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You know when you have your GPS set, and you decide to go a different way…..usually it readjusts for the new direction. Well…. We set out from Moab for Mexican Hat where we were staying for visiting Monument Valley. On the map there are two routes in a sort of square, and by eye the distances seemed about equal. In the direction the GPS didn’t use was Natural Bridge National Park, and although we hadn’t planned to visit there we thought it would be a good idea, so we went in the other direction. The GPS didn’t readjust but kept repeating “Turn around when possible” about every half mile or so. That’s when Rob Christened it Whingeing Wendy and turned it off! We duly had a quick visit to Natural Bridges National Park, and carried on. Eventually we arrived at the gloriously named Moki Dugway, or at least, the top of it. The Moki Dugway is the 4 miles vertiginous, switchback, gravel road down from the top of Cedar Mesa. Whingeing Wendy obviously didn’t recommend we go down there.

This image is taken from the top of the Moki Dugway and shows part of The Valley of the Gods on the left of the road. The unmade road is 17 miles long. You can see the track going off to the left. The main road you see going through the picture eventually leads to a right turn and then Monument Valley, which, on a clear day you can see from here. Before turning right to Monument Valley a right turn leads to Gooseneck State Park.

Anyway we set off down the Moki Dugway. Bear in mind Rob was driving, there are no barriers and he has vertigo. Also those of you who have driven cars on the side of the road you’re not used to (In the UK we drive on the left) will know you often forget to take account of the car space on the passenger side! However we did make it down safely! In the WS is a shot of Cedar Mesa from the bottom. The ridges are the road of the Moki Dugway.

Just as a side note do you notice the pink cast under the clouds, especially those on the right? I was fascinated by that throughout this area. It’s the reflected colour from all the red rocks. (It’s very noticeable on the full size image)

ISO200, FL24mm,

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