Day 970: Flying Goosnecks, Valley of the gods, and Monument Valley

Shabbos at Goosenecks State Park was quiet in our dispersed camping spot.  We walked along the rim and enjoyed the views.

This morning, I got up early and launched flight #103 from the RV.  The view from above was fantastic!  Our RV is the the lower left corner of the frame:

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Flying over the canyon:

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I flew northeast for ten miles to reach Valley of the gods:

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Coming back to land:

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Trish made a great breakfast:

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On Friday, there was a bit of tire slippage getting the RV into position, creating a layer of fine dust which captured these mouse footprints:

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We left the RV at Goosenecks and drove up the Moki Dugway.  It’s a one-lane gravel road with 10% grades and 5MPH curves:

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Views from the top:

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Driving back down:

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Views of the Moki Dugway from a pullout:

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On the way back to the RV, we drove through the Valley of the gods, which we last visited in 2011:

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We hitched up the RV and said goodbye to Goosenecks:

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Our next stop was Monument Valley.  We visited Monument Valley in 2011, but came in from the other side, so we didn’t get to see this view on the approach:

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We saw wild horses too:

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The goal of visiting Moument Valley this time was to fly out to the monuments from the Goulding’s Lodge airstrip, the only airstrip near Monument Valley.  The airstrip can be used for $50, or by Lodge guests, so we opted to stay in their dry camping, no services area for the bargain basement price of $40 a night:

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Setting up for launch:

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The air was really bumpy, so I didn’t stay up for long:

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This video has today’s two flights, as well as tomorrow’s flight here at Monument Valley:

See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.

Day 968: Shiprock and Goosenecks
Day 971, Flying Monument Valley, Visiting Hovenweep NM and Valley of the Ancients MN

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