Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Memory Lane – Oct 13, 2008

I’m reposting a day from my trip to Four Corners, from another blog, every Wednesday.

Day Six – Monument Valley

Had a great drive down the Mesa, saw beautiful Colorado scenery and stopped at Four Corners. We took the obligatory pictures, bought some jewellery and moved on.

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Our next stop was at Mexican Hat, UT. We had lunch at the San Juan Inn Trading Post in the San Juan Bridge Grill. All fresh made, Mom and Sherri both had sandwiches with homemade fries and I had a Navajo Cowboy Beef Sandwich on Navajo Frybread, it was delicious.


Sherri didn’t want to park under the cliff after she saw the sign said “Danger Falling Rock Park at your own Risk”. Arrived at Goulding’s about 3:30pm, registered, tour confirmed and WiFi!!! Getting ready to go on the tour.

I booked a Full Moon Tour through Gouldings, and checked in after we got settled into our cabin. After picking up a few groceries Sherri and Mom dropped me off by the “bus”. It was a 1 ton 4×4 with school bus seats in the back, and a canopy with a Plexiglas front and roll up clear plastic sides. As I was waiting for the bus to leave a lady came and talked to the driver saying that she and 27 other people were waiting for the bus. So I was surprised when Terry from Delaware got on and we took off. She and I were the only passengers and we couldn’t talk to our Tour Guide Dion who was in the cab of the truck. He drove and made stops where there were things to photograph. Our first stop was at some hogans that were open to the public. He call one male and one female but didn’t/wouldn’t elaborate.

Mittens and Merrick Butte

Our second stop was at the world famous “Mittens”. West Mitten is on the left and East Mitten is in the middle and Merrick Butte is on the right. We made a few other stops and ended up at the base of the “Totem” in a restricted (Navajo Guide Only) area way off of the main road. We shot there until it was almost dark. It gets dark very fast in the desert and was truly night by the time we got back to the Mittens

Grey Whiskers and Mitchell Butte

I got this shot of Mars and the last rays of the sun looking away from the Mittens. The little red streak is a car’s taillights. I arrived back at the cabin with red sand on my clothes and in my shoes.


I was worn and weary and felt like I had accomplished something good.


One response

  1. Thanks for posting these great shots! the shot of Mercury is amazing!! Great job.


    September 8, 2010 at 11:20

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