Saturday, August 17, 2013

More Vacation Photos and a Giveaway!!

Windy and cool day at the Four Corners.
This place has really changed since I was a kid and my parents took us to see a plaque on the ground! 
My kids have been getting into Archery so my Daughter was able to purchase this hand crafted arrow from a local artist.  On the arrow it tells the story of what all the little dots and artwork means.
She was thrilled. 
Off to Hovenweep National Monument!  More of the early Native ruins.
It was so quiet and peaceful there.  I think we were four of probably the ten people there.
We did more hiking and it was a beautiful place! 

Of course the ever present traveling penguin.  That critter has some miles on him! 
We also were able to go to Gooseneck State Reserve and see this amazing site!
The San Juan River meanders for six miles through this two mile area to meet up with the Colorado River on its way to Lake Powell.  
It is truly a breath taking site.  Again photos do not do it justice.
I am forever trying to keep my daughter on the path.... 

 We finally made it to Monument Valley and what a FABULOUS site!
For those of you who have seen the new Lone Ranger Movie this is not in Texas this is in Utah and Arizona!
This was so confusing to my son..."Are we in Colby, Texas?"
The only hike you can do here with out a Native guide is call the Wildcat Trail.  
We packed up with gallons of water and off we went.  But we ended up with our own native guide this 
Reservation dog. 
She lead us on the trail, showed us were shade was, headed off a heard of cattle so we could pass and kept us on the right trail.  This dog loved my son and when he got off the trail she would steer him back on.
It was amazing to watch.  It was close to a 3.5 mile hike around the West Mitten and HOT!
The red sand is so fine it reminded me of the white sand my husband brought home in everything when he came home from Saudi Arabia.
We have clothes that are now stain Navajo Red! 
Another storm a coming! 
Now if you have made it this far here is the giveaway!!
Keeping Christmas in my heart all year long!
I picked this ornament due to the rust color that totally matches much of the Southwest terrain!
Top it with snow and a bit of sage brush and this is what our vacation looked like! 
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New followers always welcome.
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If you would like to share this giveaway I would appreciate it! 
A winner will be picked on August 25th and announced on the 26th (the day my kids are back in school)!
Might even be an extra little something Summer related for another follower so you have to stay tuned.
Open to all USA and Canadian friends. Good Luck to all!

Thank you for taking the time to go on Vacation with me....hopefully not to boring!
Enjoy your day,


  1. That is such a beautiful part of our country...with all of the red mesas! I lived near Farmington, NM in the Four corners for a few years. It's like living in another country! Love your sweet giveaway and I'm enjoying your photos! I'm a follower and a friend! Hugs!

  2. Hi Barb! Welcome back home! The pics of Monument Valley are wonderful!
    Enter me in your drawing! I'm a follower and will share this on my blog and through social media networks!

  3. Looks like I am going to be the first one! yea! thank you for doing the giveaway just love the photos!

  4. Photos of your trip are GREAT! Makes me want to go, and we just got back from Belize! :) Snowman ornie is adorable, no surprise there! Gonna go share this on Facebook too!

  5. Absolutely breathtaking!!! So glad you had the opportunity to take the kids with you to see a spectacular part of the our country!


  6. Awesome pics! Looks like you had a great time. :) I'm a follower.

    I think your snowman heart is very cute.

    Have a great week!

  7. Too Cute!! Please enter me in your giveaway, Valerie

  8. I do miss spending time in the four corners area. We always had fun there. Thanks for sharing all the pictures with us. :)

  9. Saw this on Vickies blog new follower here looking forward to your blog post

  10. Wow I almost missed this one Barb. I was feeling yucky when you posted this. Please enter me in your giveaway.

    I love the west, so beautiful. We passed through Monument Valley one time, so awesome. I could live in Co. very easily.


  11. Great vacation pics! Love your giveaway too - please enter me!

  12. Love your vacation photos. So Beautiful.
    Looks like a good time was had by all.


  13. Such beautiful pictures!!


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