Monday, July 10, 2017

Beautiful Navajo Tribal Lands: Shiprock, Red Valley, Chuska Mountains, and Canyon de Chelly

Wandering back to Santa Cruz from Tampa, our route took us through some beautiful tribal lands of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona.  Imagine having some of these views daily:

Shiprock, New Mexico




Red Valley, New Mexico




Narbona Pass through the Chuska Mountains, New Mexico to Arizona














Defiance Uplift, Arizona


Canyon de Chelly (de SHAY), Arizona

There are a lot (probably too many) of photos, but this is a big set of canyons: del Muerto, de Chelly, and Monument.  To visit the floors of the canyons you need to take a tour or have a Navajo guide.  Otherwise, you drive the edge...North Rim Drive and South Rim Drive...like we did and stop at the numerous overlooks.  Perhaps a photo or two will catch your eye.  Enjoy the tour.














































Spider Rock










Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ecuador Catch-All

We, the intrepid travelers by car of Ecuador, are near the end of this trip.  This catch-all post is about the interesting things we experienced, stayed in, or otherwise observed but did not get into another post.  Enjoy.


One of many candy shops along the road:


 A soda vendor in Puerto Lopez:


The Potato Market in Otovalo had big bags and piles and piles of potatoes.


Trees are being started, grown, and harvested all over Northwest Ecuador for palm oil that is becoming ubiquitous in many of our processed foods.


Indigenous artifacts from the Agua Blanca Museum outside of Puerto Lopez:


One of many creative entrances advertising No-Tell Motels:


Some great places we stayed:
Hostal Curinan in Otovalo:


Quinta de San Miguel near Lago de Yahuar Cocha:


Isla del Sol in Same (Sah-may):


Hotel Canoa Wonderland in Canoa:


Hotel Victor Hugo in Puerto Lopez:


Zaysant Ecolodge near the Quito Airport:


We stayed on the beach whenever possible.  Puerto Lopez had beautiful sunsets, cool early morning fog, and fishermen who unloaded their catches to sell:






Los Frailes Beach was touted as the best beach in Ecuador: clean, white sand and calm water:


With a wave to a llama, we say goodbye to Ecuador.