Finally a morning came with no wind. Phew! What a relief.
There is only one hiking trail inside Monument Valley. It's called the Wildcat Trail, and it extends in a loop from the head of the valley road around the West Mitten formation. We decided it looked like a good day to tackle the walk.
It was a pleasant hike. We were mostly alone, which is always good, and it was fantastic to get so close to one of the Mittens and see how big it really is; distances are very deceiving here.
While we were on the hike, the soles of Mike's old hiking boots started to delaminate seriously. After we returned to the coach, he fired up the generator and the glue gun, and tried to put them back together. Just to be safe, though, he turned back to Amazon to find a new pair of boots. Amazon even seems to know that the shipping address is -- Moab, Utah!
The next day looked like good weather as well, so we decided to drive the valley loop. There was a portion of it we had not seen, and we'd learned from our private tour that the road shouldn't be a problem even for the low-bellied C-max. As for the red dirt, the poor car was already covered in it from the two-day windstorm!
The drive was beautiful, as was the weather. It was a great way to finish our stay.
Our last stop was a very well-known view called Artist's Point, and it did not disappoint; you can see where the name comes from.
We were scheduled to stay through the weekend to finish out our week, but we felt that we'd already stayed too long; while the scenery is beautiful, there's just not that much to do here. At first we thought it mysterious how other rigs would come and go so quickly, but now I understood. So we cut the week a day short and headed to our next destination.