Monument Valley rainbow and sunrise

Yesterday afternoon we were looking out over the valley when Carol noticed the start of a rainbow. After a few minutes this had grown into a full rainbow, starting and finishing in the valley. The rainbow faded quite quickly, so we were lucky to get some pictures.

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Last night we slept with the cabin blind open again. I was awake before six, and was really chuffed see that we would be getting a sunrise, despite what the forecasts had predicted. I quickly got ready, and went out onto the balcony with my camera, with Carol joining me a few minutes later. It was fantastic to see the sky gradually get lighter, before the sun crept up over the horizon. We took loads of photos… here are three just to give you an idea.

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It wasn’t long before the sun was way too bright to look at or take photos of, so we packed the car, went for breakfast and then started the drive to tonight’s destination, Gallup in New Mexico. We went via Canyon de Chelly, a national park in Arizona, which my brother Dave had recommended. We didn’t have time to do any hikes, so we drove along the Southern Rim, stopping at the signposted viewpoints, and the views were great. Again the panoramic setting was needed.

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We crossed from Arizona, into Utah and back into Arizona, before entering New Mexico, the 12th US state I have visited. Arizona is a pain because they don’t do daylight savings, but on the plus side we get an extra hour tomorrow while we’re doing the Route 66 thing. Tonight, we’re staying in a Days Inn motel on the old Route 66. We’re very close to the railway, so can expect to hear trains running through the night. It could be a little noisy.

Mike

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