Ancient canyon, ancient trees and new natural disasters
Canyon de Chelly was our last stop within the Navajo reservation. It is truly a mysterious place that was inhabited by ancient pueblo indians some 800-900 years ago. These people built their dwellings on shelves in the cliffs, and farmed the land on the canyon floor. Canyon de Chelly National Park consists of two canyons - Canyon de Chelly and Canyon del Muerto, cut out of the surrounding desert land by two rivers.
The most famous of the ruins are the White House ruins.
Antelope House ruins:
The canyon itself it incredibly beautiful. The most characteristic feature is Spider Rock. The Navajos believe it is home to Spider Woman, who taught the Navajo to weave. We spent some time studying the light here, and although there was no sunset, the rock certainly works as a sundial.
On the way to Flagstaff, we drove through the Petrified Forest National Park which also gives a good view of the the badlands of the Painted Desert. Colourful for photography, but not good for much else:
And finally, the petrified logs themselves.
And now, for something completely different. After the conference in Portland Oregon, we spent today trying to blow away the clouds surrounding Mount St. Helen's. No such luck, though.
The critters are cuter, though!
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