Getting ready for our summer progress is always a bit of a "Chinese Fire Drill"....but once we are on the road all's well.
Traveling up North through Page, AZ....took some pics going through the Navajo Rez....
If you have ever been out to this part of our country....you know how majestic these Mesas can be and the red red dirt is like no other.
The Navajo were given this land as part of their treaty with the government...many, many years ago....it is pretty barren and dotted with Navajo huts and trailers now and then because many of them refuse to leave the reservation and want to continue their lifestyle as a Navajo. However, no matter how humble their home.....almost everyone has a new truck parked in their drive. I actually gave this some thought while traveling....why would you live in a ramshackle house and have a brand new truck outside. My conclusion is this.....to the Navajo....it is the land that matters....not the house upon it....this majestic land they have been given and their ancestors have lived on for centuries is what matters....the earth, the sky, the mountains....all these things are weaved in their tales and stories....this is what matters.
As far as new trucks go.....the reservation is VERY remote.....you must drive long distances to reach any modern day conveniences....thus....one needs a reliable form of transportation.
All along the roadside you see little makeshift stalls for selling pottery and jewelry made by the people from the tribe. I have never stopped in all my years of living here....I'm told good buys are a thing of the past and you can find better products at the Indian Market in Santa Fe at the August market.
Took this shot so you can see the tremendous cut that had to be made through this Mesa when the road was developed. I can't imagine being on that road crew or trying to travel to Page, AZ before this highway was developed....it is a long long way....and mighty, mighty hot.
Well....that is it for today.....we are now in Utah ....... about half way to Montana. Will visit blogs when I can....but wi-fi isn't always reliable......Thanks for stoppin' in.