|Canyon de Chelly Overlook|
The gateway to the monument is the town of Chinle, where we stopped and Dwight enjoyed a Navajo taco. Canyon de Chelly National Monument is located entirely within the boundaries of the Navajo reservation and its operation is a joint venture between the U.S. Park Service the tribe. To access the Canyon you must be accompanied by a Park Ranger or a Navajo guide; however, one foot trail from the rim into the canyon which visits the "White House" ruins is open to the unaccompanied public. The highways which run along both the north and south sides of the canyon have overlooks, only one of which we found that was accessible. Dessert landscape surrounds the canyon.
We were in touch with the man tiling our floor as we progressed through Arizona and were finally given permission to go home. We arrived to a new floor, some of which was taped off because it was still drying, and a living room full of stacked and covered furniture. It would be awhile before our lives could get back in order, but it was good to be home in spite of the smoke which filled the Animas Valley and our house in the early morning. The good news was the coming of rain which has continued and finally begun quenching the fire. The first sign of the impending rain was a long line of dark cloud exuding moisture. I've been told that the Hopi Indians call this walking rain. Nothing could provide a better welcome home from our summer road trip!