could get a job naming these rock formations?

These next few are just rock formations. I've numbered them 1, 2, 3 and 4. Clever. I know.

Here the sun is just kissing the top of the rocks.

This shot gives you a good feel of the land.

The best part is, you didn't have to endure the bumpy truck ride, and your buttocks aren't screaming for some soft pillows.

Your welcome.


Sunny said...

Certainly not a good place to have car trouble!
Amazing scenery and I vote for you to be 'Official Rock Namer'.
☼ Sunny

SquirrelQueen said...

There are some great rock formations there. I like your name of screaming man better than 7 sailors. You really should be the official rock namer.

I think number #3 looks like a man riding a camel but the camel decided to sit down on the job.

Ruth said...

Thank you.

I especially thank you for the panorama video clip, which really gives a sense of the place. Your photos are GREAT, but there's something about the moving picture that expands the senses. Glorious!

Valerie said...

You are Rock Namer extraordinaire! I wonder if you found all that isolation a bit eerie, but I guess that would depend on the time of day.

Brian Miller said...

those rock formations are so cool. i do see the pirate ship...and the screaming be so isolated as well...had to be amazing...

Eva Gallant said...

what amazing scenery! What a trip!

Anonymous said...

What an amazing journey:) Those rock formations are just beautiful.

Mama Zen said...

These pictures are absolutely amazing! I would love to visit there.

Joann Mannix said...

You should name rocks and I bet you'd be great at naming nail polish, too.

These rock formations are truly incredible and I am now putting this on my list of places to visit.

Thanks for the beautiful pics, Pat.

Bossy Betty said...

Funny, my buttocks do hurt after this post. I think it's because these pictures were so great!

Missy said...

I love to see your travel photos!

Anonymous said...

Very cool pics.

Gail said...

Amazingly beautiful! You know my weakness is rocks. Don't think these will fit in my pocket though.

becky said...

I love your flashback Fridays!

Carletta said...

I think the monkey one looks a lot like the Sphinx.