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Saturday 11 Oct
Monument Valley, USA

Monument Valley

The next morning we had a quick trip down into the town, so that John could buy the blue hat and I could pick up a present for someone.
As we walked into the hat shop Bill called out.. Jackie .. hello.. looking good girl.. yep I was wearing the hat. John found the right size in the blue hat .. Good byes were said and off we went. Back to the car and on our way to Monument Valley. Some how we missed the turn and ended up driving for about an hour out of our way. But we found a nice place to eat and took the attitude of well its another place we have seen.
When we got to Monument Valley it was dark.. there was a hold up on the way as a load what looked like straw on the back of a wagon had caught fire. So it was just after 10 pm when we got there. Little did we know what we had driven past on our way to the hotel. We checked in and found our way to the room. As we walked around the corner A WALL OF STONE HUNDREDS OF FEET HIGH. Luckily the moon was almost full, so the monuments were silhouetted against the night sky. It literally takes your breath away.
We checked and found that sunrise was about 7.45 am and knew we just had to be up to see that.
The room had a balcony and looked out over the valley, so we could see the silhouettes against the night sky. There was no way the blackout curtains were being pulled that night. I can tell you it was like waiting for Christmas morning .. waking up.. going to the window to check what could be seen and little by little as the sun came up the wonder of the valley was revealed.
We were up before the alarm went off that morning. We were taking photographs before and after breakfast. Mark and I had a quick look around the shop and I bought a couple of sand paintings. I almost forgot that I had to go and confirm we were going on the trip and pay for it. So off to the statue of the cowboy and we sign up. We are going with Don in the blue and silver vehicle. Don it turned out was a Navajo Indian who appeared to be of around the age of 60. His father had been a medicine man and he had spent a lot of time with him as his parents were working.
As we were driven around the Valley Don would stop and explain the history of the place and the Navajo. It is an amazing place and because you are in it .. can touch it and it surrounds you. You get a real feel of the place. There are some stalls set up at a couple of the stops where there is some jewellery and other craft item being sold.
Then we are taken to a place called Eagle Rock, the eye of the eagle. Don parked the vehicle a few feet away, and we walked up to it. As I did so I could feel a wall of energy.. it almost took my breath away and made me feel so emotional. I could feel my eyes fill with tears and there was nothing I could do to stop it. As I approached where Don was sitting he patted the rock beside him and said .. Come and sit here.
He then explains that when you lay back the hole in the rock turns into the eye of the eagle and you can see the face and beak, then its as if the wings of the eagle wrap around you.
Don then said he was going to sing an old Navajo healing song and just to lay back and think of someone you wanted healing for or even for yourself. As he started to sing the tears just flowed down my face and yet at the same time there was such a sense of peace.
As we sat there after Don said to me .. You have done well.. this is a very sacred place and we still do ceremonies here. Not many people pick up on the energy, But I can see and know that you have. I have to say.. I didn't want to leave, but the next group were arriving and it was their turn to feel the magic of the place. So I picked up a stone to bring back with me as I had from the place that Don had been telling us about how the navajo left drawings and signs to explain who they were and what they had done. So a part of Monument Valley has stayed with me and will be included in my medicine bundle when I get home.
On the way back the wind started to pick up and ouch! did it hurt. We spent most of the time with our heads down, I can understand how on the westerns they have their faces covered.
As we got off the vehicle and said our goodbyes. A few of us had our pictures taken with Don. When Mark had taken mine with him , Don gave me a hug and said.. I don;t know why.. but I know you are a very special person, remember that. I thanked him and said I would try my best and to keep with me the feeling of monument valley.
There was time for the a last few pictures and it was time to drive to Flagstaff.

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