Traveling – It makes you speechless and then it turns you into a storyteller ~ Ibn Battuta
Sandstone cliffs, ancient dwellings, and traces of civilization that date back 5,000 years, Canyon de Chelly (pronounced d’SHAY) is located on the Navajo Reservation near the Four Corners area of Arizona. Navajo families still reside in the canyon, trading, farming, and raising animals.
We started out driving the monument’s South Rim and came upon a herd of wild horses grazing. How wonderful to roam free, without restraint, and not be corralled. I’m so grateful to travel without the inhibitions of employment. My time and will is my own.
It wouldn’t be a canyon without a raven flying by to say hello. It took quite a few shots to catch this fly boy in my lens. In some mythologies, ravens are said to be a symbol of bad luck, while in others, he’s a hero, a transformer, and a trickster.
Down in the canyon is the original White House. Thousands of years before the existence of our Presidents residence, the Anasazi people built this multi-storied dwelling. I shot this photo from the overlook, but there is a trail you can take for a closer look.
To get up close and personal to the White House cliff dwelling, take the 2-hour RT, 600 feet down then up switch back trail. This is the only trail accessible in the park to unaccompanied visitors. I’m sorry to say, due to rain and mud, I chose not to hike down to the ruins.
There are a little under 100 families living down on the canyon floor. You can see an infrequent house and field from many of the overlooks. It is discouraged to take photos of the residents or their dwellings without permission. It is considered disrespectful.
Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it. ~ Teddy Roosevelt
There are many examples of Mother Nature and Father Time’s work throughout the canyon. In addition to the ruins, I just love to see how the elements carved out patterns on the walls. I find rock formations so interesting ~ maybe I should have been a geologist.
Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind, and spirit ~ Ohiyesa
Rising high from the canyon floor, the sacred Spider Rock is a 700 ft. plus sandstone spire. In Navajo lore, Spider Woman taught the people how to weave, additionally, she is known to eat naughty children. Offerings (for weaving, not children, lol!) are still made today.
One last ruin on our way out. I can just imagine what the eye doesn’t catch. The largest and best preserved site is Mummy Cave reached by the North Rim Drive (Canyon del Muerto). Unfortunately, with 400 miles to home, I think we’ll leave that drive for another day.
A birthday gift and reminiscence of our trip from my hubby. Local vendors are at most pull-overs, mainly selling handcrafted jewelry. This was more my style.
Although the artist decoded the symbols for us, it went in one ear and out the other. Fortunately, he offered to put his name and address on the back with an invitation to send a photocopy that he would mail back interpreted.
Well, I had a marvelous birthday, doing what I love to do……traveling and exploring. Currently, I haven’t any plans in the making, but I’m sure that won’t last long. I hope you enjoyed the post.