Canyon de Chelly

Once turned back around and headed in the right direction (NW towards Chinle) back through more of the beautiful high desert.

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I had been to Canyon de Chelly – almost exactly 25 years ago. The timing I can be positve about as my strongest memory of the trip was morning sickness. I desperately wanted a return trip with better memories. I felt doomed to some disapppointment as I knew today my ankle was not going to let me hike, but I would at least get some views without looking hopefully for a bucket.
I arrived at Chinle without any issues and went into the vistor center and collected my map and headed off to the overlooks.

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The canyon is gorgeous and it is easy to see why people would settle here.  From this view I moved forward to the most famous of the ruins, the White House. OMG deja vu, deja vu!!!

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From the moment I got out of the car at this overlook, the memory came flooding back. Up until then, I couldn’t remember doing any hiking here but yes I did! I remember the overlook and much of the hike! How could I have forgotten?
This may end up making my son smug – that all my thoughts centered around him from that early on….
This is a beautiful hike but there are slippery rocks and some pretty steep areas as.I recall. Definitely not one to take on a bad ankle..

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This photo gives a view, pretty much from the top of the trail – the white house cliff dwelling is in that dark spot on the far side of the canyon floor.
I spent quite a.bit of time at this overlook just soaking it up and reliving a hike from.25 years ago. This little fellow helped entertain me, as he couldn’t figure out what we were looking at over the wall.

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I went on to some other overlooks but none fired my memory like the White House ruin did.
After the ruins I went and indulged in a milkshake while I determined my next port-of-call. I decided that although Monument Valley is in Utah, it is very barely N of the border and as long as I stayed in AZ it could count for my AZ road trip. So off I went to the NW again towards Zayenta – still in AZ, still on the Navajo res.

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