Didn't realize Utah is one hour ahead of Arizona until we got there so made for a short night last night in Monument Valley's Goulding's Lodge since I stayed up late to do some work on the email.
Still, up & at it early this morning to catch our jeep tour with 18 other hardy souls to get bounced & jounced on the 17 mile tour (including all the potholes) of Monument Valley with our great guide, Preston (yes, Preston is Navajo).
If you're going to Monument Valley I definitely recommend the tour. You can drive your own car into the valley, but the roads are very rough & some areas are restricted to guided tours only.
There are truly some fantastic formations of nature in Monument Valley.
This fast-food trailer isn't one of them! But, we did try Fry Bread as an appetizer (covered with chili - think taco on deep fried bread). Okay, but not something I'll make a return trip for.
Then there are arches like Ear of the Wind:
And the often photographed left mitten (yep, there is a right mitten too):
Leaving Monument Valley we headed south to spend our final night in Arizona in Flagstaff.
Sadly, the "wine report" tonight is a "whine report" - if there are good restaurants in Flagstaff we, unfortunately, didn't find one of them. The wine list at the place we wound up in, Strombolli's, is so limited and unimpressive that we just ordered a 1/2 carafe of house red - and left a good amount of that in the carafe. But, never fear, for tomorrow we will be back in San Francisco where there are more good, even great, restaurants than one can shake the proverbial stick at. So, stay tuned faithful readers, and we'll do some updates from the Bay (but perhaps not every day, though I know that saddens your hearts), but these Hearts have been to San Francisco many times & written about it just as many, so I'll endeavor to only write about new things & perhaps new wines (did I hear someone say Pinot?).