Monday, May 29, 2017

Four Corners National Monument


Last summer 2016 in July we had a slow spell right after one of our main town events we hold every year.  The "Panguitch Balloon Festival" has been one of our main events that brings people in from many places every year for the past 20 plus years.  So with this major event we are just running around hosting people and entertaining family and friends who come our way to enjoy the Hot Air Balloons and other entertainment put together as fun and games to booths selling crafts and food and other misc.  The Balloon Festival is held on the third weekend in June and most Balloonist start showing up on Thursday, but most people coming to visit will start trickling in on Friday.  The festivities are limited on Friday but the main events are held on Saturday. The next morning Sunday they have one more ascension then the Balloonist start packing up and heading home. On this     particular time we decided at the last minute to take a trip to the "Four Corners" as a family to just get away and wind down from busy life in Panguitch.  So on Sunday morning we packed up and headed out towards South Eastern Utah to visit the "Four Corners National Monument".  I remember as a kid my family had a vacation planned one year to visit the "Four Corners National Monument" and along the way we got to see some other places such as Santa Fe New Mexico, Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, Durango Colorado, and Lake Powell in Arizona.  As we got ready to head out we decided to go South on Highway 89 down towards Kanab Utah, then turn and head East towards Lake Powell Arizona.  We pulled into Page Arizona just outside of Lake Powell to get some treats and refresh up a bit. Then we hit the road towards Teec Nos Pos Arizona then to a lonely little two lane road to the Four Corners Monument just about 10 to 15 minutes out in the middle of nowhere. When we showed up I couldn't believe how much the Monument has changed since I visited the place 30 years before. 
We got out of our minivan and walked over to the large area that had these buildings placed in a square formation with the corners opened up to be able to walk in and out of the place.
The buildings were like concession stands facing in towards the Monument with partitions between so you can rent out a "Stall" to sell anything you wanted to sell to the guest visiting the area.  We saw Navajo ladies selling Turquoise jewelry, belts, necklaces, rings and other Indians selling t-shirts, bags, food items and drinks. 
The Monument was setup really nice with concrete everywhere with benches to sit on, platforms to walk up and look down on the Monument to take pictures and some
granite pillars with written history about each state presented there.  So if you were to stand right in the middle of the Monument you will be standing on 4 states all at once.
  The states are Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. We walked around for an hour checking out the stands and to see what they were selling and took a few pictures of the Monument with the family. After spending time there we decided to head out, and as we were walking back out to the van we saw a food stand that read "World Famous Fresh Fry Bread" 
Ohh boy, we love Navajo Taco's so we stood in line and ordered some food.  It was a bit of a wait but when we got our food we were enjoying every bite and was commenting on how we wished we had a local Taco Shop where we lived.  We finally wrapped it up and headed out towards home, and on our way we made a few more stops but mostly stayed focused on getting home.  For being a short trip it makes a long day in the car but having the opportunity to hang out as a family it is priceless in the end.

 

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