Monument Valley was a must see for me, and I booked both the Lower Monument Valley and the Mystery Valley tours. Clint picked us up for the dawn Monument Valley tour. Clint is a cool and knowledgable guy. The tour went further into the Valley than the public is allowed and Clint showed us various meeting places, petroglyphs and some former dwellings. The colours in the early morning light were lovely and warm, and Clint had a good eye for a photo opportunity. One of the good things about this tour compared to many of the other tours on that morning was the fact that we travelled in a nice comfortable and warm Chevy, rather than suffer in the back of a cold and windswept open vehicle.
In the late afternoon Myron met me for the Secret Valley tour, and as luck would have it, I was the only person on this particular trip. Secret Valley is different and smaller in extent, and has a somewhat different geology to Monument Valley itself. There are also many more old dwelling places to see. Myron explained to me various aspects of Navajo culture and history as we drove around and walked through many interesting places.
At the end of the day, I felt privileged to have been able to participate in these tours. My guides were Navajo people, with a history and connection with the land, and a willingness to show and teach.
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